ASHLEY Stipetich Kerber is an airline catering manager from Zurich. “Hands shaking, I opened the letter. ‘I’m sorry this has had to happen. I love you more than anything. Never give up on our dream.’ It was from my husband Patrick, and I desperately wanted to hug him and say I forgave him. But I couldn’t. He’d died just days before, on March 13, 2016, aged 34. We met on New Year’s Eve 2011, in a bar in Dubai, where I was working as airline crew. He told me he was a BASE jumper – someone who leaps from mountains in a suit made of lightweight fabric that creates ‘wings’ when you spread your legs and arms, meaning you can reach speeds of up to 200mph; there’s also a parachute to slow you down for a safe landing. A graphic designer by day, Patrick said he was going to a mountain in Thailand. I remember feeling baffled as to why anyone would want to do it, but he explained he loved the freedom and the solitude it gave him. But it’s risky – the fatality rate is around one in every 60 participants.Now, as I read his letter, I was grimly reminded… Read full this story
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