Urban BASE jumping: World’s most dangerous sport just got more dangerous

Posted: May 7, 2014 by kirisyko in Base Jumping, SykOtic
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An escalating trend in urban BASE jumping – illegal in most cities – is worrying some who say such risky stunts are tarnishing the image of the extreme sport.

Just before midnight, a man climbs onto a ledge on the 21st floor of a building in southwest Paris and leaps off. Mere seconds later, he opens his parachute – all part of the thrill of BASE jumping.

Unlike sky divers who leap from an aircraft, BASE jumpers take off from a fixed point, usually a cliff or a bridge. A BASE jump is defined as a leap off a fixed high point – the name being an acronym for Building, Antenna, Span (such as bridges) and Earth (natural settings).

Swiss national and former world record holder Ueli Gegenshatz successfully BASE jumped from the Eiffel Tower in 2008. He would later succumb to his injuries after a failed BASE jump in his home country about one and a half years later.

But daredevils in Paris, like their counterparts in other cities, have taken the sport to high urban spots including the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse Tower and skyscrapers in the business district La Defense – even though such stunts are strictly illegal in urban settings.

”The city at night is splendid. To be perched on a building without anyone’s knowledge, while knowing that one is going to throw oneself off, and see a series of windows, that’s even better!” said David Laffargue, who has a jump off a 47-floor La Defense building to his name. ”Just watch Batman to get an idea of the visuals when one is falling,” he said.

see more:http://www.thestar.com.my/Lifestyle/Features/2014/05/07/Urban-BASE-jumping-Worlds-most-dangerous-sport-just-got-more-dangerous/

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