BASE Jumper Sets Altitude Record Wearing Suunto Watch

BASE jumper Patrick Kerber wore a Suunto Ambit2 watch as he set a new altitude record, jumping from the highest exit point of the Eiger mountain in Switzerland.

Kerber jumped from the Eiger's South Wall, at an altitude of 3,820 metres. He was in free fall for over one minute and 46 seconds before landing in Grindelwald, having descended 2,820 metres.

"It was a huge dream come true," Kerber said. "To be able to fly from the highest possible BASE exit point on this mystic mountain is simply amazing and a very intense feeling. I measured this flight line over and over at home, but once I was in the air everything went fine and I knew right away that I could fly over this critical part in a safe way. The flight felt like it lasted forever and once the time had come to pull the parachute, I realised that I have accomplished one of my biggest dreams!"

Kerber recorded factors such as the distance, speed and altitude using his Suunto Ambit2, a watch designed for explorers and athletes. His jump data was shared via the Suunto Movescount sports diary community. The timepiece has a robust design with glass fibre reinforced casing and a long battery life. A wide range of functions can be added to the watch from thousands of free Suunto apps.

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