World champion Angelo D’Arrigo attempts to imitate condors by hang gliding over the highest mountains in the Andes Mountains without supplementary oxygen. It will be the most extreme adventure of his career – the ultimate and last test of his free-flying skills.
World champion hang-glider Angelo D'Arrigo is preparing for the zenith of his extreme sports career. He trains rigorously and is in top physical condition. He practices a special breathing technique that will allow him to ascend to extreme altitudes, where a pilot would normally only survive for a few minutes without pressurized oxygen. He tests his endurance in a hypobaric chamber that re-creates the dangerous conditions that await him. And he designs an experimental new set of wings that will support his flight in rarified air. In December, Angelo and a team of technicians, doctors and meteorologists travel to South America, to the slopes of Andes. There they wait and watch for the right meteorological window that will create strong, rising currents of air. Then, in what seems like a moment of inspired madness, Angelo and his glider will ride these thermals up among the Acngcagua mountain peaks, where under normal circumstances lack of oxygen quickly brings on unconsciousness and death, and where a sudden gust of wind or a storm can turn an adventure into a tragedy. The crowning achievement of his flight will free-flying without supplementary oxygen or a motor over Mount Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas (23,000 feet), and setting a new world first. DocLab is recording this unprecedented event, from its very inception until the moment when Angelo makes his final aerial ascent.
Aerotow hanggliding at 15,000ft, with 1000ft/min thermals, 50km final glides, 155km/h proximity flying over a hotel, a double Harrier jet fly by at 13,000ft, and a 1000m high dust storm in Casa Grande, Arizona, USA.
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