Fearless Daredevil Completes Jump Off Notoriously Deadly Mount Eiger Peak In Wingsuit
An amazing - and frankly, dizzying - video has emerged that shows a daredevil performing a death-defying leap from one of the most dangerous mountains in Europe.
The madman in question is Alberto Tagliati, who is a 45-year-old software developer from Milan, Italy. Wearing only a wingsuit (and, obviously, a parachute) he threw himself from the top of The Eiger, a mountain in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland.
The Eiger is known particularly for its north face, a huge cliff that is absolutely horrifying to look at. That is exactly the bit that Tagliati decided it would be a good idea to chuck himself off.
After he made a successful descent, which would have been absolutely lovely and given him an amazing vista once the initial screaming subsided, he said that in order to make the jump, he had to be "extremely focused".
You're not kidding, mate. However, it's easy to say you're going to be focused before you fling yourself from a great height wearing something that wouldn't look out of place in Saturday Night Fever
Which brings us to the wingsuit.
Wingsuits are specially made for this sort of thing and feature flaps of fabric between the legs and attaching the sleeves to the body. This allows the wearer to effectively fly at great speeds, whilst being able to control their altitude and descent in such a way that allows them not to splat against the mountainside.
Upon landing, he said: "I couldn't contain my excitement after looking down at the impressive view below me.
"I jumped off the mountain and spread my arms and started flying forward toward the west flank of the mountain.
"Jumping off the Eiger is always a rewarding experience for me, first I have to overcome my fears and hike up a steep mountain for more than 4,600 vertical feet to reach the exit point, then once I am geared up and ready to fly, I feel free and extremely focused."
The Eiger stands at an impressive 13,015 feet (3,067m) tall and overlooks several other impressive Alpine peaks such as the Grindelwald (Harry Potter fans) and the Lauterbrunnen.
It's north face is regarded as one of the most difficult climbs in the world. Getting back down, however, all you need is a huge amount of courage and a wingsuit.
In fact, it's so difficult to climb that the first successful expedition only conquered the mountain in 1938.
Once you're off the side, as you can see, the views are incredible. If only you could open your eyes from the terror.
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