Every year, death-defying base jumpers plunge into the urban canyons of the Malaysian high-rise metropolis at the KL Tower International BASE Jump. Posing for photographers and spectators included.
TV tower as a springboard
Amid the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur stands the Menara KL, the seventh-tallest television tower in the world. It measures 421 meters to the top, the base jumpers start from the roof of the tower basket at a height of 335 meters.
Base jumpers have been jumping here in the KL Tower International BASE Jump since 2001. The abbreviation BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth – in German: jumps are made from buildings, transmitter masts, bridges, and natural elevations such as rock faces. Extreme athletes are also called object jumpers in German.
Equipped with a special parachute and a lot of courage, adrenaline addicts plunge – meanwhile traditionally – into the urban canyons of the Malaysian metropolis on the occasion of the event. Here is the American Sean Devlin.
Assuming the necessary confidence in the parachute equipment, the risky jump can apparently be enjoyed. There are no reserve parachutes – they would not open in time.
This participant also approaches his jump in a relaxed manner. He has the imposing Merdeka PNB 118 Tower in view, at 678 meters the second tallest building in the world.
With best regards to the spectators on the viewing platform, this adrenaline-drenched jumper falls to the ground.
Together these two jumpers enjoy the free fall toward the ground. Or are they holding hands in fear? In any case, they have to coordinate when opening the screen.
The biggest challenge is getting through the sailing part of the jump accident-free because turbulence can push the jumpers dangerously close to the buildings. Maxim Stepper from Germany did it.
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