Showing posts with label BASE Jumping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BASE Jumping. Show all posts

Video: BASE Jumping From The Lost City of Petra in Jordan

The Lost City of Petra is truly one of the great marvels of the world. It is an amazing destination in Jordan that simply has to be seen to be believed. In this video, we get a completely new look at the place however, as BASE jumper Miles Daisher jumps from the top of "The Treasury," the most iconic building in the entire site. As you'll see, it is quite a drop zone.

Video: Wingsuits Over the Dolomites

We all know that Italy's Dolomite Mountains are a spectacular playground for climbers and hikers, but it turns out they're pretty fantastic for wingsuiting too. As you'll see in this short video, the landscapes make for a pretty dramatic backdrop for some of the best arial footage imaginable. With Chamonix putting an end to wingsuit flights in the area – at least for now – the Dolomites could become the next big destination for BASE jumpers and wingsuiters, and this clip will tell you why.

Video: Stunning Wingsuit Flight Ends in Nasty Crash

Wingsuit pilots take their lives into their own hands every time they take flight. Case in point, in this video a flyer named Eric Dossantos starts off with a leap from the top of a mountain with stunningly beautiful views all around him. His descent down the slopes of the peak looks fantastic too, with snow covered ridges zipping by at warp speed below him. But once he soars low enough to encounter the treeline things start to go wrong with Eric ultimately crashing into the forest below. Fortunately, he survived the flight, although he did end up with fractured ribs, multiple bruises and lacerations, head trauma, and a lacerated kidney. Dossantos has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for his medical bills but it is going to be awhile before he's fully back on his feet.

The flight took place above Chamonix, France, which has recently banned wingsuit flying because of these types of dangers. This video underscores why they decided to make that decision, but thankfully Eric survived. Others haven't been quite so lucky.

How not to fly a wing suit unless you want to crash from Eric Dossantos on Vimeo.

Video: Base Jumper Sets New World Record by Leaping Off Cho Oyu

Standing 8188 meters (26,684 ft) in height, Cho Oyu is the 6th highest peak in the world, and a popular climbing destination during the fall season in the Himalaya. A few weeks back, climber/BASE jumper Valery Rozov went up the mountain in an attempt to fly off the summit. He didn't quite make it to the top, but he did manage to don his wingsuit and leap from 7700 meters (25,262 ft), setting a new world record in the process. You can learn about his expedition, and see his flight in the video below.

Video: Zipline Base Jumping in Utah

In this video, a group of extreme athletes traveled to the amazing landscapes of Utah to attempt a version of BASE jumping that I've never seen before. It's called Zip-BASE and it involves first ziplining down a long line before letting go and parachuting back to Earth. In this case, that long zipline is spread out across a large canyon and looks like quite a ride in and and of itself. But, mid-way through the descent things get even more interesting. Looks like fun, but I never want to try this.

Ultimate Playground 4K (Zip-BASE jumping) from Negative4 Productions on Vimeo.

Video: Welcome to the Birthplace of Extreme

This video takes us to the French town of Chamonix, which is widely regarded as one of the best outdoor playgrounds in the entire world. Renowned for its exceptional skiing and mountain biking, Chamonix is also the launching pad for trekking and climbing expeditions in the Alps, as well as the most popular BASE jumping and wingsuit flying destination on the planet. Here, we'll see a group of wingsuit pilots taking flight over the iconic village, while some work to overcome their fears. Chamonix is quite an impressive place to do just that.

Video: BASE Jumping Through the Clouds in Switzerland

BASE jumping can be a scary enough proposition on its own, but throw in some clouds and it gets even more difficult. That's what skydiver Felix Lorentzen and friends discovered when they made a recent jump in the mountains of Switzerland. Putting aside their trepidation they decided to go for it anyway, and the result is the video below. After all, they knew that the ground had to be down below them somewhere. Right?

Video: Watch Skydiver Luke Aikins Plummet 25,000 Feet Without a Parachute

Yesterday I wrote about skydiver Luke Aikins and his 25,000 foot jump without a parachute. At the time, I said that there had to be a YouTube video coming that would show the entire proceedings, and I was right. You can watch the entire spectacle in the clip below, which is as scary as you would expect, even knowing the outcome. It will also give you more respect for Aikins skills as a skydiver as he maneuvers into a relatively small net to arrest his fall. Amazing stuff all around.

Video: 61 Wingsuit Pilots Take Flight Together

Recently, 61 wingsuit pilots took flight over Perris, California to set a world record for the most people in such a formation. This video captured that moment in beautiful fashion, as these men and women drifted effortlessly through the air. Quite an impressive sight to see indeed.

Video: Wingsuit Pilot Flies over Active Volcano

In this video we travel to Chile with stuntwoman Roberta Mancino where the wingsuit pilot makes a dramatic flight over Villarrica, an active stratovolcano in that country's Andean mountain chain. The results are some spectacular views and a close approach to one of nature's most awesome displays of power.

