Let’s start this post off with some conversions, to make sure those of you that like to do math the hard way can be in on exactly how damn ridiculously tiny this hole in the wall is:
Roughly 2.6 meters translate to roughly 8.5 feet.
Not a whole lot bigger than the wingspan of a wingsuiter flying through, huh?!
From the video
The exact measurement is approximate, since the ancient measuring technique of eyeballing it with the aid of a walking stick has not been calibrated to complete satisfaction. Regardless of units used, we can all agree that the area in that rock face that is without rock, is of the itty-bitty variety. For wingsuiting purposes at least.
Italian BASE jumper Uli Emanuele prepared long and hard for this particular jump – over three years in the making. In general he focuses his BASE endeavors on finding places that have not been jumped before and searching out new terrain for flight lines.
This kind of jumping is certainly not for everyone and the margin for error is absolutely tiny. In recent years we have covered quite a few proximity flight related deaths. We are glad this one had a happy ending, and that we can gawk over this spectacular footage knowing that Uli landed softly near cuddly alpacas (or are they llamas?), in stark contrast to the adrenaline riddled jump itself.
There has certainly been some discussion in the community about wether this is a good idea at all, and the motivation behind it. Is it fame? Glory? The ultimate in human flight? Overcoming fears? Plain stupid? Is it giving wingsuit BASE a bad name or is it an incredible display of what a person can accomplish when he or she is willing to prepare and work hard?
I don’t know. I suspect there is no easy, simple answer. I am duly impressed though, and wish Uli a long, safe and happy life chasing his dreams, on his own terms. And now I’m going to watch the video for the 38th time, because that music and the visuals are just incredible.
Each year Stavanger BASE Klubb hosts a BASE jumping event called The Heliboogie in the small Norwegian town of Lysebotn. The event is a four-day BASE jumping extravaganza, during which jumpers from all over the world converge on the small town, with its dramatic setting, for non-stop BASE jumping and fun.
Lysebotn is located at the head of the long Lysefjord, and lies more than 3,000 feet below the two gigantic cliffs that flank the waterway.
When the weather is nice in Lysebotn—and it’s often rainy and chilly at this northern latitude—standing at the edge of the fjord, dead-center between two 3,000ft cliffs with waterfalls everywhere is awe-inspiring. Even if you’re not a jumper or a climber, Lysebotn should still be on your bucket list to visit just to experience its natural beauty.
At the Heliboogie this year, two helicopters took turns transporting jumpers from the town to the top of the south cliffs. It’s a quick five-minute ride as the helicopter makes its steady ascent to the top. Once you’ve set down, the view is absolutely stunning. Even at this time in early summer snow blankets the cliff tops. From the landing site, it’s a very short walk out to Exit 6, on Kjerag, the mountain point 3,228 feet above the valley floor. The cliffs provide plenty of other exit points, but Exit 6 was the most popular for jumpers at the Heliboogie. As a non-jumper, watching people run off Kjerag and descend to the base of the cliffs at the edge of the deep blue water was breathtaking. In a tracking suit and/or wingsuit, the free fall off Kjerag can last up to 30 seconds. When looking upward from the landing area, jumpers look like tiny specs against the gigantic cliff walls, falling ever so slowly down to the valley floor.
Check out the video below, which is raw footage of a three-way gainer off Kjerag. The video is just a teaser for what’s to come. GoWorld Project and Negative4 Productions are planning to release several videos and one documentary of this year’s Heliboogie event, so be sure to subscribe to the Negative4 Productions YouTube channel, so that you can automatically receive these epic videos in your feed.
Ready? 3, 2, 1… BASE!
Aerodyne Research has released powder-coated reserve handles in bright new colors, allowing Icon owners to reach new heights in gear matchy-ness. Arch, look, reach and all that jazz – in style.
Handles are available in Corsa Red, Electric Blue, Electric Lime, Cab Red, Deep Purple, Gloss Black, Stealth Flat Black and Gunmetal. The good old standby of Polished Classic remains available.
Image courtesy of Aerodyne Research
Handles are available for order via the Aerodyne website and retail for $90.00 as a spare part. Icon owners should make sure to have your their serial number handy to complete the order.
In that order.
Never a dull moment around Trunk from Hypoxic. In the video below you can see Trunk’s canopy open with a tension knot on the left front riser. He wrangles with it for a short moment, cuts away and deploys his reserve. Then the video shifts into time-lapse mode for approach and landing – and eventually following the cutaway main canopy as it lands in a pond.
Trunk proceeds to strip down to his skivvies, jumps in the pond to retrieve his beloved Valkyrie and doggie paddles it back to shore. All perfectly captured by his GoPro and expertly edited by the master himself.
Well done, Trunk!!
Sydney Williams of Planet Green Socks has big dreams for the events in the skydiving industry. There are a handful of legendary events that continue to blow our minds year after year, event after event.
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