American West – highlight of wingsuiting by Daniel Ristow

Here’s a highlight of wingsuiting in the American West throughout 2019. Locations vary from Moab UT, Northern Cascades WA, and Eastern Sierra CA.

Moab is an increasingly popular destination for BASE jumpers and those rigging highlining, who are allowed to practice their sport in the area. About 16 miles (26 km) south of Moab is the “Hole N’ The Rock”, a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) 14-room home carved into a rock wall which National Geographic has ranked as one of the top 10 roadside attractions in the United States. Moab’s population swells temporarily in the spring and summer months with the arrival of numerous people employed seasonally in the outdoor recreation and tourism industries.

American West - Moab

In recent years, Moab has experienced a surge of second-home owners. The relatively mild winters and enjoyable summers have attracted many people to build such homes throughout the area. In a situation mirroring that of other resort towns in the American West, controversy has arisen over these new residents and their houses, which in many cases remain unoccupied for most of the year. Many Moab citizens are concerned that the town is seeing changes similar to those experienced in Vail and Aspen in neighboring Colorado: skyrocketing property values, a rising cost of living, and corresponding effects on local low- and middle-income workers.

The North Cascades are a section of the Cascade Range of western North America. They span the border between the Canadian province of British Columbia and the U.S. state of Washington and are officially named in the U.S. and Canada as the Cascade Mountains. The portion in Canada is known to Americans as the Canadian Cascades, a designation that also includes the mountains above the east bank of the Fraser Canyon as far north as the town of Lytton, at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers.

The North Cascades are often referred as the “American Alps” by hikers, climbers and mountaineers because of the sea of steep, jagged peaks that span across the range. This range’s rugged approaches and exceptional alpine terrain make it a premiere training ground for mountain climbers.

The Eastern Sierra is a region in California comprising the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada, which includes Mono and Inyo Counties. The main thoroughfare is U.S. Route 395, which passes through Bridgeport, Lee Vining, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, Lone Pine, and Olancha, with Bishop being the largest city in the area. It is sparsely populated but well known for its scenery; major points of interest include Mono Lake, Bodie, Mammoth Lakes, Manzanar, and parts of Yosemite National Park and Death Valley National Park.

Malaysia KL Tower International BASE Jump

KL Tower International BASE Jump Malaysia 2019 by Tom Rees- first time at this event and loved every minute. Really nice chilled vibe, people from all over the world and some crazy people doing some awesome stuff. Even managed to set the World Record for the slowest gainer EVER. Roll KL Tower International Jump Malaysia 2020.

Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Tower

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is a communications tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its construction was completed on 1 March 1995. It features an antenna that increases its height to 421 metres (1,381 feet) and is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. The roof of the pod is at 335 metres (1,099 feet). The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant, providing diners with a panoramic view of the city.

The KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world (after Tokyo Skytree in Japan, the Canton Tower in China, CN Tower in Canada, the Ostankino Tower in Russia, the Oriental Pearl Tower in China, and the Milad Tower in Iran). Built to enhance the quality of telecommunication services and the clarity of broadcasting, KL Tower is a symbol of Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. Consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions.  Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of the federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world’s 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, home to large numbers of endemic species. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, which plays a large role in its politics. About half the population is ethnically Malay. While recognising Islam as the country’s established religion, the constitution grants freedom of religion to non-Muslims.

BASE Jumps In South Africa

The Red Bull Air Force takes the skies and head wingsuit flying down Sentinel and the Eastern Buttress in South Africa. On their journey, they attempt to base jump and wingsuit fly various iconic locations around the country.

The Drakensberg mountain range stretches over 1000 km across South Africa and Lesotho, with its highest peak at 11, 424 feet. This highest portion of the Great Escarpment is known by the local Zulu community as uKhahlamba, Barrier of Spears. The place is renowned for its dramatic peaks, pinnacles and valleys. Experience the Red Bull Air Force soar through this mythical wilderness and watch the backstory behind the first-ever wingsuit flight from two of its most alluring landmarks.

The high slopes are hard to reach so the environment is fairly undamaged. However, tourism in the Drakensberg is developing, with a variety of hiking trails, hotels and resorts appearing on the slopes. Most of the higher South African parts of the range have been designated as game reserves or wilderness areas. Of these the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park was listed by UNESCO in 2000 as a World Heritage site. The park is also in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (under the Ramsar Convention). The Royal Natal National Park, which contains some of the higher peaks, is part of this large park complex. Adjacent to the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site is the 1900 ha Allendale Mountain Reserve which is the largest private reserve adjoining the World Heritage Site and is found in the accessible Kamberg area, the heart of the historic San (Bushman) painting region of the Ukhahlamba.

World’s First Tandem BASE numbers issued

Congrats Brian Crail for being the second person in the world to get a Tandem BASE number.

We have just returned from a beautiful trip to Acapulco, Mexico. Our friend Avery Badenhop organized a building event from La Palapa, which helped three people finish all four objects and become the first ones to complete B.A.S.E.. This means that they have jumped all four objects in the word BASE. BASE is an acronym that stands for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth. In normal BASE jumping it is a true honor to get your BASE number. There are over 2000 people that have completed BASE. There is an association where you can apply for a BASE number by giving them a bit of information about your four qualifying objects. While there are over 2,000 people that have a personal BASE number, there are only 3 people at this time that have their Tandem BASE number. Each of these people have been part of history in BASE. They have each done Tandem BASE jumps from each of the four objects. This is a very exciting time and something that I have been excited for since I started doing Tandem BASE in 2009. I always wondered who it would be. Would it be a super rich dude? I figured it would because of the insane expenses that come along with doing exotic jumps in different locations. Tandem BASE #1 is Alexandra Badenhop along with her boyfriend Brian Crail #2.

Brenton Black completes her BASE number with Tandem BASE master Sean Chuma

Tandem BASE #3 is my girlfriend Brenton Black from Twin falls, ID. As the original Tandem BASE master I have decided that I will be the one keeping a database for all of the future issuing of Tandem BASE numbers. I will keep it similar to the traditional BASE number system in honor of our sports history. I am very excited to offer these special world adventures to those who want to mark their place in history and jump all four objects in the word BASE.

A very special congratulations to Alex Badenhop for achieving Tandem BASE #1

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