Yves was born in 1945 in South West of France,
near to Rodez (Aveyron). He
lived in several regions of France before settling down
permanently in Niort in 1976. He was an engineer in
data processing area. Now, he is retired.
Yves discovered the mountains when he was 30
and he learned skiing much later. During these last 30 years, he has tried to
make up for lost time, by climbing, hiking and going cycling in the Alps and
During the HRP trek,
he was looking out for flora and fauna, and he tried to be the interpreter with
English-speaking and Spanish-speaking people.
Philippe was born in 1934 in Niort ( Deux-Sèvres ), a town located
near La Rochelle, between Nantes and Bordeaux. He
lived there during 40 years before settling down nearby, in the country. Former
clockmaker, he became a restorer of ancient objects for museums.
Since he was a young man, Philippe has gone all
over the mountains, yesterday climbing, to-day hiking and skiing. He is also
fond of potholing. He has specialized in the study of
underground rivers. He discovered and explored two subterranean streams in the
proximity of Niort, and he is still working to open
the access to a third one. Of course, during the HRP trek, he was the teacher for mineralogy and geology.
To translate his own feelings, he likes writing
poems. Some of them can be found on this website,
inside the trek story.