Here is a flavour of just some of the projects we have been involved in of late
Climb to BASE: Pillar Rock
Mountain Man BASE took things to the next level early in summer 2019 adding another string to our bow with the first 'climb to BASE' events in the Lake District National Park. Team member Sam led a party including members of MMB and an invited group of fellow 'urban' BASE jumpers up onto Pillar Rock in Ennerdale. Some exciting scrambling initially followed by an en masse exit and spectacular canopy ride was followed by Sam leading the 'climb to BASE' and a jump from the top. This bookended a highly successful couple of days (following a climb-to-BASE of Tophet Wall on Great Gable the previous day!) pushing the boundaries and opening up new BASE opportunities in the UK.
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A seminal event in the MMB calendar was the Snowdon gathering or 'boogie' in which various associates across the UK BASE community came up to Snowdonia to sample the awesome mountainscape on offer. Over the course of May bank holiday weekend several jumps were accomplished across the mountainside. This included various early morning/late evening exits on Clogwyn du'r Arddu and Cyrn Las. These are the grandest cliffs in Wales and afforded freefall opportunities. A highly successful event this will certainly be repeated next year! This backyard playground is one to keep coming back to!
In June 2019, Mountain Man BASE convened in Edinburgh during Armed Forces week and established the first BASE jump from Arthur's Seat, which is an extinct volcano that dominates the ancient city. From the summit views stretch for miles, to the sea, far off hills, and of course the impressive old city with the world famous castle.
An early morning start saw dense fog at sunrise gradually clear to reveal a weather window and the perfect exit point from which to get spectacular vistas. Team member, Hans made the national press and was discussed on BBC morning news for this first exit! To top it off pictures captured the feat against the magnificent Holyrood Palace, where the Queen was in residence (and rumour has it was peeking out behind the curtains getting a glimpse of MMB in action whilst on her morning constitutional! - but we don't subscribe to rumours and hearsay do we!?)
Getting your five in a day - Project Peak District
You don't need go far or high to find serious potential for adventure, or indeed 'firsts' if you have the spirit of adventure, the right skills and a 'can-do' attitude! Whilst BASE jumping and 'Peak District' might not spring immediately to mind as being natural bedfellows, "Project Peak District" established a circuit of five different exits and locations in a whirlwind day of activity. We started at 4am, heading to an exposed cliff over a gorge outside Matlock and jumped alongside the sunrise. First mission accomplished, next it was Thor's Cave, and an iconic shot as team member Dan seemed to emerged from the mouth of this promontory, like a dragon belching forth a flame coloured canopy! Next up Beeston Tor, a spectacular outcrop over a beautiful green valley. Dovedale beckoned us on with a short climb-to-BASE objective and some sketchy scrambling over a delicate arch amidst a jungle-like canyon. Finally, as the sun threatened to disappear below the horizon, Josh found an exit high up over a spectacular abandoned quarry resembling a mini-Grand Canyonm whooping for joy as he sailed down into its expanse. We got in our 'five for the day' in a successful mission accomplished over 16 hours!
MMB in Europe
Whilst being wildly passionate about exploring what adventures the UK has to offer, now and again MMB team spreads its wings and heads further afield. On an epic road trip in late summer 2019 we headed to Europe to venture into new territories, consolidate skills including wingsuiting, meet up with friends sharing our passions and generally have a wicked time jumping off stuff! The trip took in areas of the Swiss and Italian Alps, including a fantastic day out up to the Eiger Mushroom, wingsuiting off this iconic feature high up along the North Face.
Isle of Skye
The Scottish Highlands has so much going for it, and is barely tapped for its BASE potential. Fortunately MMB were up there this summer scoping out exits along the (in)famous Cuillin Ridge. Some spectacular footage was captured of this insane landscape. Truly breathtaking!
Ilam Rock is a 30m, limestone pinnacle in the heart of Dovedale, Peak District National Park. First climbed in 1903 up 'Original route' by Samuel Turner who did a celebratory handstand on the top. Dan and Dave took this route, now wet and loose, and Dan 'celebrated' by performing the first ever BASE jump off it, making a splash landing by the river bank with not much room to manoeuvre!