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Base Jump from the Fumaça: The making of

Base Jump from the Fumaça: The making of

"The making of" Fumaça Base Jump

The making of
Base jump Fumaça waterfall >> 03/02/2016 >> 9:12
Fumaaaaaçaaaaaa ! ! 
Diamantina Mountains is proud to realize the extreme dream of Ashley , a professional Base jumper from Australia.
Thanks to an important briefing about security everything went well.
Special thanks to Emerson, an experienced guide we managed to get Ashley safe to the town of Lençóis
and Guira, guide from Capão for making the video on the top.  A few days later Guira guided Ashley to the Cachoeirão waterfall for his next jump.
How it started 
It all began on the 13th of January with an email of Ashley.  He wanted a guide from the bottom of the Fumaça waterfall.  I replied” Ok, we can arrange that.  But how are you going to the bottom of the Fumaça waterfall ?” Then Ashley replied that he was planning a base jump off the Fumaça waterfall.   He convinced me of his skills by showing a video of his base jumps from other waterfalls.
Preparations
fumaça falls
2016 February 1 
Together we did the easy hike to the top of the waterfall.  He was sure that if the wind would be normal, the jump was going to be easy.  We discussed important security signals and planned Ashley’s jump for February 3.
2016 February 2
Emerson and me, we hiked down for 4 hours to the camping spot in the middle of the canyon.  We went asleep at 21:30 because we had to wake up VERY early.DSCF3437low
 The day of the jump 
2016 February 3
04:00
Before dawn at 04:00am, we woke up because we had to be at 06:00 am at the bottom of the falls.  We had to walk in the dark on a very difficult trail full of big, green rocks.  We turned on our radio at 05:30 and had quick contact with Ashley who was up there with Guirá in the freezing winds.  We confirmed that the winds were normal at the bottom.
We stumbled and fell a few times and hurt ourselves a bit before arriving on the bottom of the waterfall.
06:00 We lost radio contact due to technical problems of Ashley’s radios.  But we started plan B, a huge yellow badge on an enormous rock. We managed to inform Ashley the situation of the calm wind  thanks to this signal.  The wind was very calm, so Ashley could do the jump.  Only one problem, the top of the falls was completely in the clouds.
07:00 The top was still in the clouds… another cup of coffee…
08:00 The top was still in the clouds but the clouds were much less.  We shouted and they shouted back, but we did not really understand….another cup of tea.
09:00  The clouds were really disappearing so we prepared us for a jump to come…
09:11 Suddenly there was a freaky noise like a plane falling from the sky, but of course it was Ashley who just did his jump.  I grabbed my camera and managed to make a video of the landing of Ash.
Oh man, we were all so happy that everything went well !!  It was an ecstatic moment.
10:00 Drying the parachute took a lot of time.  In the mean time we had coffee, made some crazy pictures and enjoyed the incredible canyon.

12:00 We started hiking downstream to the Capivara camp.

In the afternoon, we took a great swim in the Capivara waterfall and enjoyed a campfire at night.
Days after the jump
2016 February 4
The next day we passed by the Palmital waterfall and the Ribeirão do Meio rockslide and got safe to Lençóis.
palmital falls
A few days after his jump Ashley tried to jump the Pai Inacio hill, but it was too windy.  Luckily he got to the Cachoeirão waterfall with Guira and did another incredible jump.
A month later he would do his ultimate dream jump : a base jump off the Angels falls.
Check this video for all his jumps in Brazil.
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The Diamantina mountains team
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Hiking Shoes or hiking Boots?

Hiking Shoes or hiking Boots?

First, you’ll want to settle on a category: hiking shoe or hiking boot?

For the Chapada Diamantina you have 2 options:
-hiking shoes for day hikes and tours : hiking shoes
-hiking boots or shoes for multiple day hikes with light backpack (Pati valley)
-hiking boots for multiple day hikes with tent with heavy backpack ( treks by tent )

All shoes should be well ventilated and have a decent sole.  Depending on weather conditions you could choose between a hiking boot and a shoe.  When it rains or the Pati valley is still full of water, you should go for a hiking boot.

Hiking Shoes

Compared to boots, these shoes are lighter and more flexible, and they offer less support. You would want to consider a hiking shoe if you are:

  • Not carrying a lot of weight
  • A seasoned hiker carrying some weight and/or going farther on rugged trails. Ideally, you’ve already built up considerable strength in your feet, ankles, calves, and legs so you’re not relying on your shoe to provide a lot of support

Within this category, you’ll find shoes that are generally composed of textile with leather, suede, or synthetic reinforcements that provide a support structure and add abrasion-resistance. The former tend to be lighter and more flexible, which allows you to move quickly, but you’ll be sacrificing some support and protection.

