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.