Daredevil narrowly avoids fatal 100-foot drop after slipping on cliff-edge during stunt
The 19-year-old man was lucky to escape because his momentum carried him forward instead of backwards
Daredevil Peter Kurer is lucky to be alive. The 19-year old, who reached worldwide attention after free-climbing the Golden Gate Bridge last year, narrowly avoided dropping 100 feet on to the rocks below after a cliff-edge stunt nearly went horribly wrong.
Poised to leap between two jagged rocky structures in Devils Lake State Park, Wisconsin, Kurer launched himself into the air from a standing position.
Kurer is no stranger to outlandish stunts, but he nearly bit off more than he could chew last month. Flying through the air, he came up short on his leap – causing his feet to slip down the edge of the opposite rock face.
With his momentum carrying him forward instead of backwards, the teenager was luckily able to use his arm to cling to a gap in the pillar and hoist himself up — narrowly avoiding the huge drop below.
Amused by the potentially fatal encounter, Kurer, from Wisconsin, said: “It seemed like a really achievable jump. I’d been jumping around all day, so I felt up to the challenge. But halfway through the jump the gap seemed to get way bigger.
“After landing on the other side I was just happy I had the awareness not to fall back.
“Looking back at it, it’s just funny to laugh at – but it could have been a lot worse. I was going to try it again after, but my shins didn’t feel up to the test, so we called it a day.
“I’ll conquer it someday in the future.”