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Base Jumping in Alps – extreme videos

Old VHS Footage of Shane McConkey

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Old VHS Footage of Shane McConkey

Take a look back in time with Shane McConkey as he BASE jumps from a cliff in Lauterbrunnen. This segment and many more are featured in the film “McConkey”, now available on Red Bull TV!

Fly in Peace, Shane – “You have one life. Live it.”

Shane McConkey (December 30, 1969 – March 26, 2009) was a professional skier and BASE jumper. He was born in Vancouver, was eventually based in Squaw Valley, California, but because he never identified with a single place due to his itinerant childhood, was “from” Boulder, Colorado, where he started his professional skiing career and attended the University of Colorado Boulder before dropping out of college.

Shane McConkey

He won numerous awards and competitions. McConkey started as a competitive ski racer, but moved on to be featured in a long line of extreme skiing movies. McConkey was known for combining BASE jumping with skiing, as seen in such feats as skiing into a BASE jump off the Eiger. McConkey went to Burke Mountain Academy. He was also known for his contributions to ski design, notably being the father of reverse sidecut and reverse camber skis (aka: skis with rocker); first mounting bindings onto water skis for use in Alaska, then with the Volant Spatula and, more recently, the K2 Pontoon ski design. McConkey’s high-speed chairlift and ski area at Park City Mountain Resort are named after his father, Jim McConkey, who was an early proponent of extreme skiing in the U.S. On April 2, 2011 Shane McConkey was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of fame along with other Tahoe skiers, Daron Rahlves and Glen Plake.

On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey died while executing a ski-BASE jump in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. One of his skis failed to release, sending him into a spin. After he corrected the problem, it was too late to deploy his parachute.

Matt Gerdes – September Sessions

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Matt Gerdes – September Sessions

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Matt Gerdes

Matt Gerdes tells us:
“BASE Jumping is probably the deadliest and most dangerous sport in existence. It is so dangerous that we actually don’t recommend that you do it. In fact, we honestly think it’s a bad idea. We also think it’s probably the most fun that a human being can have.”

Matt has completed over 1200 safe BASE jumps to date, the vast majority of which being wingsuit flights from alpine cliffs. He has opened many new lines of flight and his videos and BASE book are well known to jumpers around the world, with more than ten years’ experience in the paragliding industry.

Marco Schultz – Base Jump from paraglider Lauterbrunnen

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Base Jump from paraglider Lauterbrunnen

Marco Schultz, Peter Blokker, JP de Kam

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Peter Blokker, JP de Kam and Marco Schultz.
What a fun we had with the powers of mother nature!

Marco was born in Gouda, Netherlands. He started skydiving in 2005 and fueled by his passion for freeflying, he started Freefly Triquetra in 2010, providing coaching jumpers at Paracentrum Teuge.

Marco likes to share his knowledge with other jumpers and enjoys travelling. His BASE journey started in 2007, has jumped in 8 countries, participated in events such as Kemaliye Dark Canyon, Tallinn TV Tower and in 2014 he came in 2nd place at the ProBase Istanbul Showdown!

Cedric Dumont – through the Crack Gorge in Switzerland

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Cedric Dumont

Wingsuit Gliding through the ‘Crack’ Gorge in Switzerland

Soaring at speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour, Belgium BASE jumper Cedric Dumont has embarked on his latest conquest – taming the ‘Crack’ gorge in Switzerland’s beautiful Churfirsten mountains.
During his two minute descent Dumont is seen only meters from the rock face.

Churfirsten is a mountain range in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland. They form the natural boundary between the canton’s Toggenburg and Sarganserland districts. They are the southernmost range of the Appenzell Alps, separated from the Glarus Alps by the Seez river and Lake Walen. They consist of a limestone ridge running east to west, with the individual peaks formed by erosion. The ridge is defined much more sharply to the south than to the north, with an almost vertical drop of several hundred meters towards Walenstadtberg and eventually Lake Walen at 419 m. The southern slope of the range was significantly formed by the Rhine Glacier during the Würm glaciation.