Lost City Jump

Amer­i­can Daisher cel­e­brates BASE jump in iconic Pe­tra

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS -

Red Bull Air Force Team mem­ber Miles Daisher chose Pe­tra, as the back­drop to cel­e­brate his 4,300 BASE jump, cre­at­ing his­tory in the process. The Amer­i­can le­gend com­pleted a stag­ger­ing 7,200 sky­dives in his ca­reer, and trav­elled to Jor­dan on the in­tent to be­come the first to BASE jump Pe­tra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The weather and na­tives also made it pos­si­ble for Daisher to make his BASE jump from the top of The Trea­sury into the depths of the Lost City. The iconic Trea­sury dates back to the first cen­tury BC and is per­fectly masked be­neath the high reach­ing moun­tains in the South of the Jor­da­nian desert, po­si­tioned at the end of the main nar­row route that no cars can ac­cess.

Daisher pre­pared his gear early morn­ing in­side an open­ing of the moun­tain and waited for the right di­rec­tion and speed of wind to jump with the help of team­mate, Andy Far­ring­ton. With no tourist in sight and the light yet to reach the top, Andy leaned over the edge on a rope and held Miles’ para­chute to se­cure a static line for him to jump.

Once sat­is­fied with the con­di­tions at

7am, Miles made the BASE jump – one that In­di­ana Jones might even be proud of. Af­ter a 32km/h cir­cu­lar mo­tion drop across a 100-feet wide space be­tween the val­ley and The Trea­sure, he landed per­fectly right out front the door­way in less than 15 sec­onds. The chal­lenge was due to the short length and al­ti­tude of the jump, to­gether with the tight space left for him to es­cape the walls of the Lime­stone Moun­tains.

Nonethe­less, it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and Miles en­thused,” My heart is com­ing out of my chest. The low­est I’ve ever BASE jumped over land! But it also took all of those jumps that I have done since the be­gin­ning to pre­pare me for this one.”

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