Original Article Credit: For Red Bull
Their line, or route, would take them down and around the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel — the tallest building west of Chicago, and where the three flyers got a full night’s sleep before the big day. Even after running through the plan “a 100 times” the night before, conditions when they woke up were less than ideal, and it seemed as though there was little chance of being able to take flight.
By midday, the energy was getting low. The weather was poor, and all signs pointed to having to cancel the rehearsal jump. The team still drove 45 minutes to the helicopter, going through the motions knowing it was unlikely they’d jump. After consulting a few key players, they decided to cancel the practice run but still take the helicopter up to scout their line.