Ready to fly? Try your luck when you enter to win our tandem BASE raffle!

If a tandem BASE jump at Bridge Day is on your bucket list (why wouldn’t it be?!), now is your chance to fly! We’re raffling off one tandem BASE jump at this year’s Bridge Day, and tickets are now on sale. If you’re chosen, you can jump off the New River Gorge bridge with the other BASE jumpers at America’s biggest BASE jumping festival!

There’s a few rules you’ll need to consider before purchasing a ticket:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must weigh less than 180 lbs.
  • You must be in good health.

That’s it! Tickets are $25 each. Now all you need is a little cash and some luck.

What is tandem BASE jumping?
If you’ve been to Bridge Day before, you know that hundreds of folks fly and rappel off the New River Gorge Bridge. Both are done solo by experienced adventurers.

But did you know that it’s also possible to go BASE jumping with a professional jumper? It’s a great way to fly for the first time. You gear up with a pro, walk onto the ledge of the 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge and leap into the gorge.

Spots for this exciting experience sell out quickly. In fact, only a few are left for this year’s Bridge Day.

But if you’d rather save some money and are feeling lucky, get a raffle ticket instead. Who knows, maybe you’ll be in line at Bridge Day with the other BASE jumpers.

Important dates
Raffle tickets are on sale until October 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. That’s not much time – what are you waiting for? Good luck! And don’t forget, this year’s Bridge Day will be held October 20, 2018.

Win that tandem BASE ticket!

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Registration is open for Bridge Day 5k

There’s no other race like it. Dramatic and unusual, Bridge Day 5k begins on America’s third highest span. Want a piece of the action?

On your marks, get set, register! 
Every October, Bridge Day attracts hundreds of BASE jumpers, hundreds of rappellers, and thousands of onlookers. It’s the world’s most extreme sports event. Since 2016, Bridge Day 5k has launched the festival at sunrise.

This year’s race (and Bridge Day, of course) are on Oct. 20, 2018. It may seem far away, but Bridge Day 5k registration is officially open. Spaces go quickly, too. After all, this is the only chance you get to jog on the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge!

Active Southern West Virginia, the race organizer, has just 400 slots available. Entry fees are $50 per person from now until August 31. After that, the price raises by increments, so it’s worth registering soon. What’s more, you’ll receive a commemorative shirt and participatory medal. Those perks are no longer guaranteed after Oct. 10.

The course
Now for the fun part: the New River Gorge Bridge. At 876 feet high and 3,030 feet long, it’s quite a monument. The views are stunning, too. Deep canyon ridges spread in either direction. So does the mighty New River. Brilliant autumn forests, gauzy fog, and pink early light make the event even better.

Against this backdrop, racers start from the north end of the bridge and jog towards Fayetteville. Much of the course is on open roads through the historic district. At other times, you’ll go through the town park—a picturesque setting with fields and woods. The race eventually finishes by the Fayette County Courthouse.

Incentives
As if scenery and venue aren’t enough, Bridge Day 5k has some nifty benefits. For one thing, it’s a real race. Runners get official chip timing, race photos, and snacks at the finish line.

For another, Bridge Day 5k has multiple categories based on age. The top finishers from these divisions receive special medals. If you’re a competitive runner, now’s the time to start training.

Bridge Day 5k also benefits local kids’ running clubs. When you register, you’re helping the community.

See you at the finish line!

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Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet – A Door in the Sky

Two wingsuit flyers just BASE jumped into a plane in mid-air

soul-flyers

French wingsuit flyers recently completed an unbelievable stunt following a B.A.S.E. jump from the top of the Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland. Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet, known as the Soul Flyers, caught up with and flew into a plane in mid-air.

As part of their project A Door in the Sky, which they had spent several months training for by completing more than 100 test flights in Empuriabrava in Spain, the duo B.A.S.E jumped from the top of the Jungfrau, one of Europe’s highest mountains, and flew into a Pilatus Porter light aircraft in mid-air. Now that’s a different way to catch a flight.

How did this project come about?

