Winged flying Tianmen Mountain: the fork of heaven and hell

 Winged flying Tianmen Mountain: the fork of heaven and hell

Some people say that all extreme sports are to challenge the edge and limit, but only one is to surpass them - that is wing flight, also known as low altitude parachute jumping, which is one of the most crazy extreme sports in the world.

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The English word for wing flying is base jumping. Four capital letters represent the common things that athletes fly over: B represents the building, a represents the antenna, s represents the span, and e represents the terrain. Transliterated into Chinese, back dead jump is a very appropriate term.

Jeff Chris, the worlds most recognized winged flying God, said that he had been dreaming about flying since he was a child.

My aunt told me that people cant fly. Ill understand when I grow up. Now Im older and still dont understand, so I can fly.

When he was only 18 months old, Chris dared to go diving. The lifeguard told Chriss mother that he knew he was scared when he took the baby to the platform, but he didnt expect Chris to actually jump down and flop to the shore and say, jump again.

This is the purest flight behavior I can find. It attracts me so much that there is no language to describe the power this sport gives me. He said.

He was diagnosed as a wonderful fear without phobia by the psychiatrist. After school, because of too many fights, the parents finally only let him go to school at home.

For me at that time, there was no difference between life and death. He said.

When the 16-year-old first heard about wing flight, he found the direction of life. That may be too much, but I really didnt want to live. I didnt care. I didnt care about anything. I felt like a walking dead man.

It was my strongest experience. He said.

After that, he searched all over the world for places to fly, the mountains of Switzerland, the Eiffel Tower of France, the Empire State Building of New York (he failed to fly, was arrested and sentenced, and never boarded the building again for life).

Chris was on the hot search that day

He also had a parachute accident in South Africa in 1999, when he fell into a waterfall and could hardly climb out.

In 2012, in South Africas famous table mountain (1084 meters above sea level), he hit a rock with his left foot during a flight of about 190 kilometers an hour, and finally the whole person hit the mountain, resulting in multiple fractures. If he didnt open the emergency parachute, there would be no one.

Later, GoPro released a video of his accident, with nearly 9 million hits.

Chinas diverse geographical conditions also have a strong appeal to Chris.

In 2011, he successfully flew over Tianmen cave in Zhangjiajie, passing through the natural karst cave with the highest altitude in the world, known as the first flying knight in Tianmen.

But the other side kindly asked him to visit the local area, and he finally agreed. What he wants to challenge is to fly over the narrow gap between the two giant peaks. The widest part is 18 meters, and the narrowest part is only about 4.5 meters, which is very dangerous. Chris decided to challenge, completed the classic flyover on September 28, and couldnt help but cry after landing.

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Jeff Chris crossing Tianmen Mountain (source: Netease sports)

However, in 2013, Victor Kovac, a Hungarian wing pilot who had completed more than 700 flights, suffered a test flight accident in Tianmen Mountain and failed to open the parachute in time.

But because she was missing without her mobile phone and location-based equipment (also criticized as irresponsible by many people), the search and rescue lasted nearly a week and no one was found, and her hope of survival has been slim.

Weston hit the bridge and died

Chris had to stop flying to avoid his friends body, and what he saw after landing was a broken leg.

He was very open, said: through the pursuit of death, I found life. I cant live without wings, he said

Wing flight is one of the most dangerous recreational activities in the world. According to research, its injury and death rate are 43 times higher than that of parachute jumping, which is called death movement.

As of February 2020, there are 383 wing mounted flight fatalities in the base death list statistics, and the one-time flight mortality rate is about 0.04%. Even Franz Reichert, who invented the pre modern flight suit for the sport, died in an accident when he flew the Eiffel Tower in 1912. He was only 30 years old.

In 2016, the number of known wing mounted flight deaths reached 37, including the tragic live death accident. At the age of 28, almin Schmidt fell and died in the Swiss Alps. Before the flight, he told the audience: today you take off with me.

To some extent, people like Chris who can survive by skipping hundreds or thousands of times are survivors.

At present, there are about 600 winged flight athletes in the world, less than 10 in China. However, with the improvement of living standards in developed areas, more and more people have tried to fly with wings (as well as flying accidents) in recent years.

A set of wing mounted flight equipment includes a ram type inflatable air bag wing made of high-density nylon material, which can withstand the impact of super strong wind speed of more than 300 km / h; in addition, there are anti-collision helmets, goggles, parachutes, GPS, cameras, etc., which are not small costs to purchase.

Professional players like Chris have been able to get a lot of sponsorship. Red Bull, GoPro and other brands are his long-term sponsors, and every performance he performs can cause a lot of commercial repercussions. As for the missing college student, its not hard to imagine how superior the family conditions will be.

According to media reports, the girl surnamed Liu has signed a volunteer form for donation of human organs, and she has been prepared for the God of death who will visit at any time.

Every flight and landing, is a only belong to their own afterlife.

After successfully flying over Tianmen cave in China, Chris said to the camera, Im very happy. Im very happy to be alive. My time in this world is limited, but what I can do in this limited time can be infinite. Source: Netease sports writer: Kewell editor in charge: Ma bile_ NS4800

After successfully flying over Tianmen cave in China, Chris said to the camera, Im very happy. Im very happy to be alive. My time in this world is limited, but what I can do in this limited time can be infinite.