Following in the footsteps of Red Bull NZ legend, Chuck Berry, Mr Vicary originally base-jumped from New Zealand’s Lover’s Leap in 2009, opening his parachute after two seconds. He has spent the last four years jumping full-time, and waiting for wingsuit technology to progress to enable him to return and open the area for wingsuiting.
Located in the South Island of New Zealand, Lover’s Leap is a highly technical BASEjump with the exit point 650m above the valley floor. It features a short ‘rock drop’ of only 4.5seconds or 110m, by which time the wingsuit must be flying forwards; followed by a sharp right turn to avoid a ledge. Needless to say, it’s not for the faint-hearted.
However, those who dare are rewarded with a spectacularly visual flight through some of the most picturesque terrain New Zealand has to offer.
”I spent much of 2013 as a test pilot for new wingsuit designs; and the advances that have been made in performance, and more importantly safety, are incredible, ‘ Dan says. ‘It’s these advances that are making previously impossible jumps — like Lover’s Leap – possible for experienced, dedicated pilots.’
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