Pakistani cable cars…

As I’ve mentioned I’m based in Pakistan for the time being doing relief work in the earth quake affected areas. Even though I’m based in the really steep Himalayan foothills, I haven’t found a single cliff to jump off. For a base jumper it is pretty hard not to get any airtime at a regular basis so I’ve hooked up with some local Paragliders just to at least be a bit closer to air sports.

Then after showing my friends some footage of me dropping from a cable in Norway, they found me a cable here in Pakistan! It is the coolest little thing. They’ve just taken the back part from a minibus thing which has two benches in it and hung it up on a pair of cables crossing a valley providing me with a perfect little jumping spot. The locals really depend on these cable cars in this hilly and inaccessible region. There is no concept of maintenance in Pakistan, so I am more scared when riding out in the cable car than when I jump from it!

All the locals of course love to watch, and gather in big groups around me every time I arrive. It even gets so packed that the platform (also homemade) where you board the cable car is shaking and threatening to fall down (it is built on poles). I’ve done about 30 jumps form the cable now, and am still very nervous each time. It is quite an intense jump, because with only 1-2 seconds of freefall it takes less than 30 seconds from when I jump to when I land, meaning I have to be totally focused. Have attached some pictures to really illustrate…

The cable car


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