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I try to stick to hunting and outdoor videos, but every so often, a video comes across my desk that is so extraordinary that I just HAVE to post it.
Today’s video is that extraordinary. And hang-gliding is an outdoor activity, technically.
This guy was on vacation with his wife in Switzerland, and decided that he wanted to try hang-gliding for the first time. After all, what better way to take in the beautiful vistas of the Swiss Alps than from the air?
Well, his instructor made the near-fatal error of not hooking his safety harness properly, and neither man noticed until it was far too late.
For two minutes and 14 seconds, this poor guy had to hang on for dear life.
Check it out:
At 2:28, he nearly loses his grip, but somehow manages to hang on until they get close enough to the ground and he can “safely” bail out.
I put “safely” in quotes because he landed hard on his wrist.
“Upon impact, my right wrist suffered a fragmented distal radius fracture, which required surgery.”
He also tore his bicep tendon by hanging on well after his muscles were exhausted. It’s amazing what adrenaline can do to keep you alive.
At any rate, he’s been a good sport about the incident. I didn’t get the name of the hang-gliding business that he uses, but I’d check the Yelp reviews before I put myself in danger.