Watching base jumping films can be a nerve-wracking
experience, but this video
captures the sport’s often-unseen serene side.
Created by long-time base jumper and skydiver,
Ossie Khan, and shot over a two-year period, Experience Zero Gravity reveals
some of the most stunning base jumping locations in Europe. What makes the film
special, however, is that the footage is played in slow motion, allowing you to
revel in the splendour of each place while feeling as though you’re
experiencing the magnificence of human flight.
“There’s a really beautiful side to base jumping
and to being able to fly through the sky in what becomes a very non-stressful
headspace,” said Khan, whose goal with his films is to challenge the
misconception that base jumping is all about adrenaline.
The video’s four main locations are
Switzerland’s Eiger Mushroom (six seconds in), a 335m-high base-jumping and
rock-climbing mecca; Switzerland’s popular High Nose jump in Lauterbrunnen (22
seconds in); Norway’s 900 to about 2,000m drops from the Fjord Mountains in Lysebotn (30 seconds in); and
the majestic mountainsides of Annecy in France (35 seconds in).
Each location has its own special beauty, but
for Khan, base jumping is unique because it provides a very different travel
“I am looking at the city from a bird’s eye
view and jumping directly down … not many people get to see it from that
perspective,” said Khan of his experience jumping from the Eiger Mushroom in the
For those interested in base jumping, Khan
recommends beginning with skydiving, then travelling to jumping points via tour
groups such as Stevanger Base Klubb in