Matterhorn BASE Jump by Géraldine Fasnacht and Julien Meyer
On 7 June Switzerland's Géraldine Fasnacht and Julien Meyer made the first wingsuit flight off the Matterhorn, 4478m.
The flight was outstanding, so much so that Géraldine Fasnacht and Julien Meyer defined it as "the most beautiful flight we could open in our lives." The two Swiss alpinists are referring to the first BASE Jump and wingsuit flight off one of the symbols of the Alps, the Matterhorn, carried out shortly before midday on Saturday 7 June.
Fasnacht and Meyer ascended the Hörnli Ridge together with the mountain guides Claude-Alain Gailland and Hervé Gresch, setting off at 1:00am as they knew they'd encounter plenty of snow en route. Fasnacht told Planetmountain “We needed eight hours to reach the summit, and then finding the ideal take off spot for our wingsuit flight required another couple of hours.”
After having located a suitable ledge the two leaped off to soar down the magnificent East face before turning left and landing at the foot of the North Face. "We descended circa 2200 vertical metres and flew for about two minutes." So, we asked, what was it like flying off the Matterhorn? "Pure magic" she replied.