AUSTRIAN ARCH AND SWISS GEGENSCHATZ BASE JUMP OFF THE EIGER NORTHERN WALL IN SWITZERLAND.
Austrian Hannes Arch (pictured) and Swiss Ueli Gegenschatz become the first persons ever to peform a BASE-jump from the so called "Champignon", a bizarre rock tower on the northern wall of mount Eiger (3.970 m) above Grindelwald in Switzerland June 27. After 13 seconds of free fall they opened their parachutes and landed at the foot of the world's most famous, 1,800 metres tall rock face. BASE-jumping, the abbreviation stands for Buildings, Antennae, Span (ie. bridges) and Earth points, is illegal in most countries.