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Mike was born into a world of piloting and aviation. To this day, his life revolves around the sky. Mike is one of the world’s most experienced paraglider, wingsuit and speedwing pilots. He is a master-rated paragliding instructor, tandem master and sailplane pilot in addition to his many years of wingsuit BASE and skydiving experience. Mike racks up over 150,000 air-miles each year traveling to wingsuit projects around the world. Mike is the COO of Squirrel and a primary wingsuit and canopy test pilot.
Catching up with Matt Gerdes
BY: Lesley Gale
Matt Gerdes has been flying in the open air most of his life. Paragliding, skydiving, speed flying, base jumping… he is the author of the Great Book of BASE, a co-founder of Squirrel wingsuits and loves to take his friends on a flying adventure…
How many skydives, base jumps?
In the past ten years I have made close to 1,000 BASE jumps and around the same amount of skydives.
Other aerial sports you’ve done and to what sort of level?
Over 2,000 hours flying paragliders, since 2000.
Over 1,000 flights in speed flying wings, most sub 10m / 100sqft.
Equipment jumped, and history
My current main canopy is a PD Optimum and I think it’s the perfect solution for wingsuit jumping. Javelin Odyssey is my container.
Still alive after about a thousand jumps!
Favorite base moment
Landing safely at the foot of the Eiger north face with my friend Jimmy. It was my 19th BASE jump and I had 11 skydives at the time.
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Matt Gerdes – September Sessions
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.
Base Jump from paraglider Lauterbrunnen
Marco Schultz, Peter Blokker, JP de Kam
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!