This heart stopping footage shows the moment an incredible stuntman became the first person to successfully fly a wingsuit from a mountain in the UK.
The video and images were taken at Lord Berkley's Seat on the Ann Teallach mountain range in Scotland on August 18th.
Tim Howell, 31 from Somerset made the perilous climb to the nearly 4,000 ft peak accompanied by professional photographer Hamish Frost, 32 from Glasgow.
After reaching the peak and suiting up in his wing suit Tim jumped from the prow of Lord Berkeley's Seat into the precipice of Lord's Gully below.
After a freefall of around a hundred metres, Tim's wingsuit filled with air and he began to glide, clearing the mouth of the gully before pulling his chute above the lochan and landing safely beachside. In doing so Tim Howell successfully opened up the first wingsuit BASE jump exit on a mountain in the UK.
The former royal marine said:
"I hoped to be the first person to fly a wingsuit from a mountain in the UK. "
"We had done the hike many times before to recce the location, the more time I can spend measuring and calculating if the flight is possible the more I can feel confident in it all going smoothly. It takes about 3 hours to reach the summit."
"A technical aspect of the jump is that you are flying straight into a gully, so there is no "escape" if you have a bad heading. I needed to fly out of the gully before turning and flying to the lake to pull my parachute. The only good landing was beside the lake."
"During the jump I am just fully in concentration. Before the jump I was just trying to calm my nerves, knowing that the calculations added up and my training and experience was enough to make this flight with a big enough margin. "
"I'm so happy it went so smoothly, it's one thing to pull something off but it's another to pull it off with enough of a safe margin- that's what I'm most happy about."
When asked how he had succeeded at becoming the first person to fly a wingsuit from a cliff in the UK where others had failed or not even attempted Tim said:
"There are maybe 3 main things that you need to find a wingsuit BASE jump.
initial start height. - an vertical height of at least 100m, usually 150m+
Terrain that is steep enough to fly over after the start height.
Overall altitude to make the flight last more than a few seconds. Usually more then 500m.
And of course a good enough landing"
"If any of these things are missing or a slightly lacking, then you need one of the other various to have more margin. For example if you're start height is less then 100m then you want the terrain to be very steep underneath so you can have a greater margin if you fly at a greater ratio then the slope."
"A lot of the UK, especially Scotland is undiscovered in terms of BASE jumping, i wrote a guide for UK BASE jumps 4 years ago when we only had 30 cliffs to jump from, we now have more than 200 with a lot more we know about. The fact that scotland is undiscovered, the technical ability needed to jump this certain exit, i had the summer season in the Alps training for it are all reasons why it hasn't been done. Other locations, yes maybe, they might be even more technical then this one though, so I'm not rushing to do them."
Photographer Hamish who made the climb with Tim added:
"There was no recklessness or maybes here, just a perfect display of training, preparation, and faultless execution, all coming together to produce something which was truly special to watch. Tim and others involved in making the jump happen spent endless time in the buildup recceing the exit point, checking slope profiles and crunching the numbers - it was going to be tight, but Tim was completely confident (even if he had an imperfect jump) it would go. In the end Tim made it look comfortable, easily clearing the crux sections of the flight - a testament to the many highly technical training flights he'd accrued in preparation for this project. "
"Tim, that was mega. Massive tip of the hat to you for pulling it off and a big thank you for letting me come along with my camera to capture it!"