Video: I didn't think I was scared of heights until I watched Clem Newell base jump off the side of this impossibly steep mountain in Switzerland and then glide miles above a small town while wearing a wingsuit. But after watching him skim across these peaks with his artificial wings I'm hesitant to even climb a flight of stairs without wearing a parachute.
Watching Wingsuiters Base Jump Off This Steep Mountain Will Make You Terrified Of Heights
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