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February 6, 2007 5:30 PM   Subscribe

BASE! How low can you go? Four and a half minutes of base jumping goodness. Google vid.
posted by vronsky (45 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
I love this video. It's one 'net video I keep coming back to over and over again.

I don't care if it's a double, or if it even is. Whatever. I love this video.
posted by loquacious at 5:35 PM on February 6, 2007


Searching "base jumping" turned up only one now defunct quicktime video. maybe it was the same one? If it is a double, so sorry.
posted by vronsky at 5:39 PM on February 6, 2007


Don't be. Hate it, suckers.
posted by loquacious at 5:40 PM on February 6, 2007


Dunno if this is a double in MeFi but I recall seeing this vid. I didn't recognize it at first but by the time they show two guys throwing a third guy off the cliff I'm like this is so familiar... Then they started jumping off buildings and I know I've seen this before. Still y'know. Good find and all.
posted by ZachsMind at 5:48 PM on February 6, 2007


I was thinking the word "splat!" during every clip. I'm so happy to see it's the title here.

And yes, this video is very, very old.
posted by knave at 6:00 PM on February 6, 2007


I found the soundtrack to be very annoying.
posted by mattoxic at 6:05 PM on February 6, 2007


I am so happy that I finally get to know what you think of the soundtrack to a 4 minute clip of people jumping off things, mattoxic. Thank you, I was wondering this whole time.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 6:11 PM on February 6, 2007 [2 favorites]


Oh and btw, great video.
posted by KingoftheWhales at 6:11 PM on February 6, 2007


This is technically a double - note it's got the same tag - but that video is defunct.

I recognize it due to the soundtrack that mattoxic finds so repugnant, which was the subject of an askme thread for those of us who, well, liked it. The video is from a pretty famous (in relevant circles) base jumping video called 1st BASE - there is a sequel as well.
posted by nanojath at 6:17 PM on February 6, 2007


I haven't seen it, so it's new to me. AWESOME.
posted by hifiparasol at 6:20 PM on February 6, 2007


8984
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 6:26 PM on February 6, 2007


damn
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 6:26 PM on February 6, 2007


Needs more Chuck D, you tease.
posted by goetter at 6:28 PM on February 6, 2007


Death row. What a brother know?
posted by vronsky at 6:34 PM on February 6, 2007


Well that's very nice.

But don't watch this one because it's very horrible.

The guy survived and returned to jumping a few months later.
posted by Arcaz Ino at 6:40 PM on February 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


While this has been posted a few times on MeFi (I even posted it myself in a "Greatest Hits" compilation AskMe question), it's still amazing stuff.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:45 PM on February 6, 2007


Sorry Heywood, I don't understand your banter.

Or did you have a stroke while watching the vid? It is rather intense.
posted by vronsky at 6:45 PM on February 6, 2007


The high earth jumps are especially appealing.

The problem with videos like this is that it's just a long collection of strung-together money shots. If you're interested in the sport, you should check out the documentary Jump, which shows not only the free fall, but also all the ascents and landings, and digs into all the considerations that play out in planning an urban jump. It has extensive interviews with three local jumpers in Toronto, and it was filmed from an outsider's perspective, someone not actually in the sport, which I think makes it a lot more insightful.

[I don't basejump, but I was up a lot of the same buildings they jump in the documentary, for my own reasons.]
posted by kowalski at 6:47 PM on February 6, 2007


Oh God, I feel limp and nausea after watching that but couldn't take my eyes off it either. I feel really pity for the mothers of those kids, cannot imagine the nerve wracking fear of the fatality statistics they must have gone through knowing their kids were flinging themselves off every gut knottingly high cliff and building and mountain, ai ai ai. But that was cool too. Thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 6:52 PM on February 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


These people are out of their frigging minds.
I love these people.
posted by Dizzy at 6:54 PM on February 6, 2007


long collection of strung-together money shots

Well, it is a trailer for the video in question... That's sort of what trailers are.
posted by nanojath at 6:56 PM on February 6, 2007


I actually like the song in the video.

I can't believe how far they can track out from the base of the cliff without a chute on some of those jumps.
posted by loquacious at 6:56 PM on February 6, 2007


I hear you nickyskye. I'm all for living fast and dying young, and I've done my fair share of stupid shit, but this? It makes my butthole pucker. There is just no way. Ever.
posted by vronsky at 7:07 PM on February 6, 2007


This is technically a double - note it's got the same tag - but that video is defunct.

How funny to see that link again... It's from my site, and at 11 megs or so, my bandwidth was instant toast, so I redirected it to a 404 on my other domain, which was then linked too!

