Places to Fall High and Stay Alive

“Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

The concepts of falling from high places and staying alive together form a fascinating combination. Danger and the sensation of flying cause adrenaline spikes that  are unimaginable and can be described by only those who have the experience. Here are some stories and places where to get that experience.

The biggest jump of history was done by Felix Baumgartner who jumped from a balloon 128,000 above ground. The highest ever free fall took him 10 minutes to descend. and only the last few thousand  feet were negotiated by parachute. Baumgartner also became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound.

Baumgartner has also base jumped into 673-foot Mamet Cave in Croatia’s Velebit National Park. He successfully free fell and parachuted into the dark interior for a safe landing on the rugged cave floor. The jump, lasting only seconds, required perfect timing to survive. (source)

The world’s highest bungee jump can be done in China’s Macau. A jump from the 764 feet tall A.J. Hacket Tower takes you four to five seconds to land. During that time jumpers need to tolerate the speed of  124 mph. The great thing is that one can do it at night admire beautiful scenery and lights coming from the city’s casinos.

For beginners one good place for trying small-scale freefalls  could be the world’s tallest shipping container building in Zurich. The Swiss bag company Freitag has store made out of 17 shipping containers that elevate the building to 85 feet.

Shipping containers are modular and theoretically can be piled as high as possible. Piling is enabled by their strong foundations in all of the corners. Theoretically speaking there is not any limit of how tall container buildings can be. The only thing stopping seems to be the limitation related to forklifts and cranes.

Shanghai Metal Corporation offers high-quality forklifts and a large variety of shipping containers. Our containers can be used in shipping goods or in construction projects. For more information please visit our website. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Read also our article about forklift racing.

Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles: Belle News, National Geographic, Great Minds Learn, Inhabitat, Pinterest, Leo Thomas Naegele, Bewallpaper.com

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Introducing a New Genre in Motorsports!

If you are a friend of motor sports, such as F1, WRC, Moto GP, speed racing or NASCAR,  you might also want to experience something new. In Canada they have  developed a special category for motor sports – the forklift rally.

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A contender racing through a course.

The Forklift Rally is a competition for people who work in constructions, logistics and material handling and whose daily job includes operating with a forklift. The competition aims to measure people’s speed and efficiency in operating a forklift. The first Forklift Rally competition took place in 1997 and has been since then arranged by the Canadian Materials and Distribution Society (CMDS).

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Forklifts can be used for other sports besides racing. Here is for example a demonstration of forklift basketball.

The rally consists of two phases. The first phase is a written knowledge test that measures knowledge about the industry standards.  In the second phase, the contenders navigate through a course in which they need to avoid colliding with cones as well handle their loads safely. The contenders will be evaluated by judges according to the quality of the contenders work and lap times.

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Forklift soccer.

This year’s BC Forklift Rally will take place on Saturday September the 13th in British Columbia. The organizers offer the best contenders 4000 Canadian dollars prize money in total. At the venue you can also enjoy forklift soccer, basketball and bowling.

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Forklift bowling.

If you want to participate and looking for some wheels, we have them in Shanghai Metal Corporation. We offer premium forklifts that will take you to the podium. Our forklifts are also excellent for handling daily routines of loading objects safely. To know more about our forklifts, please visit our site. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. You may also download our new mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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More information about the Forklift Rally can be found in the official website. See also more pictures about the event on the organizer’s Flickr site.