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2014-01-27 08:14:32 PM
Base jumper "fails"  to arrive at canyon floor"

FTFE
 
2014-01-27 08:14:40 PM
Would not the fail tag suffice, then, Failmitter?
/DRTFA.
 
2014-01-27 08:15:46 PM
It would appear to be raining men.
 
2014-01-27 08:17:14 PM
No, I think he made it to the canyon floor.
 
2014-01-27 08:18:37 PM

El_Smack: No, I think he made it to the canyon floor.


You think wrong.
 
2014-01-27 08:18:39 PM
Not the fall, it's the sudden stop.
 
2014-01-27 08:19:08 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com

/isle seat please, I'll need extra peanuts.
 
2014-01-27 08:19:08 PM

amazing_live_seamonkeys: It would appear to be raining men.


Allelujah
 
2014-01-27 08:19:14 PM
Oh, also:

/DNRTFA
 
2014-01-27 08:21:44 PM
Is there a doctor in the area?
 
2014-01-27 08:22:57 PM
Dumbass and fail tags splattered over the canyon floor?
 
2014-01-27 08:23:08 PM
Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.
 
2014-01-27 08:27:02 PM
Did a large bird snatch him up on the way down?
/Off to read the article.
//Fall tag
 
2014-01-27 08:27:35 PM

eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.


He died doing what he loved: screaming in terror as he plunged onto rocks and was smashed to death.

/obligatory
 
2014-01-27 08:28:13 PM
On the good side, he never made it to the floor which means that he was not the last one down and thus, is not a rotten egg.
 
2014-01-27 08:29:10 PM

strangeluck: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 460x276]

/isle seat please, I'll need extra peanuts.


Ginger and Mary Ann say no peanuts for you.
 
2014-01-27 08:29:41 PM
OK, I finally RTFA.

I'm guessing he was,,,
*shades*
Slathered all over.
 
2014-01-27 08:31:31 PM
He had no chance to survive.
 
2014-01-27 08:32:32 PM
Why the sad tag? He died doing something he wasn't very good... I mean love doing.
 
2014-01-27 08:33:00 PM
"But, he hit all the stops along the way........."

/aisle por favor...
 
2014-01-27 08:34:19 PM
Beep Beep!

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2014-01-27 08:34:36 PM

vudukungfu: OK, I finally RTFA.

I'm guessing he was,,,
*shades*
Slathered all over.


YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!
 
2014-01-27 08:36:00 PM
Base jumper arrives at canyon floor just fine with help of gravity.

At least he died doing what he loved - except the last few seconds part.
 
2014-01-27 08:39:39 PM
So he threw himself at the ground, and missed?
 
2014-01-27 08:40:41 PM
Someone find that clip of Homer Simpson's skateboarding mishap.
 
2014-01-27 08:41:44 PM
FTA: Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.

Wow. I'd think this would be what is known as a "no brainer".
 
2014-01-27 08:43:30 PM

eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.


He enjoyed screaming and pissing himself while falling to certain doom?

Never understood that saying. I would rather live doing what I enjoyed.
 
2014-01-27 08:43:36 PM
 
2014-01-27 08:44:36 PM
A 41-year-old respirologist from Calgary is dead following a Friday afternoon fall during a wing suit jump from the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Like this?

i1.ytimg.com

/window seat
 
2014-01-27 08:45:24 PM

Arkanaut: So he threw himself at the ground, and missed?


Oh no, he didn't miss.

I'm guessing you've never seen photos of, or been to the Grand Canyon?

You don't have to make it to the bottom of the canyon to hit something that will arrest your progress.
 
2014-01-27 08:46:23 PM

symptomoftheuniverse: FTA: Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.

Wow. I'd think this would be what is known as a "no brainer".


Or internal organer, or skeletal structurer, or....
 
2014-01-27 08:46:31 PM
"Helicopters were unable to retrieve Stather on Friday evening, due to darkness, but an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter returned to the area on Saturday morning."

They should adopt the same policy as they have for the idiots who attempt to climb Everest, you die up there you stay up there. Hopefully they charged the family for the retrieval.
 
2014-01-27 08:48:40 PM

Jument: eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.

He died doing what he loved: screaming in terror as he plunged onto rocks and was smashed to death.

