26 September 2013

BASE jumper Patrick Kerber has broken another altitude record — this time from the highest exit point of the Eiger.

Petrick Kerber

The Suunto ambassador, 32, jumped from the Eiger's South Wall at an altitude of 3,820m, flew in free fall for a duration of just over 1 minute and 46 seconds and landed in Grindelwald, having descended 2,820m and flown a total of 5.5km.

“It was a huge dream come true,” he says. “To be able to fly from the highest possible BASE exit point on this mystic mountain is simply amazing and a very intense feeling.”

Petrick Kerber

He said the hardest part was making it over the flat glacier at a safe altitude.
”I measured this flight line over and over again at home, but once I was in the air everything went fine and I knew right away that I could fly over this critical part in a safe way.”

He added: “The flight felt like it lasted forever and once the time had come to pull the parachute, I realized that I have accomplished one of my biggest dreams!”

It's the latest in a long line of jumps the Swiss national has made. Earlier this Summer he set an altitude distance record after launching from the Jungfrau, flying a total of 3,240m altitude.

Kerber has been BASE jumping for 10 years and was captivated the moment he first saw someone BASE jump on TV when he was 15. But he had to wait until he was 20 before he could take up sky-diving and then began to BASE jump two years later.

“It's all I wanted to do,” he says.

Petrick Kerber

Since then he has made more than 1,700 BASE jumps. He adds: “It is my true passion and I have loved every single jump that I have done. For me it is freedom. Freedom to me is a moment of perfection; it's when I let go of everything — where nothing else matters but the actual moment.”

Check out Patrick's YouTube video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bb1ikTZwrs

and his Movescount stats here:
http://www.movescount.com/moves/move18210323#shoutContainer


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