VR Proximity flight!
Feel like you're really flying down Tianmen Moutain
This Petra-flying swooper chick from NorCal is a jack-of-all-trades, the master of many and the mistress of adrenalin! Katie Hansen excels in Base, freeflying, canopy piloting, speed flying, wing suiting, tunnel flying and xRW. She is a BASE instructor, a freefly coach, a canopy piloting competitor and loves to do things no-one has done before. Katie was born to fly!
Roughly: Wingsuit – 1000, Freefly – 2300, Camera - 500, Belly – 300, BASE – 600+
I made my first skydive and BASE jumps in 2003. My first 5 years in the sport consisted of about 200 skydives and about 250 BASE jumps. I did a static line jump with my dad to celebrate high school graduation, then I started going every weekend but it was a small DZ with short seasons.
I got a lot more active in the sport in 2008. I was on Baffin Island and watched the other jumpers flying wingsuits and decided I needed to do that, so I went back to the dz. As soon as I started jumping again I thought, “This is so fun! Why did I ever stop this?” and haven’t stopped since. Then I caught the freefly bug.
Main canopy for wingsuiting: That’s kind of a revolving door, at the moment it’s a 5-cell crossbraced prototype from NZ Aerosports
Main canopy for everything else: Daedalus Petra 66
Container: VSE Infinity
Reserves: Icarus 99, PD 113
For coaching and flocking - PF Havok.
For XRW and BASE - Tonysuits Apache Rebel
I jump the gear I have because it’s the best gear on the market. I like to use the right tool for the right job.
It looked badass and challenging. The first photo I ever saw blew my mind. It was obvious this was the next huge step for our disciplines and still continues to be. It really was challenging in the beginning figuring out the best pattern to get together, not sinking out once I was there, and so on. Eventually the gear got better and we got better but it really was a journey. After I could fly the wingsuit I thought the same challenge of flying the canopy. It was a huge marker for me in my canopy piloting to be able to fly with the wingsuits.
Come on, I don’t want to brag, you tell me!
Landing in the car was one of the best jumps of my life. Nick gave me some good tips and confidence, and JC is a really talented driver. I was definitely nervous but in a good way. I just used my references and lined it up… when I came out of my turn and realized I didn’t really need any corrections I was so excited, I just slid in the back seat and enjoyed the moment. It was pretty special.
I coach skydiving and BASE as well as balance my professional career as a registered nurse.
Find the right mentor who isn’t interested in hooking up with you. Guys will inevitably do something stupid to impress you. Other than that, go for it, and practice your canopy skills.
Haha, I think it’s the jumpsuit…
Check out some of Katie's adventures last year, including XRW and her landing in a Mustang!
Wingsuit BASE races in Norway and Switzerland if it works out as I hope, US CP Nationals, US Nationals, Australia, tunnel comps. I just did my first Dynamic 4 Way comp in Austin, Texas. I can’t wait to do more.
Motivated, happy, adventurous, fortunate, safeish ;)
There is always more to learn, enjoy the journey.
An awesome glimpse into so many ways of flying… Katie Hansen's GoPro shares base jumping, speed riding, wingsuiting, XRW, canopy flight, landing in a car and more…