Welcome to the first installment of our Epic Series – incredible action videos of the most exhilarating adventure sports – coming to you weekly through the rest of the summer! First up: one bad-ass wingsuit jump from 2012.
There are some amazing things happening in proximity flight these days, but for those of you who are just discovering the sport, this one's a classic: Marco Waltenspiel wowing a crowd with a flight over the Schafberg, an exposed peak in Austria's Salzkammergut region. It was an incredible feat of skill and daring back then, and it still is.
What makes the video all the more compelling is the way it's perfectly captured using a 1,000 frames-per-second camera so you can see his flight from a unique perspective. Marco reached speeds of up to 105 mph while cruising at close range above the 5,846-foot mountain peak and over the forests and lakes below.
"I was thinking a lot of weeks before of this jump, and I was really concentrated all the time," Marco said afterward. "When you jump out of the helicopter this whole stuff is gone."
"For me it's not the point to go 5cm or half a meter at the wall and fly super hardcore," he explained. "I just want to have the freedom of flying in the nature and mountains and have fun with it. It's just about flying like birds -- that's what it's all about."