How do you end up in a wingsuit

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Salzburg, by the Mondsee - 7 a.m. in the morning. Destination of our trip: The highest point of the Drachenwand - a popular spot for base jumpers. They plunge down from the mountain with their wing suits. We meet Martin Seibert and Bernhard Wansch. It is her first jump after the long winter break.

The excitement is - still - limited.

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “Not yet. That comes then. Now make sure that you have everything with you. Especially toilet paper. "

But these men are definitely not peeking their pants. They have already successfully completed hundreds of jumps. It is particularly important to fold the parachute carefully. If the lines are not well tensioned, there is a danger of a life-threatening incline.

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “Then you get a twist in the screen. Then twist yourself in. If you don't care about the top, you can't control the umbrella. "

... that should be avoided.

The folded umbrella is then stowed in the rucksack, the "harness". But you should also be careful with the last few steps.

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “I finished my packing, stood on it, picked up the umbrella and everything fell out again. Then start all over again. "

Shortly before 8 a.m., the group set off for the summit. The jumping-off point is over a thousand meters above sea level. Compared to other spots, a minor thing for the two who started jumping years ago ...

Bernhard Wansch, Base-Jumper: “I saw it once. It's like they made it up for me. I felt my way through skydiving. When skydiving, you fall down from 4000m and open up to 1000. But with base jumping you have a direct view of the ground. The feeling is completely different there. And the experience in nature. It's not just jumping down, it's also going up. "

He didn't have to persuade his friend Martin Seibert for long ...

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “He said he has a great range of umbrellas. Did I say 'I'll go with you, take a look at yourself. Was done relatively quickly. "

In about an hour and a half, the extreme athletes will have reached the summit.

Base jumping is the easiest exercise for this man: Felix Baumgartner. The Austrian is internationally known for his daring jumps. He has already set several world records. For years he has been preparing for - as he says - the last major project of his sporting career:

He wants to be the first person to break the sound barrier in free fall. Normally the air resistance would not allow such high speeds. That is why it has to go where there is no air: up to an altitude of 36 kilometers into the stratosphere. But this is exactly where the challenge lies ...

Felix Baumgartner: “My skydiving skills have been built up to be able to deal with this air. It just doesn't exist there. You need 30 seconds of air to work with. In these 30 seconds you are helpless. So you need a perfect jump. We trained him with bunjee jumps. "

At no cost should a rotation, the so-called flat spinning, occur when jumping in a vacuum ...

Felix Baumgartner: “If you penetrate a thicker layer of air with a turn like this at 1000 km / h, you can't stop. You would spin so fast that it comes to a redout. The blood is pushed to the head. Man is very sensitive there. The brain could even detach itself from the brain stem. "

A decisive test jump is on the program.

For the first time, balloon, capsule and suit are used in combination. Just like with a real jump.

Only the jump height is about 14km lower.

Felix Baumgartner: “If there is a radio failure, I have to be able to carry out the mission on my own. You have to know every button in the capsule. If my visor starts up due to the temperature fluctuations, I have to be able to press every button blindly. There is a very big task that I have to master. All the focus is on me. This is a live project. That means: the whole world is watching. The pressure is very great. "

At this test jump, the air is still too tight for supersonic speed. But Felix Baumgartner at least gets an idea of ​​what the jump will feel like.

Felix Baumgartner: "I've never been in free fall for so long. When I thought it was time to open the umbrella, I noticed: hey, I still have a few minutes."

In the summer, Felix Baumgartner will finally go high - up into the stratosphere.

Back in Salzburg. The two base jumpers have now reached the summit of the Drachenwand. It is her first jump after a long winter break. The thrill is naturally a bit bigger there.

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “It's addicting. It's already starting to crackle. If you can already feel the alignment, now it will come. So it is with me. And that increases. It's an increase until the umbrella is open. Until you stand on the ground. Then comes the backflash. "

Bernhard Wansch, Base-Jumper: “Then look forward to the next time. So it's a drug. "

Dark clouds are gathering in the Salzkammergut. The jumpers have to hurry. If the wind becomes too strong, they have to stop the jump. Nobody wants to be blown into the wall. Safety first...

Bernhard Wansch, Base-Jumper: “We know the risk. Everyone has to weigh that up for themselves. The bigger problem is with the relatives. I'd rather die doing what I enjoy. But my parents don't see it that way. "

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “You don't assume that you will die. You assume that you have a great flight. That you have a good flight performance and that you land on the bottom. You assume so. Nobody thinks I'm jumping to my death, absolutely not. "

When jumping, the two wear wingsuits - they are tailored to their bodies. The fabric between the arms and legs increases air resistance and triples the free fall time. Cost: around 1000 euros - without the parachute.

It has to be a bit of fun - but now it's getting serious. The two base jumpers go to that ledge from which they will jump headfirst a thousand meters into the depth. Accidents happen again and again ...

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “He always needs a little help. After the winter, after the biscuits - it's a bit tense. "
“When climbing down to the point, you have to concentrate that you don't tumble down beforehand. With quite a few jumps, the really hairy thing is going to and climbing to the exit point. You're still half out of your wingsuit. That's where you concentrate the most. "

Bernhard Wansch, Base-Jumper: “Here you have the booties of the wingsuite on - made of leather. It's pretty slippery. With the leg wing you don't have that much legroom. You have to be careful not to slip away. "

Quickly determine who is flying on which side and off you go.

This is Felix Bergmeister. This man has a lot of stamina. Not only that he has a world title in 10-time triathlon in his pocket. His second passion, motorcycling, took him 60,000 kilometers around the world for 23 months.

