Philippe was born in France.
After scientific studies and a commercial pilot license, Philippe held different management positions in large companies in France and USA.
After 18 years in IT and Product Engineering he became full-time athlete in 2013 pursing his passion for adventure.
After the Great Himalaya Trail (1,200km in 34 days) in November 2013, Philippe embarked on a year of challenges around the world;
300 km in Patagonia,
250 km race in Jordan,
ski in the Alps,
ascent of Makalu (8,463m),
12 Alpine routes in Mont Blanc Massif,
2500 km of road and trail running,
another 250 km race in Madagascar,
150 boulders up to V11 sent in Bishop (USA),
200 km unsupported running in Death Valley and Yosemite and
200 sport routes up to 8a on-sight climbed in Kalymnos (Greece), Antalya (Turkey) and France.
In 2015 he made an attempt on K2 (8,611 m) before resuming trail running, rock climbing and Alpinism in the Alps.
Philippe (© B. Ingham)
Expeditions and Alpinism
- 7th Frenchman to complete the 7 Summits Challenge and successfully climbing them all at the first attempt: Mt. Everest, Vinson, Carstensz, McKinley, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and Elbrus.
- 4th Frenchman to succeed the Kangchenjunga (8,586m), first French ascent in 28 years.
- Ascent of Makalu (8,463m).
- Fast ascent of Khan-Tengri (7,010m) in 10 days: France-summit-France.
- Off season ascent of Ama-Dablam (6,812m).
- Philippe went to multiple 8000m expeditions: Everest, K2, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Cho-Oyu and Gasherbrum I and II.
- He has climbed in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Nepal, Tibet, Chile, Argentina, Pakistan, Tanzania, Antarctica, Russia, Alaska, Indonesia.
- Over the past decades he climbed over 200 peaks in the Alps.
- He made many ascents in the Mont Blanc Massif including eight routes on the Mont Blanc itself and 30 solos.
Summit of Makalu (8,463m) (© P. Gatta)
Trail and Ultra
Philippe has run more than 60,000 km
(37,500 miles) around the world, 1.5 time the circumference of the Earth, and completed over 20 Ultra-trail and multi-day races
- Great Himalaya Trail: 1,200 km in 34 days.
- Spine Challenger (UK): winner and record holder (2013), 174 km winter Ultra-trail.
- Ultra Trail Mont Fuji: 161 km and +9,165m, non-stop race.
- Jordan Race: 250 km self-supported in 6 stages.
- Madagascar Race: 250 km self-supported in 6 stages.
- Gobi Desert (China): 250 km self-supported in 6 stages. Finished 3rd.
- Atacama Crossing (Chile): 250 km self-supported in 6 stages. Ran as a team with his wife.
- Sahara Race (Egypt): 250 km self-supported in 6 stages. Finished 6th.
- Everest Sky Race (Nepal): 200 km and +11,000m elevation, self-supported.
- Marathon des Sables (Morocco): 224 km in 6 stages.
- Himal Race (Nepal): 650 km and +23,000m of elevation gain.
- Diagonale des Fous (La Réunion): 130 km non-stop.
250 km in Sahara (© P. Gatta)
- Climbed more than 1,500 sport routes in 60 cliffs.
- On-sight 8a (5.13b), red-point 8b+ (5.14a) and V11 (8A) in bouldering.
- Philippe coached youth climbing teams in USA and Fance at international level (world championship).
- He has opened or bolted more than 50 routes.
- Wrote and contributed to several climbing topos.
Climbing in Kalymnos (© A. Gatta)
Working with Sponsors
If you are interested by a collaboration with Philippe
- Sponsored athlete since 1997, Philippe has worked with multiple R&D teams in product design, development and testing.
His engineering background facilitates the collaboration with product development teams.
- He contributed to the development of Award winning products at ISPO and Friedrichshafen.
- He is constantly working with marketing teams on ads, articles, photo shoots, video, TV adverts.
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Product testing with a thermal camera (© B. Ingham)
Media and Press
- Lectures and conferences in USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan, Spain and India.
- Philippe took professional photos used by medias, magazines, sponsors and image banks.
- He wrote articles in running and climbing magazines and websites.
Media and Press (© P. Gatta)
In September 2013, Philippe and Anna Gatta embarked on a hugely ambitious adventure - run the high route of the Great Himalaya Trail
Philippe aimed to cover the high route in just 40 days, while Anna planned to join him for half of the distance.
Cyclone, avalanches, landslides, rock falls, mud, snow, furious rivers, storms, illness, exhaustion, fear, pain... They had it all.
You can book Philippe and Anna
for a lecture about the Great Himalaya Trail.
Great Himalaya Trail Motivational Speech
Thanks to all Sponsors for their support and commitment.
All these adventures won't be possible without them.
Winner and record holder of Spine Challenger 2013, 174 km winter Ultra-trail (© E. Bruce)