I'm back in Europe and my second year here is even better than my first. More experience. Bigger wingsuit. Longer stay. I am one stoked girl.
Back to Brento - Jill Kuzman
First Stop is Italy. I booked us the cheapest, yet longest travel itinerary ever. Guess I should have looked past the price tag. After an overnight in LA and a 7 hour layover in NYC, my badass man and I arrive in Milan after 2 days of travel. We are exhausted, jet-lagged and still have a full day of train and bus travel ahead of us with 6 weeks worth of luggage. Oh did I mention that it's pouring rain? I rest the first day in Arco, Italy. No way I can jump on 3 hours of sleep. Gives us the day to set up our tent and buy some groceries.
Day 2, we opt for the 2nd bus to the top of Monte Brento at 8am. I take my tracking suit along to warm up on the big cliffs. It's been almost a year since I got to jump a cliff this size. My girl, Cherie, asks me if I want to do a 2 way tracking jump. So off the cliff in our pink and black garbage bag suits we go. GAH!! I had almost forgotten how astonishingly fun big wall jumping was.
The next day I head to the top for my first BASE jump on my new wingsuit. I'm excited and nervous and excited. Did I mention nervous? I've been training for weeks skydiving on it. I know that I know how to fly it. We get to the exit point and the winds are strong. Much stronger than I am comfortable with. I'm not the only one. 7 of us decide to wait for the evening load and hike back down the mountain.
The group heads back up that evening. Conditions are perfect. I stop and sit on a rock and take it all in. A few deep yoga breaths calm my nerves. I feel ready. I push off and a few seconds later I feel my suit inflate and I begin to soar. I LOVE FLYING!!!
The rest of my trip I continue to refine my skills on my new wingsuit. Flying further and faster. Trying some barrel roll acrobatics. Flying with others. I even get back to my roots and knock out some triple front flips in my tracking suit. Oh Monte Brento. You are a magical, legal, anomaly of a mountain! Thank you for being you.