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Jeb Corliss

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(born March 25, 1976 near Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States) is a professional skydiver and BASE jumper. He has jumped from sites including Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Seattle’s Space Needle, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sure enough, Corliss has dedicated his life to human flight, and in so doing often makes the seemingly impossible a reality. He is one of the world’s foremost and best-known BASE-jumpers and wingsuit pilots. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span (bridges) and Earth (cliffs) all objects practitioners leap from using a parachute. In 14 years, Corliss has made more than 1,000 jumps, from the likes of the Eiffel Tower, Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Falls in Venezuela, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and into a half-mile deep cave in China. He hasn’t simply leapt off and pulled his parachute, though. To add an extra layer of challenge, push the bounds of his ability, and further slice the razor slim margin for error, he has performed acrobatic maneuvers – twists, somersaults, and gainers – during freefall. More recently he discovered the thrills and challenge of BASE-jumping with wingsuits, flying along some of the most stunning and dangerous mountain terrain. In the nearest approximation of human flight yet, wingsuits (which are more flying squirrel than bird or plane) allow the best pilots to trace the contours of cliffs, ridges, and mountainsides at high speed. All of which makes for an incredible spectacle: In July 2011, Corliss flew feet from the ground in the Swiss Alps, an event captured on camera and broadcast on ABC’s 20/20. Two months later, in September, Corliss swooped through an arch in the side of China’s iconic Tianmen Mountain, in front of a live television audience of millions.

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Russian Base Jumpers in Wingsuit Race

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Russian Base Jumpers

Compete In Adrenaline Fuelled Wingsuit Race

Is the the world’s most extreme race? This incredible footage of base jumpers leaping from the top of a Norwegian mountain will blow you away.

Captured on a Go Pro camera, the nerve shredding video shows the gutsy group soaring through the air, each competing for the fastest time in the World Base Race, 2014.

Filmed in Innfjorden, Norway, the adrenaline junkies are seen flying merely metres away from the mountain’s jagged rocks in an effort to get the quickest time.

Invited as part of an exclusive group, Russian divers, Ratmir Nagimianov 30, Gleb Vorevodin, 37, and Alexey Drozdov, 37, were chosen as three of the best thirty jumpers in the world.

But although each of the barmy bunch were desperate to prove their worth on the world stage, it was Gleb Vorevodin who managed to outperform the competition and take the title.

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Dean Potter BASE Jumps With His Dog

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Dean Potter BASE Jumps With His Dog

Filmmaker and adventurer Dean Potter doesn’t always BASE jump alone. Sometimes he takes the plunge with his dog, Whisper, strapped to his back. This trailer features wingsuit flight footage from Potter’s film “When Dogs Fly.”

BASE jumping with a dog … it sounds like a completely crazy idea. But that’s just what one of our longtime adventurers has done—and the experience was not what he expected.

Dean Potter with his dog

Dean Potter‘s evolution over the past two decades from innovative rock climbing and linewalking to free-solo climbing to his hybrid free-BASE climbing and BASE-line walking have made him one of the most iconic and pioneering adventurers of his generation. The boundary-pushing American adventurer, 42, who lives in Yosemite, was featured in “The Superclimbers of Yosemite” in National Geographic magazine and on “The Man Who Can Fly” on the National Geographic Channel. He was named one of our Adventurers of the Year for his record-setting wing-suit flight off the Eiger. You may have seen the instant classic video “Moonwalk,” which went viral, portraying Potter walking a high line on California’s Cathedral Peak in front of a luminescent full moon.

Anyone who knows Potter knows that his beloved best friend, Whisper, is always at his side. The four-year-old, 22-pound mini Australian cattle dog dances with excitement before hiking, climbing, and even surfing with her human family, which also includes Potter’s girlfriend, Jen. In his latest film project and directorial debut, Potter explores his fantasy of wing-suit flying with Whisper, the rigorous steps he took to make it happen safely, and the dilemma it stirred in his conscience. Here watch a preview of his 22-minute independent film When Dogs Fly, which had a world premiere last weekend at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

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