Event Detail

13
Sep
2006

The Greatest BASEjump

Dr Glenn Singleman
Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006
The Penthouse, Jardine House

The Greatest BASEjump
by
Glenn Singleman
on
Wednesday, 13 September 2006
The Jardine Penthouse, 48/F Jardine House, One Connaught Place
Complimentary Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
(please note that additional seating has now been provided at this venue) "What a feat serious Himalayan Alpinism, plus the World's Biggest Base jump one hell of an adventure" Sir Chris Bonington We are delighted to welcome to Hong Kong a husband and wife team, Glenn and Heather Singleman, who jointly hold two astonishing world records one for the world's highest BASEjump and the other for the highest Wingsuit BASEjump, both set on 23 May this year from a 6,660 metre Himalayan mountain. Their world record was the result of 5 years' hard work and an unwavering commitment to their goal. The resulting amazing story is the subject of this fascinating and beautifully illustrated talk. They started their expedition on 12 April 2006. They planned to be in the Himalayas for two months. Instead of just a straight BASEjump they wanted to make the jump in 'wingsuits', relatively new technology that allows a skilled pilot to fly forward at around 2.8 times the speed of descent. Using wingsuits would not only lengthen the flight from the world's highest vertical cliff, it would dramatically reduce the risk of cliff strike as they would be a long way from the wall when they opened their parachutes. Glenn and Heather started jumping with wingsuits in February 2005 and had made over 150 wingsuit jumps. First they climbed Mt Meru, which was much more difficult than expected it took 5 weeks to get up the mountain. They spent nearly two weeks above 6,000 metres and Glenn lost 10kgs. The upper slopes were about 65 to 70 degrees with hard ice and the average temperature was 20 degrees. They had trouble with very strong winds and with lots of snow fall. It took the team of five 22 days to climb the mountain and prepare the jump site. During that time they successfully battled storms, altitude sickness and dangerous ice slopes. Mt Meru had been climbed just twice before, but never by a woman. The jump site was a 2 foot wide ledge just under the summit above a sheer 5,000 foot sheer wall. They spent three days waiting for the weather and finally got a break that lasted about an hour. They jumped from an altitude of 6,604 metres (21,800 ft). It took about 5 seconds for the wingsuits to inflate and than they flew about a kilometre in 50 seconds before opening their parachutes. They landed on the Meru Glacier at 15,000 feet. The achievement topped the world record set by Glenn Singleman in 1992 by 600 metres. Glenn is well known to international audiences both as a speaker and documentary filmmaker. He has made many successful films for National Geographic International including BASEClimb, which continues to win awards as one of the best adventure documentaries of all time. For the last 12 years Glenn has travelled the world pursuing his adventure sports and giving talks. Heather is the only woman in the world who combines mountaineering and BASEjumping, let alone wingsuit BASEjumping. Heather is also an award winning author and successful businesswoman. This lecture is being held in the fine surroundings of the Jardine Penthouse. Members and their guests are most welcome to attend at HK$100 for Members, HK$150 for Members' guests and others. This includes a complimentary drinks reception prior to the lecture.

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