Aside from intended use, another important question to ask is what kind of weather you will be using the shoes in. If your use will be mostly in the summer, or primarily in dry, warm weather, a well-ventilated, lightweight shoe with a lot of mesh in the upper will allow your foot to breathe best.

On the other hand, if you anticipate using your shoes in damp or cold weather, waterproof hiking shoes might be your best option.

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are, broadly speaking, more supportive and protective than hiking shoes. Sometimes they are simply higher-cut versions of hiking shoes, and sometimes they feature slightly stiffer construction, both of which will offer more support. The tradeoff, of course, is that they’re going to be heavier than shoes. You might want to consider boots if you are:

  • Pati valley : best pick when it is raining and trails get muddy
  • Heading out on longer hikes over rougher terrain
  • Carrying a moderately heavy load
  • A beginner or occasional hiker who needs more support to help out less-developed muscles, or who is prone to rolled ankles or tweaked knees

Like hiking shoes, you’ll find most hiking boots are generally composed of textile with leather, suede, or synthetic reinforcements, although overall, the proportion of textile to other materials is lower to provide more support and protection. All-leather options are available as well, and you’ll find that toe bumpers and full or partial rands (strips of rubber or highly abrasion-resistant material around where the upper meets the sole) are more common. You’re also more likely to find better underfoot protection, usually in the form of lightweight plates under the forefoot that prevent bruising.

You’ve Picked Out A Shoe— But How’s The Fit?

Because you’re going to be spending so much time in a hiking shoe or boot, fit is paramount. When you get your shoe or boot, be sure to put it through its paces before you head outdoors on a hike. Try to do this towards the end of the day or after some activity, since your feet tend to swell over the course of a day, just as they do during a hike. Here are some things to look for:

  • When you put it on (don’t forget to slip in your custom or specialized insole if you have one), you should feel plenty of space in the toe box. You should not feel squished on the sides of your forefoot, but shouldn’t feel like you’re swimming around in it, either.
  • A good way to test the length of the shoe is to stand upright in unlaced shoes, and then slide your foot forward until it does touch the front. You should be able to comfortably slip your index finger in between your heel and the heel of the shoe.
  • Once you have your shoe laced, the feel should be snug enough that, as you roll up onto your toe, you don’t feel your foot sliding forward to touch the front of the boot; however, it shouldn’t be so snug that it cuts off your circulation or causes hot spots.
  • You should also not feel any heel lift or slip as you walk around. A loose fit here not only increases the risk of painful blisters, but could lead to injury on rough terrain if your boot goes one way and your foot the other.

– See more at: http://www.backcountry.com/explore/how-to-choose-the-right-hiking-shoes-backpacking-boots#sthash.YkkLgxlB.dpuf

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Climate

You can swim all year round in the many pools and waterfalls.

The sun is very strong in summer and winter.   Heavy rains occur in the summer season but these rains don’t usually last for more than three days with plenty of sunny spells.  In the tropical winter the waterfalls can sometimes be less spectacular because of drought.

There are some seasonal differences :

The mountains are often called an oasis in the desert.  Rainfall in the area averages about 1200mm ( 47 inches ) per year, but can vary between drought levels of 350 mm ( 14 inches ) per year, to tropical forest levels of 2200mm ( 87 inches ).  The summer rains are the heaviest in November, December and January with a secondary peak in March and April.  The dry season usually lasts about 2 or 3 months in August, September  and October.

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Diamond history of Lençóis

The history of Lençóis

The first inhabitants of these mountains were the indigenous Brazilians. There were no permanent European settlements in this region until the early 1700’s.  The Portuguese crown was aware of gold in the northern area of Chapada Diamantina.  By 1720 the government “legalized” gold mining, and this era lasted almost 200 years.garimpo lencois

By 1732 the Portuguese knew there were diamonds to be found, but mining for them was prohibited as they were afraid of Spanish intervention.  In 1844 a rich gravel of diamonds was discovered near the town of Mucugê.  The diamonds attracted a lot of adventurers, cowboys and criminals.  Lençóis, Mucugê and Andaraí were the most important booming diamond cities.  A french consulate was even built in Lençóis.  But by the late 1800’s the diamond boom had lost most of its steam.   As a result most of these towns fell into decay.

 

 

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