Following my previous blog that showed a man flying without a plane, my old chum George just pointed me at two videos that left my heart pounding…
One of the items and videos I presented in my earlier blog Some interesting “stuff” and some mega-weird “stuff” related to Swiss pilot Yves "Jetman" Rossy, who is said to be the first man in history to fly like a bird. Having said this, Rossy was equipped with fiberglass and carbon fiber wings powered by kerosene-fueled engines … but it was still pretty darned impressive.
Anyway, my old chum George saw that blog and emailed me to say “Max, you should check out this awe-inspiring wing-suit video!” along with a link to the first video shown below. He quickly followed this up with a link to the second video show below.
Now, it’s easy to throw terms like “awe-inspiring” around. I hear this sort of thing a lot, but quite often I’m left feeling a little deflated and “ho-hum” after seeing whatever it is that someone else thought was staggeringly exciting.
This is certainly not the case with these videos, which involve a guy called Jeb Corliss jumping off the top of mountains and zipping around the sky using a wing-suit. There are times when Jeb looks like he’s going to hit the ground or the side of a mountain or something…
Words fail me – seriously! All I can say is that while I was watching these videos my heart was pounding and I found myself gripping the sides of my seat. As someone commented on YouTube “That man's balls have their own gravitational field.” I second that motion!
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One thing I remember was how quite it was at 2000 feet -- three of us jumped one after the other .. .we must have been a couple of hundred yards apart, but since we were all drifting with the wind (and since there was no other source of noise) we could talk to each other and hear each other perfectly...
I totally enjoyed static line jumps! I only stopped due to cost and graduating from college (needed to settle down and get to work). I thought that at some point I would go back to jumping but work, marriage, kids, and responsibilities made me realize that it was fun to jump but that I had moved on. I look back fondly upon the experiences and would not have changed a thing. My advice is: go ahead and try things (that probably won't get you killed)!
I did three static line jumps in my mid-20s ... I remember how happy I felt when I decided not to do any more (grin)
Having said that, it was an amazing experience and I would totally recommend it to anyone
drat beaten to it on rollerman links
Come on Max, haven't you been paracuting yet ?
A bit of adrenlin is good for the system
Free fall is much more fun than static line jumps!
12,000 feet to 4500 feet in 1 min 30 sec
Could try some buggy rolling http://www.buggy-rollin.com/
Like this crazy French guy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFk3vncVGns&feature=relmfu including at night
I'll just stick with motorbikes for the moment
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