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KL Tower Base Jump 2013

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2870 Jumps in 4 days at KL Tower Base Jump 2013

AERIAL CHRONICLES OF A VENETIAN, EP. 5

BASE jumping at night? Anything goes at the KL Tower BASE 2013… Vladimir Spigler and Marco Regina travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend the KL Tower BASE Jump event 2013. BASE jumping a building legally is seldom around the world. A 100 BASE jumpers from 20 different countries gathered at the 429m high tower to leap off of it and completed all together 2870 jumps in 4 days and 3 nights. Director: Vladimir Spigler
Producer: Vladimir Spigler
Athletes: Vladimir Spigler, Marco Luigi Regina, Ivan Colella, Leonid Fedorenko, Fred Fugen, Carlos Briceno

2870 jumps in 4 days @ KL Tower BASE Jump 2013 | Aerial Chronicles of a Venetian, Ep. 5

Flight from Brevent with Alexander Polli

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GroWings, Ep. 5

First Wingsuit Flight from Brevent with Alexander Polli

In Episode 5 Nate steps up the difficulty of his jumping before he takes on his goal of the summer, wingsuit jumping the notoriously technical, difficult and dangerous Brevent.

GroWings is a six-episode web series which follows wingsuit pilot Nathan Jones over the summer, traveling and training throughout the mountains of Europe to prepare himself to reach the goal of flying the more technical and advanced terrain of Brevent in Chamonix, France.

Credits: Music – Elegant Euphoria by Chris Haigh – Black Dub by Peter McIsaac
Camera man and editor – Mateffy Istvan
Wingsuit Cameraman – Brian Drake and Zak Tessier
Special thank you to: Brian Drake, Alexander Polli, Zak Tessier, Carlos Pedro Briceno and Jools Bee.
Director: Mateffy Istvan
Producer: Mateffy Istvan
Athletes: Nathan Jones, Alexander Polli, Zak Tessier, Alex Miziuk

First Wingsuit Flight from Brevent with Alexander Polli | GroWings, Ep. 5

Frank Gambalie

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Frank Gambalie lived to test the limits of BASE jumping

Fragment of story that appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 21, 2000, by Janet Reitman

Frank Gambalie

NEARLY DAWN in Yosemite, and the crisp June air crackled with an icy chill. Atop the ghostly summit of El Capitan, the park’s most famous peak, BASE jumper Frank Gambalie knelt by the western precipice, shivering slightly. Yosemite Valley lay 3,600 feet below, sliced by the Merced River and enveloped in velvet darkness. Gambalie stared into the abyss, then, tethered to a short length of climbing rope, he belayed down several feet until he hung backward off the wall’s face. He pulled a stone from his pocket and dropped it, following its trajectory, calculating its fall rate against the wind. He repeated the experiment several times. Then he pulled himself back onto the summit.

In minutes, Gambalie would jump from this spot, plunging nearly a third of a mile and accelerating to a heart-stopping 120 miles per hour before deploying his parachute 1,500 feet above the valley floor. He’d BASE jumped from the eastern face of El Cap more than a dozen times, but the western, or Salathe, face, was more challenging. To avoid spanking the side of the wall, he had to clear a large boulder protruding 100 feet below the summit, then immediately sail away. Gambalie had made this jump once before – the only person to have done so.

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