Just when you think the ancient city of Petra has probably witnessed everything in it's history, here comes Miles Daisher.
The Red Bull Air Force team member – who's completed 4,299 BASE jumps in addition to his 7,200 skydives – had his eyes set on the UNSECO World Heritage Site Petra Treasury to celebrate BASE jump number 4,300.
The feat was not only in a unique location, but also an incredibly challenging achievement. Daisher would have to travel at 32kph in a circular motion across the 30m-wide space between two (very solid) rocks, and land perfectly in front of the treasury's world-famous doorway – all in under 15 seconds.
Dating back to the first century BC, and perfectly hidden beneath high reaching mountains in the south of the Jordanian desert, 'The Treasury', or Al-Khazneh to give it its proper name, is carved deep into a rose rock face and concealed in a high-walled ellipse of a valley. Both the local Bedouin tribes and the mountains of Petra have protected The Treasury from wind and rain from day one.
This was the lowest BASE jump I’ve done over land and one of the most challenging to date. It took all of the jumps that I have done since the beginning to prepare me for this oneMiles Daisher
Setting up above the top of the Treasury in the early morning, Daisher (with the help of team-mate Andy Farrington) stood waiting for the perfect gust of wind. His goal: to swoop down into Petra and land directly in front of the entrance.
My heart was coming out of my chestMiles Daisher
"See ya," Daisher shouted just before taking that leap of faith into the unknown. With full trust and confidence in his team-mate, he jumped, releasing the parachute from Farrington's tight grip in under three seconds. The whole event was over in fewer than 15 seconds, but the rush of the accomplishment was unreal. In a fraction of a minute, Daisher hit speeds of 32kph, all the while spinning through a narrow rock valley.
The challenge was in the short length and altitude of the jump, and the incredibly small and tight space that left Daisher with little room to escape the walls of the limestone cliffs, which he did with flying colours, to become the first BASE jumper to attempt such a leap.