On Thursday, 7th November 2013, wingsuit pilot Dan Vicary opened a new exit point from Lovers’ Leap in Glenorchy, New Zealand. This exclusive video follows the preparation and delivery of a world first.
Following in the footsteps of Red Bull NZ legend, Chuck Berry, Mr Vicary originally base-jumped from this same location in 2009, opening his parachute after 2 seconds. He has spent the last 4 years jumping fulltime and waiting for wingsuit technology to progress to enable him to return and open the area for wingsuiting.
Located in the South Island of New Zealand, Lovers’ Leap is a highly technical BASEjump with the exit point 650 metres above the valley floor. It features a short ‘rock drop’ of only 4.5seconds or 110m, by which time the wingsuit must be flying forwards; followed by a sharp right turn to avoid a ledge. It is not for the faint hearted. However, those who dare are rewarded with a spectacularly visual flight through some of the most picturesque terrain New Zealand has to offer.