Lost City Jump
American Daisher celebrates BASE jump in iconic Petra
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.”