Michael Mühlbach

IN DETAIL: MICHAEL MÜHLBACH / ANNA SEEWALD

"What scares me most is doing nothing "

Pilot: Michael Mühlbach
Nationality: Germany
Birth Date: 05.19.73
City: Jengen - Ummenhofen
Country of residence: Germany
Job: military, mountain-guide, iceland-guide
Web: Michael Mühlbach
Glider: SKYWALK Spice M
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps 2
Helmet: Airstyle Felix
Sponsors:  Explorer Hotels, Skywalk, Freytag & Berndt, Alpinschule Oberstdorf, Fitness & Rehapark, Christian Mayr
Assistant: Anna Seewald
Nationality: Germany
Birth Date: 05.16.83
City: Jengen - Ummenhofen
Country of residence: Germany

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
To have all competitions and adventures survied healthy. Taking part in so many great competitions like X-Pyr, bordairrace and other hike&fly adventures.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 2005. I saw some Paragliders and was immediately impressed.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have been working for years as a mountain guide in the Alps in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Iceland.

What does your typical training week consist of?
From now I start flying as much as possible, do my trailrunning, going to the gym and prepare a lot in the mountains.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best to have succesfully completed all objectives and fly.
The worst flying in a thunderstorm and almost losing control over my glider.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I started in 2016 and did not finish the route. So, I want to end this time at Port de la Selva. Finally, it´s preparation for the RedBull X-Alps.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, I was selected for 2012 and participated in 2016. Unfortunately, the race was not good for me, but I love the scenery and the nature of the race. It was great, very hot and exactly what I want.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, I have already flown in the Pyrenees.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Turn off my head and just do my thing. Do not think abaout the podium and do not pressure myself.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The landscape, the adventure, it´s a unique competition.

What scares you the most about the event?
What scares me most is doing nothing (if there are no bears or some other crazy animals) 😉

Why will she make a good assistant?
Anna accompanies me for years on my adventures and is the best supporter I can imagine. I trust her blindly and can rely on any of her decisions. She always advises me well on the track and supplies me.

Anything else you like to comment?
Thanks for the great chance to race. I´m looking forward to all the friends.