On 14th October 2012 the Austrian Skydiver,Felix Baumgartner (born 20 April 1969) broke three World Records. The first human to break the sound barrier without vehicular assistance – Mach 1.24 (1,342 kilometres per hour (834 mph). He set another World record for skydiving from 39 km (24 miles) above the surface of the Earth and he set an altitude record for a the highest manned balloon flight.
Watched by millions, Felix has become a hero for many people. As far as adventuring goes, this is a tough one to beat.
Here’s a cool short film of the legendary jump that you may not have seen before.
This is a personal video diary he made to all his fans on Facebook the day after the jump
Then an Interview on CNN news after.
Before the Redbull Stratos Space Jump, during Felix’s BASE jumping career he achieved many first’s. For me the highlight of these are his BASE jumps into caves, of which he has done three. I have done one of them (the cave of the Genies, Oman) and it was really scary. You are jumping into a small space and tight landing area, but the main thing is that you can’t see into the cave, at all, it’s completely black. Fortunately I knew that Felix had done it first, which definitely made it easier but to be the first guy, is a big deal, and Felix has been the first several times.
Because of this and also his hugely successful space jump, I propose Felix Baumgartner to be Adventurer of the year 2012.
This is a collection of his best jumps over the years
To vote for Felix click on this link http://daily.epictv.com/awards/sport/skydiving/
Share it with your friends and everyone can place one vote per day, the closing date is 24th January 2013.
Y’know, if you ever needed proof there’s a higher being, just turn to the fact that Roberta Mancino is not only a top wingsuit pilot, she’s also a supermodel!
And it doesn’t stop there. In addition to that, she also has a conscious and is motivated to use her God-given talents to help raise awareness of
her stunning beauty and curvy figure the plight of our planet’s oceans and the creatures that live in them.
Lucky for us, she’s also apparently a savvy marketer who knows that a cute girl swimming with whale sharks, performing death-defying aerial maneuvers and, oh yeah, flying a wingsuit in a bikini, can rally at least half the world’s population to support just about any cause.
Go Roberta! Save the whale sharks!!!
Mercredi 24 juillet 2012 Chamonix Mont-Blanc…Premier saut en wingsuit depuis le sommet du Petit Drus dans le massif du Mont-Blanc… Avec Géraldine Fasnacht et Julien Mayer… Bravo… merci à Sam Beaugey..
A forty year old Norwegian man has died in Chamonix following a wingsuit flight in which he was unable to open his parachute, Chamonix mountain rescue services have reported. A second wingsuiter from South Africa was also seriously injured at the same time and taken to hospital in Sallanches.
Since the start of the summer and the opening of the wingsuit lines off the Brevent, Chamonix has become a hot-spot for wingsuit jumps and until now the new sport has been embraced by Chamonix, the extreme sports capital.
The Norwegian man jumped from Brevent (2,525 meters), with his wingsuit he set off down the couloir de l’Ensa line however “He hit the ground without having had time to open his chute” said the PGHM rescue services.
Alerted at 18:00, the PGHM found the body of the victim at about 1,800 meters.
Another man, a native of South Africa, had also jumped from the Brévent moments after the Norwegian jump and was said to have suffered a crash. He was found seriously injured and taken to the hospital in Sallanches.
“He is not in a critical condition but has suffered multiple fractures to his legs” reports the PGHM.
The death of the wingsuiter has set alarm bells ringing and a meeting is due today between the PGHM and the Chamonix mayor to discuss the future of this sport in the Chamonix valley.
At present a prefectural order prohibits flights from the Aiguille du Midi during July and August to reduce the charge for the PGHM.
Could this prefectural order be extended to the Brevent? probably not as it would penalize the paragliding community.
A decision is expected today from the Chamonix town-hall.
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