They wanted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Patrick de Gayardon’s achievement in 1997, when he jumped from an aircraft with a wingsuit and then flew back into the plane. He was a pioneer in our scene and we wanted to reproduce his stunt. At the beginning of the year, Vince woke up one day and said to Fred, “We have to do it but with a BASE jump from a cliff!”

How different was the training for this stunt?

“When we started to train, we thought it would be easier to be honest. Then we realised that it was quite a technical and mental challenge. We had to be focused. During the first training session in Spain, Fred managed to fly into the plane, but I failed and hurt my ribs. One month later, we came back for another session. We felt better and it worked out. We managed to make it five times.”

How does it feel to enter into a plane at high speed?

“It’s cool but also quite weird! We’re used to jumping from the plane, but here you have to enter into it. You’re falling down and all of a sudden there’s no air anymore. The feeling is quite strange. When you’re in the plane and you see your friend flying closer and closer, it’s incredible. It was very emotional for us because we worked hard to make it happen.”

BASE Jumping Alone with Neil Amonson

GoPro Athlete, Neil Amonson, travels to Italy to find solitude in his craft. Amonson says, “To actually experience all the things I’m feeling, I have to do it alone.” Get a look into the incredible experience Neil goes through as he sets out to accomplish this solo BASE jump.

Neil Amonson in one minute or less about himself

I spent my first four years out of high school in the Air Force Special Forces. I deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq and finished my enlistment as a decorated combat veteran. My next move was from the east coast where I was raised out to Utah where I could more easily access the things that give me joy, spending time outside and in the air. Two years after moving to Utah I received my Bachelors of Science in Professional Aeronautics, as well as being an air traffic controller and commercial pilot.
Neil Amonson
Since then I have been working for GoPro assisting with marketing, content creation, and product testing. Along the way I have aligned myself with a few other companies who have similiar values to myself and we work together to help make their company great. I have also worked for Google as a contractor working with such projects as Google Glass and Project Loon. I enjoy being challenged, being part of a team, and working in space that allows a lot of creativity and freedom. I take pride in being able to tell a good story though images, weather that be still photos or video. I’m on here looking to expand my network and find other companies who value integrity, hard work, and creativity. Let’s make magic happen.

Miles Daisher – The Lost City of Petra

Watch Miles Daisher BASE jump from the top of the Treasury in Petra, Jordan. Miles BASE jumped from the top of the Treasury in the depth of the Lost City of Petra and landed directly in front of it, in less than 15 seconds, going 20 miles per hour, in a canyon that is 100 feet wide. The challenge was in the short length and altitude of the jump and the incredibly small and tight space that left Miles with little room to be able to escape the walls of the limestone mountains.

About Miles Daisher

Miles Daisher is an accomplished canopy pilot with more than 7,200 skydives and 4,000 BASE jumps, which is more known BASE jumps than anyone on the planet. In 2005, he set a BASE jumping record by launching 57-times in a single day, climbing a total of nearly 29,000 vertical feet and performed a record setting 737 BASE jumps in one year. Miles also created two new sports skyayking and rope swing BASE jumps.

Miles Daisher

Miles has been a professional parachutist since falling in love with canopies in 1995. He is a member of the Red Bull Air Force, a specialized team of expert pilots. Miles is experienced in demonstration jumps, Hollywood stunts, coaching, motivational speaking and aerial camera work.

Twin Falls Idaho home of the I.B. Perrine Bridge has been his home for the past decade where he coaches Miles D’s BASE camp, trains for stunts and jumps for fun. “It’s a magical thing when you fly in the sky” says Miles Daisher.

The Lost City of Petra

Petra originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved. Petra is one of the New7Wonders of the World.

Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction. The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs who took advantage of Petra’s proximity to regional trade routes to establish it as a major trading hub. The Nabataeans are also known for their great ability in constructing efficient water-collecting methods in the barren deserts and their talent in carving structures into solid rocks. Petra lies on the slope of Jebel al-Madhbah (identified by some as the biblical Mount Hor) in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as “a rose-red city half as old as time” in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. Petra was named amongst the New7Wonders of the World in 2007 and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places to See Before You Die”.