Posted by: Walker Mackey | 2015/07/03

World Wing Suit Qualifications and Questing Onward

Hello my friends, Hope this message finds you excited about the day. I am very excited today. Last week we finished up an amazing Extreme Week here in Voss, Norway. It was a wild week of sports action. Picture a super colorful sports festival with people from all over the world gathered for the purpose of playing in the mountains. It’s quite an amazing event! “The One and only unique Ekstrem Sports Veko!”

(http://ekstremsportveko.com/)

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The qualification for the World Wing Suit League (http://worldwingsuitleague.com/) was an incredible success. We were a bit worried about the conditions of the mountain before the event started, because of the unusually large amount of snow that fell this winter in Voss. For me especially, I was struggling with the possibility of survivable mountain flying. We needed to go visit the site and see if it was actually possible to bring all the competitors to the cliffs of Gudvangon. We scouted out the area by air dropping world famous wing suit pilot Espn Fadnes just above the mountain and were able to come up with an overview of how much snow we were dealing with and what level of avalanche danger we were looking at. From what we could tell it looked possible, but we needed a team to go explore and truly find out what was up there. Espn (winner of the first ever FAI Wingsuit Flying World Cup), Nils (5 time freestyle free fly world championship winner and ski patroler), Sigurd Ielde (Tindeveilder international guide) and I decided to go check out the summit and see what was up there. We arrived at a 45-degree snow slope that went right to the edge of the mountain. We concluded that there was work to be done. In order to make the competition happen we would need to spend some time clearing the edge of snow, rig a safety line, in order to provide a nice place to safely approach the edge, as well discover a safe place to land the helicopter. We spent the next few hours digging and planning in order to come up with a strict plan that would provide a platform for a smooth competition.

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The course was set and it was time to go down for the day. I had spent the past month and a half really trying to determine exactly why it is that I have chosen this quest for human flight. It comes down to basically that I love it. For a month my soul had been tortured. My heart was totally broken. I had a few deep conversations with my parents about why we are doing this and in the end I’ve concluded it’s a balance act. You have to do what you love, because if you don’t do what you love you’re wasting the ultimate gift of life. Living your dreams in this life is very important. Its what drives us and pushes us to move forward. It keeps our minds happy and makes our heart beat. At the same time if you overstep those adventurous boundaries and push beyond your limits you risk loosing everything and finishing the dream all together. It’s a fine balancing act of assessing risk, holding back when the risk is too much and moving forward when you know the moment feels right. At the end of the day the moment felt right to fly. I jumped from the wall flew straight out and pulled high. My perspective has changed quite a bit. My goals in this pursuit have become clearer. More then ever before the definition of Paralpinism has become a clear vision in my mind, like looking thru the still water of the pure Norwegian fjords. The basic guidelines of flying fast, high, and when the balance feels pure.

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