Wingsuit proximity flight comes inches to hitting cliff

BASEjumperPublished: December 20, 2016Updated: December 21, 20163,034 viewsVirality: 9%
Published: December 20, 2016Updated: December 21, 2016

Check out this POV footage of some near-fatal wingsuit proximity flying in Le Brévent, France. These daredevils come INCHES to the cliff walls, trees and terrain.

The National Geographic did an exploration on the reason these flyers meet their death during this extreme activity, after a video of a BASE jumper meeting his own death surfaced on the Internet. This man’s real name was Armin Schmieder, an Italian who lived in Freiburg, Germany. He was a 28-year-old father to a young child.

BASE is an acronym standing for the types of objects participants may leap from: Buildings, Antennas, bridges—aka, “Spans”—and the Earth itself, in the form of cliffs. Last year was the deadliest on BASE record.

“The simple truth is that wingsuit BASE jumpers don’t know what they are getting into, don’t know how to practice the sport safely, and don’t even know enough to know how little they know.” is written in the NG article.

Le Brévent is a mountain of Haute-Savoie, France, first opened in 2012. However, following a series of accidents within a short amount of time, it was closed by local authorities. It remains one of the most technical exits in the world, and for good reason!

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