Sunday, April 25, 2010

Video: Geoffrey Robson remembered

A new YouTube showed up, highlighting one of the jumps Geoffrey made before the fatal jump that cost him his life.
A clear view on the jump attempted is presented in the video.

You can find the YouTube video here

Geoffrey Robson flying a new route from the Groot Drakenstein mountains above Boschendal, near Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The video was recorded on his helmet-mounted video camera.

One week later he tried the same route, but tried to cross the ridge between Devil's Tooth (the peak to the front,right) and the mountain. His calculations were wrong, and he failed to clear the ridge, resulting in his death at the age of 31.

Geoffrey completed his Master's degree at the University of Stellenbosch, and was a PhD student at the ETH in Switzerland, where he conducted research on wingsuit flying.

Here is a recent talk where he describes his research and here and here are two newspaper articles on his impressive life and tragic death

2 comments:

  1. My understanding is that he boasted that if he ever had an accident it would be because of equipment and not his calculations...(because he would not make a mistake). He hit the ridge line 2 meters too low and with a whimper and a OH NO right before he was splattered across the ridge...the show was over....

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    1. Well, he had more balls than you, oh random internet troller who will never amount to shit!

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