BASE jumping isn’t even allowed in most countries. As you might have seen in my article of a few days ago, the reason why this extreme sport is banned in so many countries is because it is so dangerous. There have been many fatalities considering how few people participate in the sport.
However, in the world of BASE jumping, Felix Baumgartner is certainly the best at it. If it’s worth trying he will have tried it… if it’s never been done before he, undoubtably, will be the first to do it.
Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian, is a skydiver and a a BASE jumper. He spent time in the Austrian military where he practiced parachute jumping, including training to land on very small target zones. He is a member of the Red Bull Air Force team. His nickname is “Fearless Felix” and “God of the Skies” because of the dangerous nature of the stunts he has performed during his career.
In 1999 he claimed the world record for the highest parachute dive from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On 31st July, 2003, he became the first person to cross the English Channel in freefall using a specially made fibre wing.
He also became the first person to BASE jump from the completed Millau Viaduct in France on 27th June, 2004, and the first person to skydive onto, and then BASE jump off the Turning Torso building in Malmö, Sweden in august, 2006.
On 12th December, 2007 he became the first person who jumped from the 91st floor observation deck, then went to the 90th floor (about 390 m (1,280 ft)) of the tallest completed building in the world Taipei 101, Taipei, Thaiwan.
and check out this video of a 120m deep cave in Muscat, Oman. The cave is one of the world’s largest natural chambers. Thanks to Felix, again, for the vid.