Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Operation Tall Order

The jump was spectacular. Everything else was secret.

Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner leaped off the world’s tallest building Tuesday — the 1,671-foot Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan — to complete a mission the extreme sports ace chose to accept three years ago when the mammoth structure was finished.

After two reconnaissance missions to scout the tower in 2006, Baumgartner went incognito in the days leading up to the big jump. Disguised in different clothing, he first surveyed the building’s security system and zones of exclusion. He smuggled his parachute past tight security with the help of a Taiwanese acquaintance, who then hid it in a bathroom ceiling. Just before the leap, cohorts created a distraction on the observation platform, enabling Baumgartner to climb up and over the 10-foot security barrier.

At 4:18 p.m. local time and after a five-second free fall, Baumgartner opened his chute before landing safely on a parking deck’s roof. He quickly made his way to the street level, escaped in a taxicab and two hours later was on a plane bound for Hong Kong.

“F-----’ eh. I did it,” Baumgartner said. “Highest building in the world. Number one.”

See Baumgartner’s covert ops for yourself. Click here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone at TRB know when the 2008 paint scheme will be revealed. I don't need an exact date, but many of us are really curious. December? January? February?

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

man, that video is incredible. I love this brand.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Earlier in the year, in fact last January, it was stated that the shop would be open to visitors by December 2007. I was just checking for an update to see if this has happened or has it been delayed? Thanks for a reply.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME JUMP, not sure most people could have done that!

4:16 AM  
Blogger racing bull said...

The shop should be ready for visitors in January... an exact date TBD. Don't worry, we will be sure to let you know!

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update on the shop. Just trying to make some travel plans.

6:17 AM  
Blogger ncsuredbull said...

Awesome! I would love to see the shop. Hopefully I could also pick up that hoodie you put on this site a few months ago. Or the free sample of it

2:56 PM  

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