Take a look behind the scenes as Jeb Corliss fufills his quest to make history. The first person to fly through Heaven’s Gate in Tianmen Mountain, China.
Tianmen Mountain is a mountain located within Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, in northwestern Hunan Province, China.
A cablecar was constructed by the French company Poma from nearby Zhangjiajie railway station to the top of the mountain. Tianmen Mountain Cableway is claimed in tourist publications as the “longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world”, with 98 cars and a total length of 7,455 metres and ascent of 1,279 metres. The highest gradient is an unusual 37 degrees. Tourists can walk on kilometres of paths built onto the cliff face at the top of the mountain, including sections with glass floors. An 11 kilometres road with 99 bends also reaches the top of the mountain and takes visitors to Tianmen cave, a natural hole in the mountain of a height of 131.5 metres.
A large temple is also located on the summit with chairlift or footpath access. The original temple here was built in the Tang Dynasty. Today a more recent construction with Tang dynasty architecture occupies the site and includes a vegetarian restaurant in the 10000 sq mi of setting.
On September 25, 2011 Jeb Corliss glided through the 30 m wide archway in the mountain using a wingsuit. The flight began from a helicopter at 1,800 m, and ended with a safe landing on a nearby bridge. The World Wingsuit League held the first and second World Wingsuit Championships in Tianmen. On October 8, 2013, during a training jump for the second world championships, Viktor Kováts plunged to his death when he was unable to open his parachute.
In August 2016, a glass skywalk overlooking Tongtian Avenue, called the “Coiling Dragon Cliff, was opened to the public.
Dwain Weston – should be an inspiration to many of us. This video is dedicate to him, his family and his friends. Scenes are extracted from a documentary called “fearless”.
Dwain Weston was an Australian skydiver, BASE jumper and wingsuiter. On 5 October 2003, while participating in the inaugural Go Fast Games, Weston was killed attempting to fly over the Royal Gorge Bridge near Cañon City, Colorado.
Weston, who was originally from Sydney, Australia, worked as a computer analyst. He made over 1200 BASE jumps in ten different countries, including a jump from the 73rd floor of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was considered one of the best and most experienced BASE jumpers in the world. In 2002, he won the world title in BASE jumping. He served as president of the Australian BASE Association (ABA). He was among the first BASE jumpers to introduce acrobatic elements in the jumps, and was a pioneer in various jumping techniques.
On 5 October 2003, while participating in the inaugural Go Fast Games, Weston was killed attempting to fly over the Royal Gorge Bridge near Cañon City, Colorado. Weston was wearing a wingsuit, a skydiving suit with fabric extended below the arms to the body and between the legs to catch air allowing for horizontal travel when skydiving. Weston was to go over the bridge while fellow skydiver Jeb Corliss was to go under it. Just prior to the jump, Weston said to Corliss, “Whatever happens happens”.
Miscalculating the winds and his distance from the bridge, Weston struck a railing while traveling an estimated 120 mph (190 km/h), severing one of his legs at the hip. Spectators on the bridge witnessed the event. Some filmed the accident and captured the reaction of the crowd and the damage to the bridge. At impact with the bridge, Weston’s parachute deployed and he fell onto a rock face about 100 yards from the bottom of the gorge. While either impact would likely have killed him independently, it is assumed he was dead after impact with the bridge.
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.
Zak Tessier is a bit of an odd duck – if you have hung out much in Lodi, CA, or Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, then you’ve probably met him – living out of a van, living to jump – and you probably sensed his intense dedication to our sport, and for pushing himself to a higher level each day. His raw, frothy passion for BASE is almost freakish, and can make a normally passionate jumper feel somewhat lame and part-time by comparison.
“Zak Tessier – the multitool, the swiss army knife of the sky. Not only versatile with the skills of wingsuiting, BASE jumping, aerial photography, and canopy piloting, Zak is also our engineer. If we can think it, he can build it and rig it.” – Harry Parker Continue reading Zak Tessier→