Here is a flavour of just some of the projects we have been involved in in 2019
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.
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!?)