Upon watching the above video, you may come to the conclusion that someone BASE jumping doesn’t exactly equal science fiction, or even science. But ladies and gentlemen, this man is flying. I don’t give a shit what your definition of flying was before seeing this, but this is as close as it gets for the layman wingsuit owner, which I am surely not. I daresay I would injure myself on the way to purchasing it, so I can’t imagine using it.
This wily daredevil — check the video at the end of the story to understand that pun there — is an Italian-Norwegian skydiver and wingsuit/BASE-jump athlete named Alexander Polli. His point of entry and exit, which challenge the expectations of human achievement, is a narrow “cave,” actually in a hole in the middle of a mountain, located in the Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain. It is apparently the exact spot that inspired Polli’s dreams of flight. I can’t imagine that any of my dreams have met a level of accomplishment that exceeds this one.
Considering the hole is only a little wider than I can spread my non-limber legs, there are quite a few moments of sheer disbelief as Polli accomplishes his feat, which saw a couple of previous test runs beforehand. Had it just been filmed from one camera angle, it would have been mind-blowing, but it feels like this thing gets like five dozen angles. None more impressive than the lens strapped to his helmet, though. I want more of this in an IMAX capacity.
And here is your accompanying Wile E. Coyote snippet — Callback! — where he dons his own Batman suit. Not to be confused with…that other guy.