In this exclusive post, Peli Pro Wingsuit Pilot and BASE Jumper Jeb Corliss tells us about his journey to China for the upcoming World Wingsuit League Race:
I’ve just embarked on an amazing journey to China’s Hunan Provence, to a place called Zhangjiajie. I did the biggest megastunt of my life in this location last year when I flew through the Tianmen Mountain cave. It was so successful that the Chinese government and cable car company asked me to come back for another, even more interesting, concept.
A company called Pan Pacific has developed the world’s fastest and most dangerous race. Sixteen of the greatest wingsuit pilots are coming to China to compete in the first ever World Wingsuit League proximity wingsuit race. Wingsuit pilots will jump from cliffs, race around platforms and between mountain spires, and finish by flying under a cable car 150 metres off the ground. These racers are the fastest non-engine propelled human beings in the world, reaching ground speeds in excess of 225kph. This competition will be like Formula One in the sky. The race will take place between the 12th and 14th of October and televised live across all of Asia.
The journey from my home in Marina Del Rey California to Zhangjiajie is long. It was a 12,000 km. I packed all my very sensitive GoPro cameras, recon GPS HUD goggles and base gear in my virtually indestructible Peli Cases. Most of my GPS and camera gear went into my 1620 and 1740 cases. Peli builds the only cases in which I am willing to transport my camera gear and GPS in the cargo hold of a commercial airliner. For some reason, baggage handlers just love to throw bags around and destroy my gear. When I got to Zhangjiajie, all my bags were soaking wet! I have no idea why, but luckily for me the bags are totally waterproof, so all my stuff inside was completely dry and undamaged.
As for my laptop and hard drives, I carried them with me in my Peli Pro Gear S100 backpack, along with most of my clothes. I just got this backpack a few weeks ago, and all I can say is I am totally in love with it. It makes going through security check points where they force you to take out your laptop every 10 minutes a breeze.
Thank you Peli for making such an awesome line of bags that keeps all my stuff safe when I travel. My sports are equipment-dependent, so if anything gets damaged it can mean my trip is ruined. These bags take that worry away from me. I never have to be concerned checking my high-tech stuff on airplanes when I have them in my Peli Cases.”