Most tourists soak up the ancient beauty of Petra on foot, navigating the dusty pathways traversed by thousands of travellers over the years – including Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – at a relaxed pace.
But one daredevil base jumper decided to view the Unesco World Heritage Site in Jordan from a different perspective and swoop down from the towering cliffs above.
Heart-pounding video footage shows the moment Miles Daisher, 48, from Georgia, flung himself off an outcrop in front of the famed 131-foot-high Treasury building.
Sweaty palms? Miles Daisher, 48, from Georgia, decided to mark his 4,300th base jump by pushing himself to the limit in the heart of the Jordan desert
Taking the plunge: Heart-pounding video footage shows the daredevil flinging himself off an outcrop in front of the famed 131-foot-high Treasury building
Before performing the potentially-fatal stunt, he is seen taking a deep breath and pausing for a moment. He then launches himself forward.
A helper holds a guide rope behind Daisher until he disappears from view.
The adrenaline junkie is filmed hurtling at high speed between a red rock chasm, which is just 100 feet wide.
Daisher’s parachute opens after a few heart-stopping seconds, causing his speed to gradually slow.
Gone in a flash: A helper holds a guide rope behind Daisher until he disappears from view
Daisher is pictured here floating down in front of the world-famous landmark
Soft landing: Daisher touches down having completed a feat that he says was one of his most dangerous to date
At one point he is forced backwards and he gets dangerously close to the red rock walls.
But his stunt rounds out without a hitch and he gracefully hovers down to the ground. He touches down perfectly in front of the Treasury’s world-famous doorway – all in under 15 seconds. Immediately on landing he lets out a scream of relief.
Daisher said he wanted to mark his 4,300th base jump by pushing himself to the limit. He journeyed to the Jordan desert and hiked up a mountain for two hours before the jump.
He later said of the nerve-racking feat: ‘This was the lowest base jump I’ve done over land and one of the most challenging to date.
‘It took all of the jumps that I have done since the beginning to prepare me for this one.’
Along with base jumping, Daisher is an avid skydiver and he has performed 7,200 plane jumps over the years.
Adrenaline rush: The descent took a mere 15 seconds. Immediately on landing he lets out a scream of relief