Video: A Stunning Base Jumping Video in Norway

This video is equal parts stunning landscapes from Norway and adrenaline rush with base jumping footage as well. It starts off showing us some great images from a country that we already know is beautiful, and ends with a group of jumpers leaping into the air. It is a nice mix of breathtaking shots crammed into just three minutes. Definitely worth a watch.

Video: When We Were Knights - A Story of Friendship, Love, and Wingsuits

Last summer, Base Jumper and wingsuit pilot Ian Flanders died while jumping in Turkey. When he passed, he left behind a letter to his friend Matt Blank expressing his love for the life they lived and the adventure they had together. This video is a visual translation of that letter that includes some incredible footage of the two men jumping and flying together. It is a reminder to do the things we love and pursue our passions, but also let those around us know just how much they mean to us too.

Video: Wingsuit Pilot Flies Through a Ring of Fire

The title for this one pretty much says it all. Wingsuit pilot Uli Emanuele proves his skill by flying through a ring of fire at high speed. As you can imagine, this looks as crazy in motion as it sounds. Definitely don't try this at home folks.

Video: Wingsuit Flight Past Christ the Redeemer Statue in Brazil

A few weeks back I shared a preview video of wingsuit pilots preparing to attempt a flight past the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While intriguing, that clip didn't give us the full story, and left us wanting more. Now, we have the full video, allowing us to get the whole story of Jamie Flynn's Rio flight. Check it out below.

Video: Wingsuit Flight Down an Italian Mountainside

In this beautiful wingsuit video, pilots Uli Emanuele and Dario Zanon make an amazing flight from a mountain top above Lake Garda, approaching their launch site by first hiking through a cave. Their helmet cams capture some fantastic footage as they fall back to Earth, with the final challenge being a tricky landing on a small shoreline along the lake itself. Pretty impressive stuff all around.

Video: Preview - Wingsuit Pilots Fly Past Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio

This video is a preview of others to come. In January, G-Form – the makers of protective gear for every body – sent a team of wingsuit pilots to Rio to attempt to fly past the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue there. A three-part series of videos telling their story will be released later this week, but the clip below is a preview of what's to come. Check it out and get excited for the full videos that will be here soon.


Video: Wingsuit Pilot Flys Between Two Radio Antennas

We have another wingsuit video today, but unlike most of them that we see, this one isn't great because of its amazing scenery. Instead, we're wowed by the skill of the pilot, who manages to fly between two radio towers used for mobile phones. It's an impressive stunt for sure, and the scenery still doesn't look bad either.

What the Hell is Wingboarding and Will it Be the Next Big Thing in Extreme Sports?

Outside Online has published a story about an emerging new activity called wing boarding that is in the early stages of development. Inspired by the old Disney television show Tailspin from back in the early 90's, wing boarding is the brainchild of aerospace engineer Aaron Wypyszynski, who has designed a flying wing that is pulled behind an airplane with a person standing on it. In simpler terms, it is wake boarding in the air.

Over the past couple of years, Wypysznski has been developing prototypes of what he calls the WingBoard. In its current state, this flying platform spans 12-feet and weighs approximately 70 pounds. It has bindings attached to it much like a snowboard, and allows a full grown man to be towed through the air behind an airplane, doing all kinds of stunts in the process.

Outside says to date, the engineer has spent more than $25,000 on this project, which he hopes one day will be used at airshows with extreme athletes carving up the sky behind stunt planes. In a sense, it would be surfing through the sky, with safety features such as breakaway bindings and parachutes on both the pilot and the board, to ensure that no one gets injured in the process.

So far, only scale models of the WingBoard have been flown, with the most recent test involving a prototype that is 40% of the actual size of the end product. A similarly scaled model of a human was attached to that prototype, with the test running coming off without a hitch – including a full barrel roll. If further testing goes as planned, Wypysznski could begin producing and selling WingBoards as early as next year.

So? What do you think? Would you ride this thing? Check out the video below for a look at one of the models in action.


Video: Adventure Highlights From 2015

Now that 2015 is squarely behind us, we can look back at the year that has passed an think about some of the amazing adventures that took place over the course of those 12 months. There were some amazing expeditions, challenges, and accomplishments for sure. In this video, Redbull reviews their own very adventurous year with some great clips of climbing, BASE jumping, mountain biking, and so much more. It is a good video retrospective of some of our favorite activities. Here's to another adventurous year in 2016!

Video: A World-Record 164-Person Skydive

Setting up and pulling off a world record skydive attempt isn't easy. There is a lot of preparation and coordination that goes into such an event. This video not only gives us a behind the scenes look at how something like that comes together, but it also takes us into the air to join 164 skydivers as they link-up mid-flight to set a new world record. As you can probably imagine, it is a pretty spectacular sight.