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first trip to survey the mountain last year.
‘‘Renee and I have been to some places where it looked possible and it wasn’t. There has been some where we have spent three days getting up and back down and I didn’t jump,’’ he said.
On the day, Renee waited 1800m below the summit at the landing site while local alpinists Milo Gilmour and Craig Adams help set up the exit and carried gear back down.
‘‘It is alpine country and it is difficult to jump with a lot of gear. Milo and Craig were instrumental to us getting to the exit. They allowed us to get there safely and if we had had difficulty at the exit, they would have been able to help us,’’ Walden said.
Walden completed a 4kmlong wing suit flight from the peak of Mt Avalanche in January, regarded as this country’s longest, but he felt the shorter Rob Roy jump was far more spectacular.
He base jumped to experience beauty, not adrenalin.
‘‘But it is a cross between being a bird and superman, because you are flying so very fast.’’
Film festival director Mark Sedon said he had ‘‘never seen such gobsmacking footage on any film over the 13-year history of the festival’’.
Lake Hawea adventurers David and Renee Walden. What: NZ Mountain Film Festival Where: Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell
When: July 3-7 More information: mountainfilm.net.nz/ programme/