IN 2008 Shane McConkey and Miles Daisher became the first BASE jumpers to launch off Whistler-Blackcomb’s Peak 2 Peak gondola. The gondola, which spans Whistler and Blackcomb mountains in British Columbia, holds world records for longest free span between towers (almost 2 miles) and highest point above ground (just shy of 1500 feet).
On February 6th this year, an unknown man performed the same feat with the help of a friend, in what seems to be a tribute to McConkey who died in 2009 during a stunt in the Italian Dolomites. Unfortunately, the jump was illegal (unlike McConkey’s and Daisher’s) and the pair caused expensive damage to the equipment — about $10,000 worth to the door’s locking mechanisms. The young woman was captured by police but they have yet to find the man; they both face charges of mischief over $5000.