Monday, January 30, 2006 | By: Dusty Taylor

BASE jumping..what a friggin rush.

I love the idea of BASE jumping. You need at least 200 airplane parachute jumps to even attempt a BASE jump. Base is the acronym for the elements jumped "from":
Buildings(you name a tall one, someones jumped from it believe me)
Antennas (as in tall metal structures that arent really made anymore)
Span (as in a bridge span)
Earth (as in Terra Firma, tall mountains, canyons,deep wells or mining pits, etc)

You don't execute your parachute until seconds before you smack the earth...seriously. Some folks have been known to wait a tad too long..you can figure the results I am sure. These parachutes are nothing like the ones used traditionally when you jump from a perfectly good airplane, they allow you to manuver exceptionally well. This is important in alot of BASE jumps since they are landing in small spaces like a busy parking lot, narrow canyons, etc.

There is a very cool video on IFILM about the basics of BASE jumping..shows alot of jump footage. Its only 6 minutes long, go check it out here.

I would do it..in a heartbeat. Would you dear reader?

7 people gave us their .02 cents:

Bruce said...

You're kidding, right? I get nervous just going up the steps.

dusty said...

B..did you watch the video?

Bruce said...

I tried, but it gave me the willies.

IT-Chick said...

We do not have earth that high in Indiana.

John B. said...

Nope...never.

Terra firma for me...that is why I like Indiana also...it is hard t hurt yourself if you fall from our highest point in the state...the top of a ditch.

dusty said...

LMAO John B...I figured it was flat..but I had no idea :P

Jerry said...

Dusty....go to my blog and in the link of "100 things I want to do before I die" there is a link for a video clip of a base jump its awesome.