Old VHS Footage of Shane McConkey
Take a look back in time with Shane McConkey as he BASE jumps from a cliff in Lauterbrunnen. This segment and many more are featured in the film “McConkey”, now available on Red Bull TV!
Fly in Peace, Shane – “You have one life. Live it.”
Shane McConkey (December 30, 1969 – March 26, 2009) was a professional skier and BASE jumper. He was born in Vancouver, was eventually based in Squaw Valley, California, but because he never identified with a single place due to his itinerant childhood, was “from” Boulder, Colorado, where he started his professional skiing career and attended the University of Colorado Boulder before dropping out of college.
He won numerous awards and competitions. McConkey started as a competitive ski racer, but moved on to be featured in a long line of extreme skiing movies. McConkey was known for combining BASE jumping with skiing, as seen in such feats as skiing into a BASE jump off the Eiger. McConkey went to Burke Mountain Academy. He was also known for his contributions to ski design, notably being the father of reverse sidecut and reverse camber skis (aka: skis with rocker); first mounting bindings onto water skis for use in Alaska, then with the Volant Spatula and, more recently, the K2 Pontoon ski design. McConkey’s high-speed chairlift and ski area at Park City Mountain Resort are named after his father, Jim McConkey, who was an early proponent of extreme skiing in the U.S. On April 2, 2011 Shane McConkey was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of fame along with other Tahoe skiers, Daron Rahlves and Glen Plake.
On March 26, 2009, Shane McConkey died while executing a ski-BASE jump in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. One of his skis failed to release, sending him into a spin. After he corrected the problem, it was too late to deploy his parachute.
Base Jump from paraglider Lauterbrunnen
Marco Schultz, Peter Blokker, JP de Kam
Peter Blokker, JP de Kam and Marco Schultz.
What a fun we had with the powers of mother nature!
Marco was born in Gouda, Netherlands. He started skydiving in 2005 and fueled by his passion for freeflying, he started Freefly Triquetra in 2010, providing coaching jumpers at Paracentrum Teuge.
Marco likes to share his knowledge with other jumpers and enjoys travelling. His BASE journey started in 2007, has jumped in 8 countries, participated in events such as Kemaliye Dark Canyon, Tallinn TV Tower and in 2014 he came in 2nd place at the ProBase Istanbul Showdown!
Pryce Brown EuroTrip
BASE jump, Speedfly – Lauterbrunnen area, Switzerland
The second installment of the Euroland canopy adventures takes place mainly in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. Sloppy aerials, wingsuit flights, waterfall speedflights, and (dis)tasteful male nudity all occurred in spades. I’m forever thankful to my “special” friends for helping me seem normalish. Also, a shout out to Freeboern Air Sports and EraThr3 for enabling my summer silliness.
Son of a Gun (Yuksek remix) – Oh Land
Morning Glory – Poldoore
Wingsuit Flight Through 2 Meter Cave
Uli Emanuele pilots what is possibly the most technical and difficult BASE jump ever. For the past 3 years Uli has been dreaming about and preparing for what could be a world record jump. With just his wingsuit and hiking poles, he climbs to his exit point and realizes there is no turning back.
The video opens with an enthusiastic Emanuele hiking up to a rugged mountain, situated in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Pulling on his blue wing suit, the daredevil adjusts his goggles before taking time to check over his kit for one final time before the jump. With one big leap, Emanuele jumps off the edge of the mountain side and immediately the scale of his ambitious stunt becomes apparent as the small hole comes into site.
The wing suit immediately kicks into action and the spectacular views of the valley emerges.
Making a slight turn, the daredevil lines himself up for a near impossible flight through the cave and in a flash, he soars through the mini hole. Several different angles are shown of the daredevil making the fiendish stunt.
One slow motion sequence shot shows how close the daredevil came to crashing into the rock face.
Swooping over the lush green mountain side, the jubilant daredevil celebrates his remarkable stunt. Releasing his parachute, Emanuele lands safety in the grass, near an wooden hut. Despite the adrenaline filled achievement, the relaxed daredevil is even seen at the end taking time to talk to several alpacas.
Emanuele told Geeky Gadgets: ‘I found this hole three years ago. At that moment it was impossible to fly through.’
‘After three years of hard training I was ready for it. I opened two different exits. I flew through the hole four times. That is the smallest hole ever flown through by anyone.’
The remarkable stunt was successfully carried out in September 2014, with the footage only emerging recently on to social media. The video has already attracted nearly a quarter of a million views.