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Base Jumping, the sport of the Few, The Foolhardy, and the Thrill Seeking. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee.

 

Base Jumping

            BASE Jumping or Building Antenna Span and Earth Jumping is one of the most extreme of the extreme sports. It involves jumping from essentially anything other than a plane so a tall building, a cliff, a bridge, even a radio tower and deploying a parachute. The difficulty is in staying away from the surface you jumped from (could be the cliff face) and timing the release of the chute. The fatality rate is one of the highest among extreme sports and so only the most daring brave souls take on this adrenaline-fueled sport.
           
Some infamous jumping sites include:

New River Gorge Bridge - West Virginia

Angel Falls - Venezuela

El Capitan - Yosemite national park (also a fantastic mountain for rock climbers)

Below are some of the terms associated with BASE Jumping

Break off - Act of a group of jumpers separating from a free-fall or canopy group.

Flat Flying - Free-fall orientation primarily belly to earth.



Dock - To make physical controlled contact with another skydiver while in free-fall; or, when building canopy formations, with another jumper’s canopy.

 

 

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