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Canadian wingsuit legend Graham Dickinson found dead Friends and colleagues of a Canadian adventurer who died in China are flooding social media with glowing tributes, loving remembrances and some small measure of resignation at the inevitability of his demise.
The body of 28 year old Graham Dickinson was found last Thursday on a cliff in the Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park in the central province of Hunan. The day before, he posted a picture of the mountain on his Facebook page, accompanied by a smiling emoji and the description like he is dreaming. was regarded as one of the best in the world at a sport called wingsuiting, in which athletes jump from high places and glide to the ground with the aid of aerodynamic body suits that make their wearers look a little like flying squirrels. Dickinson specialty was terrain flying, in which he kate spade new york handbags on sale swooped kate spade purses cyber monday frighteningly close to mountain cliffs, buildings, trees and the ground many of his flights are documented on video and easily found on the Internet. knew this day would come but no less gutted that it here, Glen J. Kilpatrick wrote on the World Wingsuit League Facebook page. think many of us already knew in a way that he was going to die soon, since his flights were closer and crazy day by day, wrote Jose Montero. was a matter of time. his celebrity inside his sport, Dickinson was hardly a household name. been travelling all around the world wingsuiting everywhere in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia. I do it as much as I can, he said in a recent video posted to YouTube. my passion, my hobby, my love. I try to do it every single day. to his bio with the World Wingsuit League, Dickinson started out parachuting but quickly took up wingsuiting. beings have been obsessed by the idea of flight, and imagined themselves flying among the clouds, and soaring like birds, he explained. mythology of many cultures abounds with gods and kings borne through the air; the power of flight was often attributed to gods. In this day and age we have the tools and technology to be able to fly and some people have no desire I personally cannot fathom this concept. live to fly and to explore the heavens every possible day I can. to the WWL, Dickinson was travelling in China alone with a mission to scout and open new cheap kate spade purses jumping exit points. He was reported missing by friends on Wednesday and local search and rescue personnel found his body the next morning. The sport is without a doubt a dangerous one and some of its top practitioners have met the same fate, including Dickinson friend, Italian Dario Zanon, who died last summer, and Hungarian Victor Kovats, who died in the same area as Dickinson back in 2013. One of the most famous fatalities was Mark Sutton, who gained international fame at the 2012 London Olympics for parachuting into the stadium dressed as James Bond. He was killed the following summer during a TV sponsored event in Switzerland. represented the most cutting edge in proximity wingsuit flying and his name became synonymous for dangerous and challenging wingsuit lines, said the WWL. was well known, not only as one of the world most popular, talented and active BASE jumpers, but also, as a serious risk taker who was willing to put everything in the line to pursuit his dreams. girlfriend, Kristen Johnson, paid tribute to their exciting lifestyle on her Facebook memorial to Dickinson, recalling the first time he took her to jump off a building, the first time he helped her jump off cliffs in the United Arab Emirates, and first encounters with security on an illegal jump. also recalled jumping off 3,000 foot fjords in unicorn onesies and being pulled over in rural Germany for six hours by the local police. picked him up from jail twice, helped him get emergency dental done in a foreign country as he swore at me the entire time, and literally lived in a Fiat 500 with him as we toured Europe together, she wrote.
experiences and stories I have from the short time I shared with him are the stuff of legend and are what I will be forever grateful for. was certainly no saint and definitely drove me to tears on more than one occasion, but he had a heart of gold. One of those rare, genuine, shiny souls that makes you want to be, no, forces you to discount kate spade wallets be a better person.
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