Chilean base jumper Julio Munoz launched himself into the record books with a death-defying feat, riding his motorbike off the side of a 4,000-metre-high mountain in the Andes.
After free-falling through the air for several seconds, the 37-year-old opened his parachute and managed a safe landing at the bottom of the mountain in Chile’s Loma de Rabona, while the bike crashed against the cliff and smashed to pieces.
After months of preparation and a long helicopter ride to one of the most inaccessible places on earth, Julio Munoz made his final checks before attempting one of the most breathtaking base jumps ever. Several people worked on the project with Munoz, building the ramp and looking for an ideal spot to carry the jump out.
Base jumping, one of the most dangerous sports in the world, involves free-falling from a fixed object before deploying a parachute. But Munoz had decided to add an extra ingredient to his adventure in the Chilean Andes – a 450 cc motorbike.
Daredevil Julio Munoz, an experienced base-jumper, planned the stunt for three years, getting sponsors to help him foot the bill. He wore several cameras on different parts of his body to film the jump.
With 12 camera operators on hand to record every moment, Munoz accelerated off the side of the mountain and launched his bike into the jaw-dropping 4,000-metre drop.
The 37-year-old gained notoriety in November last year after successfully base jumping from a skyscraper at the Castonera Centre in Chile’s capital Santiago. This feat enabled Munoz to raise the US$100,000 needed for his latest stunt.
Adding a motorbike to the mix brought extra dangers to an already lethal sport, and it was a relief for everyone to see Munoz successfully pull away from the bike in mid-air. He said that he hopes that the stunt will give Chile some exposure: “We think discovering South America through jumps is a good way to show our part of the world.”