I've decided to spend this year of my life living in France :) Not only to learn french, but to explore this mecca full of amazing mountains perfect for Wingsuitng, Speedflying and Paragliding. The first month here was challenging to say the least: the language barrier, navigating in a new country, Paper work- but once I finally got settled in I was able to start playing. Nearly every day after french class, I have the spent my afternoon either BASE jumping, speedflying or paragliding from the mountains in my backyard.
The majority of BASE jumping isn't just the free-fall. It's the entire adventure: from analyzing the weather, to navigating the approach, calculating a flight path and finally and landing approach. The entire experience wouldn't be as amazing if one of these ingredients were to be missing. One of my favorite jumps I've made here so far started with us waking up at 3:30 to beat the afternoon storms, hiking for many hours to arrive at the exit point to find a sea of clouds blocking the view of our flight. We waited for nearly 4 hours at the most tranquil exit point, almost 2,000 meters above our starting point, for the clouds to disappear. When they finally cleared, we were able to jump, flying our wingsuits through a slalom course of massive towers made of stone. What a reward!!!
I feel so lucky to be in France and I can't wait to see what adventures this year has to offer!