Wingsuits, as we’ve mentioned before, are just awesome. But they’re also incredibly dangerous and should only be used by experts who are trained in safety and proper use. Of course, once you do that, you can screw around all you want, like Brian Drake.
Wingsuits For Glory
This starts in the French Alps, specifically the Couloir l’Ensa. The Couloir l’Ensa is one of the single most difficult extreme sports environments in the world; it’s a deep ravine, filled with snow, and chockablock with problems of the “kill you horribly” variety. Going down this thing on skis is taking your life into your hands.
Drake… well, see for yourself what he did:
Yep, that’s Drake, in a wingsuit, buzzing the ground. He might have even established a world record, but that’s not clear yet.
Riskier Than It Looks
We know, we know, how could something like this:
…Possibly be more dangerous than it looks? Well, all sorts of reasons. The most fundamental is that if Drake had made even a tiny mistake, he would have plowed, head-first, into a rock. Secondly, wingsuits themselves are surprisingly dangerous, especially when used in combination with BASE jumping; so far, three different people have died in various wingsuit attempts. So while Drake looks in control, it’s a short, short jump to “Terrible Wingsuit Accident Claims Life on French Alps.”
Wing And A Prayer
Drake doesn’t seem like he’ll be trying to repeat his attempt any time soon. It took nerves of steel the first time, and hey, the guy’s kind of got a right to rest on his laurels after doing something most of us will never even consider in our lives. But we’re sure somebody’s going to try and top his record, especially since wingsuits are only getting more popular. Hey, maybe somebody could thread the Grand Canyon?
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.