“If riding in an airplane is flying, then riding in a boat is swimming. If you want to experience the element, then get out of the vehicle.” (Anonymous) It’s a strange thing that the closer an experience is to death, the more alive it makes you feel. Skydiving is one of those things. I have not found a single thing more exhilarating than that amazing feeling after the airplane doors open and the cold air rushes toward your face and you look down to see the tiny world beneath you as you plummet towards the ground. The chute opens and fear melts away as you gently sail to a safe landing, but the natural high lasts for hours after you hit the ground. Something magical happens along that 15,000 feet journey that quickly puts life in perspective and returns you to the land with a new sense of clarity. [Read more...]
On October 14th, 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for highest skydiving altitude, jumping from space, with a free fall that enabled him to surpass the speed of sound. Just two days later, this hilarious Lego re-enactment highlighting the key moments of the jump was released. The video is to promote the Model Maker Fair which will take place in Vienna on October 25th-28th. It’s one small step for Lego man, one giant leap for mankind’s entertainment. [Read more...]
Jeb Corliss recently found his videos all over the news, featuring his near fatal crash at Table Mountain in South Africa. He survived and after many other previous stunts including flying through a cave in China, it is a wonder he is still alive today. His crash was not enough to discourage stuntman Gary Connery in his recent world record wingsuit jump, landing without a parachute into a pile of cardboard boxes. [Read more...]
Very few people can say they have climbed Mt. Everest… even fewer can say they have skydived Mt. Everest. The first successful climb of the world’s highest peak was in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, when famously Sir Hillary insisted that Norgay take the last steps to the summit, so that neither could claim to be the first on their own. Since then, many more have reached the summit — blind people, disabled people and more. It was not until 55 years after the first successful climb that someone decided that skydiving the peak was in order. [Read more...]
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It is not often that suicidal thoughts can be the source of something positive in someone’s life. When he was growing up Jeb Corliss often had thoughts of suicide and was extremely depressed. For someone that does not care whether they die or not, base jumping and parachuting seem like a perfect fit. Jeb started out as a skydiver and then went on to become a base jumper. His depression went away, but then became an obsession. [Read more...]
Exactly what does it feel like to be a flying squirrel? These three Wingsuit videos could help you find the answer, or maybe a new adrenaline-filled hobby. Combining skydiving and a special suit with fabric between the arms and legs, Wingsuit flying opens up the possibility for greater control and more horizontal flight.
This sport really brings new dimensions to the phrase “chasing your shadow.”