Video: See a wingsuit pro flying through the UAE and Oman
This footage of a wingsuit pro flying and swooping like a giant bat past jagged Omani rocks makes our heart skip a beat.
Well known wingsuiter Graham Dickinson has just put in nine months and 2,000 hours of hard work in order to open up over 100 new jump exit points in the UAE and Oman. His new video series Blood, Sweat and Tears shows the nail-biting near misses that happened while he found the new locations.
‘Opening’ a jump or an exit point means being the first person ever to base-jump at a location. This is obviously extremely dangerous and takes a lot of research at and about the location.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of crossing the Omani border, you’ll know that the sandy plains of the UAE turn dramatically mountainous when you do so. The sky-high peaks are near perfect for people like Dickinson who seek extreme activities.
On his Facebook page, wingsuit pro Dickinson mentions his interest in air sports began at a young age: he started skydiving at 18 and base-jumping at 22. His current job as a wingsuit tracking coach and tandem instructor has taken him all over the world, from Dubai to California, Canada and Australia. He has over 4,000 skydives and 1,000 base jumps under his belt.
In Part One of his series, Dickinson can be seen flying within an arm’s reach of certain death as he soars over and through the bluffs of Oman.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears Part 1First ever wingsuit BASE jumps from a cliff in the UAE and Oman! Over 100 new exits!Like: www.facebook.com/GrahamDickinsonOfficialFollow: instagram.com/grahamdickinsonofficial/Subscribe: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCHFVa3Z7XJHQocCSw11x2cA”Blood, Sweat, and Tears” Part 1In 2015 I have opened up the first wingsuit BASE jumps from a cliff in the UAE and Oman. Over 100 brand new exit points! It feels very rewarding being the first person to jump off a cliff nobody else has. It has been a long time coming. A lot of Blood, Sweat, Tears has gone into this project. So much time hiking out to every cliff edge, driving every single road you can imagine, researching online and by foot. countless hours spent on this project, it consumed my life for more then a year.So I invite you to Come and follow me on my journey, If you have any questions, please comment below. Thank you for sharing my passion everyone! Part 2 will be released in December!Thank you Kristen Johnson for all your help.Thank you Squirrel for all the research and development you have done.Thank you GoPro for the cameras.Thank you everyone here in the UAE and OmanHamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Fazza| FazzaNasser Al NeyadiSkydive DubaiXDubai
Posted by Graham Dickinson on Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Here’s a video showing one of his new jumps from all angles:
New Jump I Opened Up in Oman Entitled (Threat Level Midnight) Raw FootageFirst ever wingsuit BASE jumps from a cliff in the UAE and Oman! To watch the whole series: Like:www.facebook.com/GrahamDickinsonOfficialFollow: instagram.com/grahamdickinsonofficial/Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/cha…/UCHFVa3Z7XJHQocCSw11x2cA/videosThis here is a jump I opened in Oman; I named it “Threat Level Midnight.” It is located in the Al Hajar Mountain range (the stony mountains). It looks and feels very similar to the Grand Canyon. This place has a key to my heart. The jump itself requires a quick, certain weather conditions, and a nice flare before opening. (Not for the average bear)Thank you Kristen Johnson for all your help.Thank you Squirrel for making such quality suits.Thank you GoPro for the cameras. Thank you everyone here in the UAE and OmanHamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum | Fazza,Nasser Al NeyadiSkydive DubaiXDubai
Posted by Graham Dickinson on Friday, 27 November 2015
Whilst not in the Middle East (France, to be precise), this is Dickinson’s most successful video to date, showing himself and his cameraman gliding effortlessly through a forest: