Daredevil BASE Jumps in a Wing Suit – See the Exhilarating, Death Defying Video Through His Eyes!

When the rush of jumping out of an airplane thousands of feet above the ground was no longer enough for a group of adventurous thrill seekers, a new off shoot sport was born: BASE jumping. The sport is a derivative of its parent sky diving. Its participants put themselves at significantly greater danger than those that jump from planes, as they jump from a fixed object a thousand feet or two above ground rather than the ten to fifteen thousand feet from a plane used by skydivers. Severe injury or death is a common fate for many but this serves as little deterrent.

BASE is an acronym which stands for the four types of objects the participants jump. Buildings are preferred to be jump when they are still under construction, as upon completion security make’s a successful trip much more difficult. Antennas are a favorite because of this since they normally have little to no security. Spans (or bridges) offer amazing scenery for jumps and also have little to get in the thrill seekers’ way. The final category of base jumping is Earth where sites such as cliffs or canyons are used.

The sport of BASE jumping was created by those looking to push things up another notch, so it is no surprise that this has continued as the sport has matured. Jumpers increasingly look to make the lowest, riskiest, and downright coolest jump. There is one drawback to the sport other than its danger however, the low heights they jump from lead to exhilarating but very short experiences. It is here that one a tool they share with traditional sky divers comes into play: the wing suit.

Wing suits are specialized suits which provide the wearer with a much larger surface area, creating a significant amount of lift. With their creation in the late 1990s, the length of time jumpers could spend in the air increased by a huge margin. The benchmark for a truly remarkable jump rose to levels never before seen. Wing suit jumpers were traveling farther distances for longer periods of time than had ever been thought possible. Their tricks became massively more incredible – and dangerous – as well. A practice which has been the cause of some of the sport’s most amazing videos, and unfortunately deaths as well, sees the daredevils aiming to come as close to objects on the ground while flying at high rates of speed. Jumpers will perform such stunts as going under bridges, between trees, or riding just feet above the ground before shooting off into the air again.

In today’s video, we’ll ride along with one of the sport’s practitioners Jeb Corliss. He has jumped from such sites as the Eiffel Tower and the Space Needle. Watch as he strafes close to the ground at death defying speeds, flies within mere feet of cliff faces, and even cuts the strings of balloons a man on the ground is holding! It is simply unreal and while surely not the same, I’m perfectly happy experiencing it through video.

Source: How Stuff Works, Wingsuit Flying Wiki

Jumping from an Earth point in a wing suit

Jumping from an Earth point in a wing suit

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Strafing the ground

Strafing the ground

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Jeb Corliss approaches

Jeb Corliss approaches

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A successful wingsuit stunt!

A successful wingsuit stunt!

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