Felix Bergmeister, triathlete and globetrotter: “I don't just want to rely on the media representations of the world. I don't just want to take for granted what I know from newspapers. I want to look at the world and get my own picture of it. That's why I'm doing a motorcycle tour around the world. "

On behalf of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, he draws attention to HIV / AIDS projects in developing countries on this very special trip around the world.

Wherever his journey took him - he was always welcomed warmly and with interest, he says.

What has remained to this day are more than just many souvenir photos, as he noticed when he returned to Austria ...

Felix Bergmeister, triathlete and globetrotter: “Until now I have taken many things for granted that we enjoy every day. After this trip I saw what great privileges we have. And we are not even aware of it. "

Traveling is his hobby, geography his studies - endurance sports his passion. Felix Bergmeister is world champion in his age group in the so-called Decatriathlon - that is a ten-time Iron-Man - under the glowing sun of Hawaii

Swim 38 kilometers
1800 kilometers of cycling
and the final sprint: 422 kilometers of running.

In total, a distance from Vienna to Barcelona.

Felix Bergmeister, triathlete: “The mental preparation consists in saying, 'This is the distance. I train them and I can imagine them in my head. And personally, I don't think this distance is too far. No matter what the others say about it. If I say 42 km have to be covered, then I can cover it too. "

True to the motto: Everyone said: "That doesn't work" - then someone came who didn't know and just did it. "As a fitness trainer, Felix Bergmeister reveals his thought tricks that kept him going for 13 days.

Felix Bergmeister, triathlete: “We perceive the space as we are told in society: It's too far, it's too close, it's too far. In reality, of course, space has a physical-material reality. But how we see this relationship too far and near, that is up to us alone. This is an important finding for the ultra triathlon. Through this we can say that even if something is very far, too far or excessively far, it only becomes in our head. That is the picture in our head. Rather, I have to ask myself, do I want to deal with this distance? If I want that, then I can be on my way. Then I will go to the end. "

38 km back and forth in the 50m pool, even a top athlete gets tough.

Felix Bergmeister, triathlete: “I have shoulder pain, but that's a long distance. I'm on the road again!
With very long endurance distances we have high phases where we think we can cover ten times the distance. At such a peak, we enjoy what we do. If we are experiencing a difficult phase, feel the weaker self emerge, are frustrated, then we have to look to the future. We have to say, I know this phase is over, I'll get over it. We pay the rent so that we can finish the race successfully. "

Said and done. Although he only crossed the finish line in 15th place - world champion in his age group.
Felix Bergmeister, triathlete: “That was a wonderful feeling. You know you've prepared. You have passed the problems you have encountered, this conflict management with yourself. The reward is being able to validate yourself. I did it.

Back at the abyss of the Drachenwand ...

Bernhard Wansch, Base-Jumper: “Suction rope, absolutely beautiful! We haven't jumped together for a long time. It worked really well that we were flying side by side. Doesn't always work the first time, it was really nice! "

Martin Seibert, Base-Jumper: “After such a long time, it's already queasy at the beginning! Go through it: Does everything fit? But when the liberating moment comes when you jump away, then everything is forgotten. Super, really cool! "

Thomas Stoklasa, parkour runner: “It's very simple, it's just running around and jumping, what children do in the playground. You forget that at some point. We just try to have fun with the movement. It doesn't take much for that. You need equipment for cycling or inline skating. In other sports you have to go to a specific sports field. Parkour can be done anywhere. "

Today the online community Parkour Vienna will meet here on Vienna's Danube Island. Professionals and beginners warm up muscles and joints together. This is essential because ...

Thomas Stoklasa, parkour runner: “There are often injuries in spring when people are still cold. They think they can pick up where they left off last summer. But we are outside in all weathers, even when it snows. We are not fair weather athletes. "

Parkour basically works on its own, but for most people togetherness is just as important as getting to know each other and pushing one's own limits.

Christian Schano, student: “Some beginners overestimate themselves when pulling up walls. Others say I'll never get up there and ten minutes later they're upstairs. It is interesting for me to see what I can and cannot do. So I can match my body and mind. "

Parkour - so the self-image - is more of a philosophy than a sporty kick ...

Thomas Stoklasa, parkour runner: “Parkour is not an extreme sport. It's an art of locomotion. Maybe it's extreme from the point of view of others. But with training, it's our freedom. I come from the IT world professionally, you sit there all day and I need the balance, the movement. Otherwise I'll just be stupid in my head. "

The possibilities are diverse: For example tree climbing for advanced, it's all a question of practice ...

Mathias Tragwerker, parkour runner: “You can only get better if you go beyond your limits. If you imagine that this is a circle, then the circle should actually get bigger and bigger in life. "

In terms of life experience, ER can score - in his mid-40s, Robert Schild discovered parkour for himself, and thus broadened his view of the world.

Robert Schild, IT specialist: “I see a wall somewhere and I can go over it. Someone else only sees a wall. I have a job and I have a lot to do with customers and problems. I also try to overcome these problems in a parkour manner. It's an obstacle, I try to overcome it and I know how it's done. I feel my way to the obstacle and overcome it. "

In parkour, precision counts above all. The fact that feet and hands are securely placed where they should be placed is practiced here diligently.

Thomas Stoklasa, parkour runner: “Ten out of ten landings have to pass. If it really goes down, you have to be sure. That is the most important thing: Knowing what you can do. "

Because only those who know their abilities can use them in a targeted manner - and thus exploit their full potential.