Anyway, the base episode is what introduced me to the blue, and now I won't go away. :)
posted by hypersloth at 7:14 PM on February 6, 2007


Once again, back is the incredible
posted by boo_radley at 7:15 PM on February 6, 2007


boo---
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posted by Dizzy at 7:27 PM on February 6, 2007


Rhyme animal, number one
posted by loquacious at 7:33 PM on February 6, 2007


loq--
??
posted by Dizzy at 7:35 PM on February 6, 2007


loquacious - If for some reason you ever end up with some extra freefall time on your hands, one of the most unnatural feeling things you can do is to just track in one direction and look at the ground.

I did this on my first solo freefall - tracking in a slow circle and watching the airport spin around below. Still my most memorable jump.
posted by bh at 7:38 PM on February 6, 2007


I would love to try something this insane but I know I'll never get the chance, nice vid!
posted by Vindaloo at 8:19 PM on February 6, 2007


How hard is it to get into this?

I assume one must first go through the rigors of general skydiving training - but is this significantly more dangerous than other "extreme" sports?

I think I would like this, and it doesn't look that unsafe, compared to something like this.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 9:33 PM on February 6, 2007


Death is a part of life. The biggest part, in fact. Due to the very nature of death, it defines life. Life is the absence of death, and the things we do to avoid death, court death, cause death. One of the most powerful things we can do in life is come to terms with our own mortality. For different people this comes in different doses. Some ride motorcycles. Some jump off of tall objects. Some have boatloads of kids. Our choices in this matter define us, make us who we are.

To hurl one's form from a height with nothing but a faith in probability and in the technology strapped to one's back is to embrace this mortality. It is to surrender the ego and the illusion of free will in the larger sense, both symbolically and literally illustrating that any one small choice of ours (to jump) can set off a course of events outside of our control; a course of events that could lead to death. It is by understanding this helplessness and defining the limit through one's own actions and conscious choices that we live. Anything less is just existence, no different from cattle in a field or bacteria in a petri dish. Not everyone is content to stay at home, waiting for an anonymous death to come. Some wish to probe the boundaries of life, to know death when it comes and to be ready for it; emotionally, mentally, spiritually. You may not need to jump from a plane to accomplish this process for yourself, but who are you to dictate the path others take to understanding mortality and embracing (rejoicing in?) the temporality of life?
posted by Eideteker at 10:03 PM on February 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I write like that when I'm stoned too Eideteker. You'll feel better tomorrow brah. Get some sleep.
posted by vronsky at 10:30 PM on February 6, 2007


I'm not stoned. I just haven't ridden my motorcycle much in the past month.
posted by Eideteker at 10:39 PM on February 6, 2007


On review, I see that you are the FPPer. Which makes me wonder why you're mocking me when I'm praising your post.

Then I remember it's MetaFilter. Right.
posted by Eideteker at 10:41 PM on February 6, 2007


I wasn't mocking you, just confused by your comments.

Mea culpa. Maybe I'm the one who needs some sleep.
posted by vronsky at 12:00 AM on February 7, 2007


Instead of jumping off a rock, I flung aside a $$ career to be an artist. In the footer of some of my web pages reads the phrase, "Get out of your comfort zone and live!" Mortality should be an inspiration. DO SOMETHING.
posted by seanmpuckett at 4:27 AM on February 7, 2007


In the fatalities pages there are 107 BASE related, and, among the non-BASE, 10 suicides.

If my legs weren't asleep from working 18 hours straight in front of a computer, I would jump to a conclusion.
posted by Dataphage at 4:51 AM on February 7, 2007


Ok, vronsky. I was just addressing the "I don't believe people do this" crowd. And it wasn't meant to be preachy when I started it.
posted by Eideteker at 9:42 AM on February 7, 2007


Some of those rock formations are incredible.

And the jumpers... eek.
posted by Luddite at 10:06 AM on February 7, 2007


Remind me about base jumping if I ever get a terminal illness
posted by tehloki at 10:26 AM on February 7, 2007


Eideteker, I think maybe vronsky picked up on the same thing I did with your comment: it sounds a bit less like a response to this thread than a signature justification for skydiving that you might pull out reflexively upon attack. But no one had really gone on the offensive here.

Not that there's anything wrong with having a philosophy about it. As I skydiver, I hear a lot of that. I usually use some variation of "All men die. Only some live."

But BASE, now, that's some craaaaazy shit...! ;-)
posted by Tubes at 12:31 PM on February 7, 2007


Basejumpers: If you are still alive, you're playing it too safe. C'mon - LIVE a little!
posted by spock at 3:04 PM on February 7, 2007


I found the quote in the video "how low can you go" to be a little hamfisted. Sure, it's a lot more fun if you maximize your chance of accidental death. That'll sure give the sport some credibility.
posted by tehloki at 5:22 PM on February 7, 2007


But don't watch this one because it's very horrible. The guy survived and returned to jumping a few months later.

It also appeared to me (tho I only watched 3/4s) that the asshole also jumped alone. He whips out a cell and dials for help.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:08 PM on February 7, 2007


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