Just five months ago, wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss thought he was moments away from death after crashing into South Africa’s Table Mountain at 120 miles per hour. Five months from now, the 36-year-old American will join 15 other athletes in the World Wingsuit League's first event. They will jump off a cliff, navigate turns as they drop 2,700 feet over roughly three quarters of a mile at speeds topping 100 miles per hour, check their custom-designed Recon goggles for elevation change and speed, and tweak the pitch and yaw of their squirrel-suited bodies in an attempt to finish with the fastest time.
“Imagine Formula One in the sky,” says Corliss. “Instead of a flat two-dimensional race amongst cars, you now have a three-dimensional race happening between cliff faces and walls, and the finish line is a cable car.”