Sunday, August 23, 2009

Video Contest Needs your vote!

Fellow wingsuiter and BASE jumping ILL Vision Teammate “Jimmy Hopper” made a little video, "Leap of Faith" and made the cut for the contest. Video centers around Team ILL Vision’s latest trip to Little CO for some big wall BASE jumping wingsuit action.
Take a quick look and support with a quick vote.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Switzerland, Team ILL Vision Europe Tour 2009

Directly after The “T” Mobile demo, Avery Badenhop lead Team ILL VISION to Switzerland for some BASE currency and skills practice armed with brand new Sevens by Asylum Designs. Five days in Lauterbrunnen netted an average 12 jumps per person despite three days of iffy weather and rain.

The highlight of the trip came on day four as the weather broke into bright blue skies. Professional mountain guide Martin Schürmann, of Mountaineering For Everyone, lead the group to the top of the Eiger Mushroom via Air Glacier’s fast and powerful helicopter. Team members made two jumps from the Eiger mushroom and successfully pulled off a 9-way flock.

The majority of jumps took place within the Lauterbrunnen Valley utilizing trains and cable cars and quick walks to exit points. The High Nose and Klettersteig easy access exit points makes them very popular jumps and this summer season was as busy as ever.

Even with two months notice the Team found it hard to find lodging and lucked out packing 10 guys into a few rooms at the familiar and comfortable Oberland Hotel ran by Ursula and Mark Nolan.

In the middle of the trip the team’s presence caught the attention of a Reuters news crew who followed the team their last day of jumping interviewing team member Damien Dykman. The story focused on BASE jumping in the valley and the views and impact on jumpers, farmers and tourism. Stay tuned here for the breaking story.

Many of Swiss’s biggest BASE jumping stars showed up including Matt Gerdes, of Ozone, who helped the team in planning and execution of the Eiger jump. Geraldine Fashnacht even made an appearance. Geraldine is a very well known professionally sponsored snowboarder and her sponsorship has carried over to her BASE jumping career. The elusive and busy Andy West was spotted at the exit points a few times as well as professional climber Dean Potter.

Enjoy the pics. More to come on a professional gallery soon.

Harry Parker

Friday, August 7, 2009

T-Mobile Demo over San Francisco

Team ILL VISION organizes 15-way wingsuit formation over San Fransisco August 5, 2009.
Sorry to keep this short. Leaving in four hours to Switzerland with the team.
On a hot tip, Team ILL Vision got the chance of a lifetime to work with Skydiving Innovations who organized the show for "T-Mobile."
The big city demonstration jump brought attention to the launch of the T Mobile's myTouch 3G phone, The colorful show featured 100 skydivers. Three groups formed a "T" in free fall including the 15-way wingsuit formation. I believe it is the largest skydiving demo in US History.
Raise the Sky, Fog Head Stuidos, Flock "U"niversity, Craig O'Brien Photography and others including David Major of Ace Aerial Cinematography participated in the event.
Four Landing areas ranged from a huge field near the famous Golden Gate Bridge, a baseball field and very tight PRO Rated landing areas within the skyscrapers.


Craig O'Brien got the shots. Check them out here.

Check out some of the coverage:
San Francisco Chronicle Pics & Chopper Video

New TV Raw ground to air footage of JP Plaza field canopies and landings. Lots of smoke.

Geek Sugar - Good ground shots. The Show. JP Plaza and more.

Cnet News, Nice ground shots of JH Plaza Personal Blog. Nice jet, ground to air RW and ground shots, OB, Avery and others.


Photos by Johnny "madusa" Florez

From Left to Right:
Ed Pawlowski, Ren Huschle, Brian Drake, Jimmy Hopper, Justin Shorb, YoYo, Avery Badenhop, Harry Parker, Kris Sosso, Taya Weiss, Brian Soby, Jeff Nebelkopf and Scott Callantine.