Whisper becomes world's First Wingsuit BASE Jumping Dog
Dean Potter, a well renowned American BASE jumper and his dog, Whisper from Eiger, Switzerland pulled off something that will be definitely going on the history books.
Whisper, a 4-year-old miniature Australian cattle dog, became the first dog ever to wingsuit BASE jump as she leapt off the Eiger Mountain along with her friend, Potter.
Whisper was strapped onto Potter’s backpack along with a camera as they completed a jump from almost 13,020 foot.
Later, Potter took to his website to ensure that Whisper’s safety was never compromised.
“Whenever I enter hazardous terrain with Whisper-dog, I secure her with a Ruffwear DoubleBack Harness,” Potter wrote on his website. “This harness is incredibly overbuilt for a 22-pound pup and that makes me feel very confident she will never become disconnected from me and the anchor. The harness is strong enough for a human and exceeds the strength of my own harness that I’ve taken some very long “whippers” (falls) on, like this one on an early free attempt of the Center Tombstone in Moab, Utah.”
“Additionally, Whisper is always attached to me with 2 full-strength locking carabiners and a 10mm climbing rope that holds thousands of pounds and is made for humans to trust their lives to. Here are Climbing Rope Specs. I trust my own life to these ropes and they have never failed me for the past 30 years. Whisper weights 1/8th my weight so this makes the ropes eight-times safer for her, than a human,” he added.