/obligatory


LOL

/aisle seat please
 
2014-01-27 08:48:49 PM
In other words he slammed into the canyon wall like a bird into a window. His 'chute probably got stuck on something and prevented him from doing an encore on the canyon floor.

Course they don't actually come out and say what happened. Probably trying to be all sensitive or something and can't figure out a nice of saying dude was wall pizza.

/has no such restraint
 
2014-01-27 08:48:56 PM

phamwaa: symptomoftheuniverse: FTA: Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.

Wow. I'd think this would be what is known as a "no brainer".

Or internal organer, or skeletal structurer, or....


Thanks. I was waiting for someone to pun that up for me.
 
2014-01-27 08:49:21 PM
A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth. 

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-27 08:49:57 PM
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-01-27 08:50:59 PM
Splat!
 
2014-01-27 08:52:21 PM

Mad_Radhu:


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2014-01-27 08:52:24 PM

symptomoftheuniverse: FTA: Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.

Wow. I'd think this would be what is known as a "no brainer".


They found the brain after some additional searching,  a little here,  a little there..

/good thing the article has a helpful picture of what a grand canyon may look like.
 
2014-01-27 08:53:35 PM

ReapTheChaos: "Helicopters were unable to retrieve Stather on Friday evening, due to darkness, but an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter returned to the area on Saturday morning."

They should adopt the same policy as they have for the idiots who attempt to climb Everest, you die up there you stay up there. Hopefully they charged the family for the retrieval.


Actually, there are a lot of dead bodies on Mount Everest that are left there because it is nearly impossible to bring them back due to the conditions. The dead bodies are also used as waymarkers; one famous dead body is known as "Greenboots". Nepal isn't going to send up a sherpa team to get your ass; hell they even leave their own.
 
2014-01-27 08:54:21 PM
His death will leave a large hole in the medical community. Or the wall. Something like that.
 
2014-01-27 08:54:41 PM

eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.


i.ytimg.com.
 
2014-01-27 08:55:14 PM

Mad_Radhu:


Came for this, leaving mildly satiated.
 
2014-01-27 08:55:56 PM

Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth. 

[i.imgur.com image 850x618]


The B stands for building. A span is a bridge.
 
2014-01-27 08:56:49 PM
Sir Issac Newton is the deadliest Sumbiatch in the canyon.
 
2014-01-27 08:58:31 PM

Arkanaut: So he threw himself at the ground, and missed?


this is the question. i am just going to assume he was a wizard.
 
2014-01-27 09:00:48 PM
Too bad he was a respirologist and not a neurosurgeon or orthopod with a better understanding of what a bad idea this is.

Rock bad
Falling worse
Falling on rock farked up
 
2014-01-27 09:07:37 PM

Mark Ratner: Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth. 

[i.imgur.com image 850x618]

The B stands for building. A span is a bridge.


Married jumper: Hey, I'm going away with the guys for the weekend.
Jumper's wife: Where are you guys going?
Married Jumper: BABE jumping in Nevada.
Jumper's wife: ...
Married jumper: Wellll shiat. We really need to come up with another word for bridge.
 
2014-01-27 09:08:16 PM

Arkanaut: So he threw himself at the ground, and missed?


Why are so few farkers not getting this reference? OK, it is not Hitchhiker"s Guide, but is in the series.
 
2014-01-27 09:09:30 PM
We'll miss you, Dave.  Blue skies.

/Wingsuiter
 
2014-01-27 09:09:55 PM

Knight without armor: this


Damn,  that Paul Newman sure was a handsome sonofa.....
 
2014-01-27 09:10:27 PM
Damn. How high do you have to be to base jump and get lost on the way down?
 
2014-01-27 09:12:54 PM

OscarTamerz: Too bad he was a respirologist and not a neurosurgeon or orthopod with a better understanding of what a bad idea this is.


Today I learned "respirologist" is Canada-speak for "pulmonologist".
 
2014-01-27 09:15:19 PM
I bet he was one of those clowns trying to get as close to a knob and forgot that with the recent warmness, he would have less lift than if it was cooler.
 
2014-01-27 09:15:30 PM

the_celt: A 41-year-old respirologist from Calgary is dead following a Friday afternoon fall during a wing suit jump from the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Like this?

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

/window seat


media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-27 09:18:02 PM

Hagbardr: He had no chance to survive.


I hope he made his time.
 
2014-01-27 09:21:20 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Mark Ratner: Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.

