Speed riding the Eiger

A new sport combining skiing, paragliding and sky-diving is taking off in the Alps. Here two speed riders fly down the most fearsome peak of all: the Eiger in Switzerland.

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+8 1. rjavc commented 12 years ago

wow :O :D
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-1 2. BigBang commented 12 years ago

@(removed comment): +1 :D
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+6 3. w333zy1 commented 12 years ago

Judging from about 1:20 - 1:25 it looks like he is using some soft of rocket engine?
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+2 4. w333zy1 commented 12 years ago

talking about his shadow that is.
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+10 5. noogin commented 12 years ago

there should be a "holy shit" category on snotr just so we can put this video in it :D
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+2 6. zf1 commented 12 years ago

#3 good catch!!! didnt see that one :)

there is a good possibility they could be using small turbojet engines. these engines are used for things like experimental lightweight aircraft and UAVs. at 0:28 you can see fumes from it. it appears as if they are attached to the ski boot.

picture of a turbojet engine:

http://jetbeetle.com/X150_image/wasp2_h20s.JPG

article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbojet
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+3 7. rubi commented 12 years ago

i doubt its something like turbojet engines...think its just smoke, so u can them see easier (of the helicopter).
http://www.snotr.com/video/670 here they dont have these things, and seems to be not so slower without it...

anyway this Alpine Speed Paragliding seems to make lots of fun xD
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0 8. 94hw commented 12 years ago

oh good
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0 9. zf1 commented 12 years ago

#7 i could see that. if it is just smoke i wonder what purpose it serves?
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+1 10. acker commented 12 years ago

For better quality of your head tilting you can find this video here: http://www.acro-base.com/en/galerie/video/video.htm ( http://www.acro-base.com/fr/imgs/galerie/video/videos/eiger06/eiger-faf-emb.mov 26MB, good download speed)

Anyway, this people are sick, in a medical sense. :S
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0 11. YOZZA commented 12 years ago

AWSOME
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0 12. xertion commented 12 years ago

Looks sick
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+1 13. Limberg commented 12 years ago

I cansee the skis but where is the skiing ? Nice though! :D
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+2 14. Woll commented 12 years ago

#13 - I'm with you. While it looks impressive, it would take more balls to do it just on skis. Everytime some rocks appear - oop, think I'll just pull on the chute and, oh, yep - just glide over them.
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+2 15. darthclericus commented 12 years ago

#3. #7 has it correct. That would be smoke. It's used for easy identification during flight by other fliers on the mountain. Since there could be others up there including his buddy! Good observation!
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+1 16. murdoc commented 12 years ago

this is by far the most freakiest and the most adventurous thing i've ever seen in my life..did u guys see the height of the mountain!!!! :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O :O
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0 17. CorpseGrinder commented 12 years ago

totally awesome :O
and damn at 1:10 ....that would have freaked me out^^
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0 18. Salem commented 12 years ago

@17 yeah that was a very close call! :O
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0 19. sambo1986 commented 12 years ago

awsome video, this is one of those "why hasnt anyone done this befor" moments lol. i would love to try something like that, id beter learn to paraglide! :D
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0 20. zf1 commented 12 years ago

#15 that makes sense
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0 21. LittleHooker commented 12 years ago

the guys skimming the mountains in flight suits have bigger balls, but this is pretty bitchin.
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+1 22. MsZoomy commented 12 years ago

that's a long walk to the top of that mountain for a 3 minute adrenaline rush.....
no thanks, I'll pass, but fun to watch!!!

next time leave the skis behind, they didn't seem to serve much of a purpose