Mutiny in Idaho
For the Sake of Mutiny
For their new movie, "Mutiny," out this fall, Stept Productions and skier Mike Wilson came up with a seemingly crazy concept: a handrail to ski BASE jump off of the Perrine bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, one of the U.S.'s only bridges you can legally BASE jump off of.
The crew got an early start in the morning, setting up the wooden jump at sunrise to keep the "snow" from melting in the 100-plus degree heat forecasted for the day.
This is when the idea of a handrail to ski BASE jump became even more insane: Let's do it in the middle of 100-degree days, in the Idaho desert, the crew decided. How do they do that? With three pallets of ice cubes, of course. Here, Stept's Alex Martini backs in two of three pallets full of ice cubes for the in-run.
The wood chipper they hoped would crush ice into snow clogged on every attempt. Now what? Why not ski on ice cubes while being towed in by a high-speed winch on a flat bridge. Yes, that should work.
Stept's Cam Riley is definitely going the wrong way with a wheelbarrow full of ice cubes in July.
The plan: Slide a handrail on top of a 486-foot-tall bridge, then flip off of it twice, then finally deploy your parachute. Now that's a crowd pleaser. In case you didn't really get what 486 feet above the water looked like, this should give you some perspective.
Hey, we can just salt these ice cubes, that should work right?
Mike Wilson finishing up his in-run mahalo style. When you ski in July you throw "snow" in flip-flops.
Attempt one didn't work out as planned. Too much speed combinded with too much kick in the jump sent Mike in the backseat over the bridge rail, flipping down to the water.
Mike wasn't about to let a bad first try keep him out. On his second attempt, he got towed in, slid the handrail to misty 540 to backflip to a proper opening of his parachute with a nice mellow flight down to the river. Did that just happen?