Daredevil becomes first person to jump off top of UK mountain in a wingsuit

DAREDEVIL Tim Howell leaps into the unknown as he becomes the first to jump off the top of a UK mountain in a wingsuit.

The ex-Royal Marine, 31, leapt from 4,000ft An Teallach in the north-west Highlands and glided down a gully for 30 seconds before deploying his parachute and landing.

Tim said: “Before the jump, I was just trying to calm my nerves.

“I’m so happy it went smoothly. It’s one thing to pull something off but it’s another to pull it off with enough of a safe margin.”

Wingsuits have fabric between the arms and legs to let wearers glide.

The UK is challenging for wingsuit jumps because our mountains lack the altitude, vertical profile and safe landing spots needed to perform a safe jump.

But Tim, from Martock, Somerset, has spent years researching UK base jumping sites and there are now over 200 known to enthusiasts.

Tim believes there will be other locations in the UK that are suitable for wingsuit base jumps – but is not in a hurry to try them out.

“Yes, there may be other locations, but they might be even more technical than this one though – so I’m not rushing to do them,” he said.

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