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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: moun­tain­ pro­gramme/

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