Christian Long

Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme Wingsuit Jumping

In TED Talks on April 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Reflection by KEITH C.

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Ueli Gegenschatz: Extreme Wingsuit Jumping

Videos like this give me something to add to my bucket list. Any adrenalin rush like this has always been interesting to me. Although what strikes me about this video is Ueli’s attitude towards this extreme sport. He is willing to try ever aspect if it. He explains how he started off with paragliding and worked his way up to the more intense jumps.Once he had conquered all these different jumps he strived to jump in locations where no one had attempted to jump before, such as the Eiffel tower. Not only did he perfect the art of jumping, he decided to put his own spin on the sport. He did this by performing stunts such as sliding off a hot-air balloon into a jump and base jumping from a moving truck.

Ueli then continues to talk about how to reach “the human dream of being able to fly.” Ueli says they only way this can be achieved is to be in prime physical and mental condition.  I can only imagine the feeling of flying. Ueli believes that the jumping with a wing suit is the closest to flying.

During the video the true beauty of gliding through the air with a wing suit is revealed. The people soaring through the air seem weightless. While it is an extreme sport for the adrenalin junkies it also appears to be very relaxing, gliding around at your own control with the beautiful landscape below.

At the end of the video Ueli explains how landing without a parachute has not been achieved, but it will. This really makes you wonder about what will be possible in the future with technological advances. Will there be a day were you can hike a mountain and glide off then land by simply running when you hit the ground just like any other bird?

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  1. Personally I would not add this to my bucketlist, however, I did find the footage that he showed very breath taking, and I enjoyed his stories about the different places he has jumped. I do agree with you that eventually as our technology progresses, we will one day be able to land after gliding off a mountain. Do you know if Ueli ended up breaking the world record for the longest distance flown?

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