Wednesday, August 16, 2006

International base jumpers plan to conquer Gunung Mulu

KUCHING - International BASE (Building, Antennas, Spans, Earth) jumpers who descended the 86m-high Pelita Tower here yesterday, are eyeing a more challenging feat - Gunung Mulu.

Kuala Lumpur Tower chief executive officer Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad said their successful jump from the Pelita Tower gave them the confidence to try and conquer Gunung Mulu.

"They want to try it in Mulu and we will consider it next year," he told reporters.

Malaysia's Aziz Ahmad, who made his first jump from the Pelita Tower yesterday, said his colleagues wanted to try the extreme sport in Gunung Mulu as it was a world renowned tourist attraction.

Aziz, who has been involved in BASE jumping since 1999, said several matters had to be attended to particularly in terms of safety and logistics before the jumpers were brought to Gunung Mulu.

Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump (KLTIJ) technical director Gary Cunningham, who is an Australian, also jumped from the Pelita Tower yesterday.

The experienced BASE jumper from Sydney has made 1,200 jumps in his 13-year involvement in the sport.

The KLTIJ sixth series began at the Tun Mustapha Tower in Kota Kinabalu last Saturday and followed by the Pelita Tower yesterday.

The jumpers will display their skills at the Alor Star Tower in Kedah on Aug 17 and 18, Komtar in Penang on Aug 20 and the Kuala Lumpur Tower on Aug 25 and 27.

Eighty jumpers including from the United States, Australia, Germany, India, Mexico, Italy, Finland, Russia, Norway and Malaysia are taking part in the KLTIJ.


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