Everybody knows Brento. Basejumpers at least.
It's in Italy and it's considered an awesome spot for basejumping: exit point at 1545m above sea level and a wall with a sheer d-rop of 750m and 400m makes this location one of the most overhanging of Europe and make it one of the 5 most popular one in the world by fans of the Base jump at the international level.
Not everybody knows, instead, that each year a group called "Mucho BASE" meet at this location to celebrate our sport.
We started eight years ago, we were just few people, but in these days the participants have been 23 italians and a dozen foreigners. As founder of the group I felt quite proud!
We met Saturday morning at 6 am at the landing zone, quick breakfast and organizing part. To arrive to the exit point you need to drive for more or less 30 minutes, then walk for at least one hour. Once we reached the area of the exit, we prepared ourselves and we began the first session of jumps, unfortunately interrupted by a violent storm, which forced more than half of the jumpers to descend back into the valley.
By late afternoon the weather improved and all of us were able to jump. Many came equipped with special combinations of track-suit that made possible track and multi-way jumps. The final group was formed by the wingsuit, we attempted an arrow 7 elements formation plus external video (Noah). We never trained this together, so it was not a surprise it not everybody could be able to occupy the assigned slot, but the decision to reduce the formation into 6 elements plus Noah turned into a success!
on the Sunday morning, smokes on for Roberta and I, and the formation jumped and flew together for several seconds.
It was an incredible jump, also becauset we had never experienced this type of training together before!
Overall, the 8th Mucho Base Meeting was a success, due to the number of participants (more than 40 people at dinner on Saturday), the emotions and the experience we got.
Being able to meet people from all over Italy and other countries, united by the same passion for jumping, for fun and for testing themselves, was a unique opportunity in order to improve and grow in this discipline.
Really great, I'm looking forward to jump with each of you again! But mostly...Mucho Base guys!!
(written by Maurizio di Palma)