[i.imgur.com image 850x618]

The B stands for building. A span is a bridge.

Married jumper: Hey, I'm going away with the guys for the weekend.
Jumper's wife: Where are you guys going?
Married Jumper: BABE jumping in Nevada.
Jumper's wife: ...
Married jumper: Wellll shiat. We really need to come up with another word for bridge.


img.fark.net
 
2014-01-27 09:22:22 PM

eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.


Something tells me he wasn't enjoying it by the end.
 
2014-01-27 09:23:27 PM
As someone who is jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet Wednesday, I should not have read any of this.

/First time? No, I've been nervous before.
 
2014-01-27 09:23:34 PM
"What's up, Doc?"
 
2014-01-27 09:27:48 PM

Wakosane: It's "BASE" jumping not Base. It's an acronym. Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.


Not "Being A Stupid Eedjit"?
 
2014-01-27 09:35:08 PM
60 Minutes did a segment on these wing suited base jumpers.  It looks like it would be the ultimate thrill, and I guess it is.
 
2014-01-27 09:37:38 PM
If they saw his chute that means he opened it, so either he screwed up or just as likely something outside of his control happened.
 
2014-01-27 09:37:59 PM
I'm jumping off this canyon if it's the last thing I ever do!
 
2014-01-27 09:39:26 PM

Keys dude: As someone who is jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet Wednesday, I should not have read any of this.

/First time? No, I've been nervous before.


Good luck! Don't end up on Fark the way this guy did. ;)
 
2014-01-27 09:39:58 PM

Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment: It's "BASE" jumping not Base. It's an acronym. Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.


You don't need RADAR to see the LASER-sharp commentary here.
 
2014-01-27 09:41:38 PM

MechaPyx: Good luck! Don't end up on Fark the way this guy did. ;)


It's a hope of mine that if I ever shuffle off this mortal coil in some spectacularly stupid way, that I'd end up on Fark. Even better if there was some way, before I died, to let you people know I was hoping for a green.
 
2014-01-27 09:43:53 PM
If he still hasn't arrived at the floor, then hurry and send helicopters! He's probably floating midway!
 
2014-01-27 09:48:36 PM
Helicopters were unable to retrieve Stather on Friday evening, due to darkness, but an Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter returned to the area on Saturday morning.

It's a good thing it had cleared up by then!
 
2014-01-27 09:49:40 PM
Stather, an Alberta Health Services employee, is survived by his parents in Guelph, Ontario.

 The last sentence that gravity and Darwin conspired for a win-win.
 
2014-01-27 09:51:33 PM
My mistake.

Stather, an Alberta Health Services employee, is survived by his parents in Guelph, Ontario.

The last sentence reveals that gravity and Darwin conspired for a win-win.

My mistake was less than his mistake.
 
2014-01-27 10:03:22 PM
So how long before the gopro footage is available.
 
2014-01-27 10:08:32 PM
I've seen Liveleak videos of these jumps.  The guys usually fly close to the walls, then after turning away from the wall they pull the cord.   Sometimes the wind blows them back towards the wall, or sometimes their parachute doesn't deploy as expected and they go out of control into a wall.  I guess it's also possible he clipped the wall while in his wingsuit form, then pulled the cord in desperation when it was too late.

Either way, there's probably a video from his GoPro, I assume he had one.  Who base jumps in this day and age without one? I'd like to see it for educational purposes.
 
2014-01-27 10:13:39 PM

MechaPyx: Keys dude: As someone who is jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet Wednesday, I should not have read any of this.

/First time? No, I've been nervous before.

Good luck! Don't end up on Fark the way this guy did. ;)


Active skydiver here.  You've got very little to worry about.  I'm assuming you'll do it as a tandem; you'll be in good, professional hands, and with a modern parachute harness that has two separate canopies, an automatic activation device (Google it) and a reserve static lanyard.  It will be an amazing ride.  Have fun, and don't overly worry.  BASE has an entirely different risk profile, and wingsuit BASE is even riskier.  (It's like comparing riding a tricycle in your driveway with riding a motorcycle in city traffic.)
 
2014-01-27 10:13:51 PM
Well, I'm sure that a few seconds of adrenalin is totally worth depriving his family and friends of his presence in their lives for another forty or fifty years.  Good for him.
 
2014-01-27 10:17:32 PM
~~Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.


That's some good police work there, