Why are so many BASE jumpers dying? The answer [warning, graphic description] is more complicated than "because they are jumping off cliffs". [more inside]
On Saturday evening, May 16, BASE jumpers Dean Potter and Graham Hunt died after attempting a wingsuit flight from Taft Point, a 7,500-foot promontory that overlooks Yosemite Valley and El Capitan. [more inside]
The Frenchies in question are Tancrède Melet and Julien Millot. They are the subjects of the award-winning 2011 film, "I Believe I Can Fly"; here's a 13-min segment of that film, showing the two men atop some Norwegian cliffs "highlining" (climbing + slacklining + tightrope walking), BASE jumping and parachuting, all with tremendous panache. The full film is available for rental ($3) or purchase ($7). [more inside]
Split of a Second is an eight and a half minute youtube video about wingsuit flying and a practitioner of the art.
People; ask not what F14's can do for you, but rather, what F14People can do for SLYoutubewhatwoahwowJetFighters are People?
Underwater Basejumping. That is all.
First-person base jumping in Switzerland. Stick with it, as the horizontal movement across the rock face using the gliding bodysuit will blow your mind.
Enjoy a wide selection of free extreme sports shorts [flash] in the "Sweetspots" section of the Nike ACG website. Includes further ridiculousness shot in the same location as this previous post
At the beginning of windsuit base jumping, we were trying to get as far from the wall as possible...and now its getting boring so we play around. (money shot at 3:10)
"He had learned this extreme form of tightrope walking from a homeless man who wrote books on quantum physics." Iconoclastic rockclimber Dean Potter combines highlining, a form of tightrope walking, with BASE-jumping. This jaw-dropping video of Potter "baselining" 900' above a canyon in Utah provides a taste of what to expect from The Aerialist, a recent documentary profiling this
insane lunatic innovative athlete. [more inside]
Human flight. Birdman suits enable the wearer to fly. You can jump from land or sky. If that's not exciting enough for you, add a rocket.
BASE! How low can you go? Four and a half minutes of base jumping goodness. Google vid.
How many died needlessly? If those who jumped from the WTC had parachutes, they probably would live to tell of it.