/ NEWS: VIDEO: St John's Head BASE Jump

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UKC News - on 19 Apr 2012
Simon Brentford and the Old Man of Hoy, 3 kbClimber and BASE jumper Simon Brentford has made the first BASE jump from St. John's Head, Hoy, directly off the overhang above the now infamous Long Hope Route.

"The island of Hoy had captivated me since childhood, when I watched a TV program of Joe Brown and his daughter climbing The Old Man of Hoy. Being a BASE jumper and climber, I thought there was a possible jump off the other famous Hoy landmark, St John's Head."

Read more at http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item.php?id=67060

In reply to UKC News:

I enjoyed that, though I wondered for a while where he was going to land! Looks like quite a haul back out.


Chris
BALD EAGLE - on 19 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Wowser that was super intense! Good work Simon!
pmot on 19 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: saddens me how many great videos are spoilt by ill-fitting or plainly incongruous music. I woud suggest local duo Boards of Canada for this mighty feat.
Double Knee Bar - on 19 Apr 2012
That's given me shivers. Amazing.
poeticshambles - on 19 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Superb landing, great flight.
gsum - on 19 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: Nice video - shame about the song
Skyfall - on 19 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:

Ditto - great vid, shame about the music.

Heck of a small landing site, well done Simon !
Webster - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: just out of interest, isnt BASE jumping illegal in the UK? not that it bothers me as that looked amazing! im just wondering what the repercusions might be for UKC openly endorsing it?
howlingbaboon - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: You crazy, crazy man!
robertmichaeladams - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to pmot: ... in your opinion, I thought it worked quite well. Nice short video! Thanks
JayPee630 - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to Webster:

No, it's not illegal. Some venues would require breaking a law to access, but BASE jumping itself isn't.
simes303 - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to robertmichaeladams:

I agree too. A nice tune and good video. Si.
Meeker - on 20 Apr 2012
In answer to the question of legality - no BASE is not illegal. If you enter a building and refuse to leave, then that constitutes the civil offence of trespass. Breaking a window is classed as breaking & entering. To BASE jump, you should not cause damage and if they ask you to leave, do so by the quickest means possible!

On a side note, the island of Hoy has 6 miles of good quality climbing to be done (not all of it super hard either) and 99.9% of it has never been touched before.
mloskot - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: the first BASE as in his career or first in the history of Hoy?

So, how shall we count Tim's jump in 2010?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaiuby7BjzQ
mattrm - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to mloskot:
> (In reply to UKC News) the first BASE as in his career or first in the history of Hoy?
>
> So, how shall we count Tim's jump in 2010?
>
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaiuby7BjzQ

Which is off the Old Man of Hoy. This is a jump of St John's head. Two different places. Two different jumps. Both firsts. Both jumpers are nuts! Very impressed by the vid, pity about the music tho.

Tom F Harding on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to Meeker:

> On a side note, the island of Hoy has 6 miles of good quality climbing to be done (not all of it super hard either) and 99.9% of it has never been touched before.

If anyone wants high res aerial photography of the whole coast line drop me a line. We flew the entire west coast at 700'. I can confirm there are countless amazing lines to be had.
mloskot - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to The_flying_climber: Pity http://openaerialmap.org/ is offline, it would be a sweet treat to upload your photos there.
Meeker - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to mloskot:
Tim, Gus and Roger were definately the first to BASE on Hoy! I owe Tim (& others) a lot for helping to provide me with the intel to do this jump.
Pinhead27 - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to simes303:
> (In reply to robertmichaeladams)
>
> I agree too. A nice tune and good video. Si.

+1
John1923 - on 20 Apr 2012
In reply to Webster:

Perfectly legal from cliffs, the cost guard will even direct you to the exit point on beachy head if you get lost.

(So I am told)
mloskot - on 21 Apr 2012
In reply to mattrm: Thanks for correction. I posted my response in rush and I confused the two cliffs. My bad.
James Oakes - on 21 Apr 2012
USBRIT - on 22 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News:Good one ..Sure beats the Bear effort.
chrisbevins - on 23 Apr 2012
nice job dude! see you in the valley
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Lankyman - on 23 Apr 2012
In reply to UKC News: did anyone ask the gannets? It certainly spooked a lot of them off their nests.

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