Thursday, January 17, 2008

SPORTSHYPE: Ski-Gliding The Eiger

From the "don't try this at home" department...

Ski-gliding is the newest extreme sport to grab my attention. It makes perfect sense: think paragliding combined with kite surfing. Sounds pretty interesting, no?

Someone apparently got it into his or her head to try this on the Eiger, which is one of the most dangerous mountains in the Swiss Alps (if not the world). This video shows what their ride down the 13,000 foot/3,970 meter mountain was like.

The video grabs your attention when it starts off, but doesn't get really hairy until the part where the skiier goes flying off the ridge - right into 6,000 feet of thin air (one minute in). Props!

There is more tomfoolery to be seen below - a bunch of stoners jumping off various mountains and cliffs in the Alps, including the Eiger, while wearing wing suits. Kind of like the Wile E. Coyote cartoon.

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