"I learned to skydive, then BASE jump. I then learned to skydive with the wing-suit..."
"...then after two years of training, I was jumping from cliffs with the suit."
Image by Joby Ogwyn, SOURCE
Joby is in China for a race by the best 16 wing-suit pilots from around the world. A demonstration last year was watched live by over half a billion people in Asia.
About his friend David Klein's (left, Joby right) winter attempt of Nanga Parbat: "I think he will have his hands full in Pakistan."
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About the space jump: "had the same thought."
courtesy Red Bull Stratos, SOURCE
With Inaki in 2007. "My last expedition for climbing was 2008. I ran out of O2 on the summit of Everest and had to get down alone [...] When I got there I found out my great friend Inaki Ochoa had died on Annapurna. [...] I just lost some on my energy for climbing and had just found BASE and wingsuits so I focused my energy on that."
Joby's climbing buddy, fellow sky diver and heli pilot Simone Moro on Batura II. "We are discussing several projects in the Himalayas," Joby says. "This will be the next level of wing-suit flight and I will be making it happen next year."
"I would like to make the biggest BASE jump in the world from a Himalayan peak. I have plans for this next year with Jeb."
courtesy Joby Ogwyn, SOURCE
Winging it! Exweb interview with Joby Ogwyn
Posted: Oct 11, 2012 05:10 am EDT
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(Tina Sjogren) We were researching Hungarian David Klein for the upcoming Pakistan winter games when a familiar face showed up: American Joby Ogwyn. A new line (variant) on Makalu with the Spaniards and Inaki in 2004; one year later with Simone Moro on Batura II (at 7.762m then the highest unclimbed peak); Everest speed climb, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, attempts on K2 and Broad Peak...where was Joby now? BASE jumping and wing-suit flying has taken over his life the last six years, Joby told us when we found him - headed for the worlds...
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