Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Tribute to Ludovic Woerth

Had to be able to fly and get the shot. Jokke Sommer - one of my favorite flyers said he always got the shot.

He and two friends flew over a ridge and encountered a flat field instead of the expected open canyon and crashed.  A dangerous sport.

If you haven't seen Jokke and friends flying, here is one of their best vids



  1. Since I had no idea who this guy was, I looked him up. Here's a sampling of Google's presentation: He was FRENCh, and his name is pronounced LOO-ta-VEEK VURT

    Ludovic Woerth: One of the world's best-known wingsuit divers and ...
    www.independent.co.uk › News › Obituaries
    The Independent

    May 2, 2014 - To say that Ludo “Videoman” Woerth was an extreme sportsman is an understatement. In the words of his peers around the world, he was ...
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    US wingsuit flyer dies after weekend accident - The Local
    Apr 3, 2014 - Along with experienced wingsuit flyers New Zealander Dan Vicary, 33, and French wingsuit icon Ludovic Woerth, 34, Drake had jumped from a ...
    Skydiving ... Deaths.com - Ludovic Woerth - YouTube

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    May 16, 2014 - Uploaded by SkydivingDeaths.com
    More info: http://www.skydivingdeaths.com/ludovic-woerth/
    Ludovic Woerth | Facebook

    Ludovic Woerth is on Facebook. Join Facebook to connect with Ludovic Woerth and others you may know. Facebook gives people the power to share and ...
    Three Killed In Wingsuit Flying Accident in Switzerland
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    Apr 23, 2014 - Dan Vicary, Ludovic Woerth and Brian Drake had jumped from a helicopter for a flight in the L├╝etschental valley in Switzerland, but soon after, ...
    Dan Vicary and Ludovic Woerth...what happened? - Skydiving Chat ...
    www.uk-skydiver.co.uk › UK Skydiver › Skydiving Forums › Skydiving Chat
    Apr 17, 2014 - http://www.theaustra...o-1226869466686. The third unnamed individual survived, yet I cannot find any information on the Internet about what ...

    The Exhilarating Deathwish of the Proximity Flyer - Newsweek
    Aug 21, 2014 - Just a couple of months ago, three friends, including her close collaborator, French cameraman Ludovic Woerth, died after jumping from a ...

    Ludovic Woerth - BASE Jumping
    Jul 7, 2015 - Three of the world's most renowned BASE jumpers, Jokke Sommer, Espen Fadnes and Ludovic Woerth embark on an adventure around the ...

    VIDEO: Wingsuit flier glides near mountain at 100 mph - NY Daily News

    New York Daily News
    Jun 25, 2014 - The 33-year-old died in a Bern, Switzerland, hospital on April 2, four days after the disaster that claimed the lives of Frenchman Ludovic Woerth ...

  2. I'm reminded of the famous incident where someone asked [I think it was Sir Edmund Hillary] "Why would you want to climb to the peak of Mount Everest?"

    The answer: "BECAUSE IT'S THERE."

    Someone even wrote a song with that title, as i recall.

    The broader question might be "Why does anyone ever feel the urge to risk his life to do ANYTHING out of the ordinary?

    Could that be what makes us human?

  3. FT - I don't have a definitive answer to that. I spent my youth cheating death almost on a daily basis. Then think about those who join the military, then those who go a step further and become Army Rangers or Marine Recon or even just Marine or Navy SEAL.

    My best guess is these are the people who realize life is to be lived to the fullest. To most of the military, there is that extra element of realizing that some cultures are worth dying for. America at least used to be that. I'm not so sure anymore.