BASEjumping

BASE jumping at its best

We have shown many videos on BASEjumping and wingsuit flying, but this one (BASE885) really takes the biscuit. The photography by Edgar Kraus is magnificent:

The footage was shot on Super 16mm film.

There is a fine line between these two extreme sports – BASEjumping and wingsuit flying and the one frequently leads into the other. Remember that BASE is an  acronym that stands for the four categories of objects from which one can jump; building, antenna, span, and earth.

When BASEjumping progressed to wingsuit flying, the aim was to jump as far off the cliff as possible and keep as far away from the rocks as possible. But the guys who do this sport are no ordinary sportsmen – they seek the thrill of danger, and it was not long before they were virtually trailing their fingers along mountain edges.

They are under no illusions though. The official site www.basejumper.com warns that

“BASE jumping is a highly dangerous sport that can easily injure and kill participants. Think long and hard before making a BASE jump. We do not recommend BASE jumping to anybody. You, and you alone, are responsible for your safety.

Always seek proper training and mentoring before attempting any sort of BASE jumping. Wherever you jump; take only pictures, leave only footprints.”

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