Video: BASE jumping disaster

Here's some beautiful footage of a BASE jump gone terribly wrong in Moab, Utah. I'll be honest: I didn't make it all the way through this video because I was getting a little woozy. Show this to all your friends who are considering taking up BASE jumping.

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  1. I've got enough phobias. I'll skip watching this (did so when I saw it on my Facebook feed too).

  2. As others have pointed out regarding BASE jumping, rock climbing, where the focus always remains on not falling off seems like the more sensible sport.

  3. Holy hell.
    From the website (if you click the comments link, but not the video link)
    Compression Fracture of the T12 Vertebra, 5 stitches to the eye, 6 stitches to the chin, severely sprained Back, wrist and hand. multiple bruised areas.

    So not dead, which is a pretty decent outcome.

  4. Updraft, tangled lines, ... I can't tell exactly where the failure was.

    Even when not opened fully the chute will still provide some drag, so it's not quite as bad as going off the cliff without it.

    Re the comparison with climbing... When climbing, the rope is there almost purely as safety equipment. "Almost" because there's a specific call -- "tension" -- for indicating that you'd appreciate it if the rope was pulled up as hard as possible to help stabilize you while you do something you're not sure you can pull off. With that one exception -- and of course if you do fall -- the rope is, if anything, a reassuring nuisance; climbing you (and what you can carry) versus gravity and the rock.

    Many years ago, I was climbing in the Gunks when I noticed that there was an ultralight flying by at about the same altitude. I looked at him, he looked at me, and I'm sure we were both thinking "he's got to be crazy."

  5. Not dead is a pretty decent outcome...but then I think, for a hobby? There are some pretty fun boardgames out there.

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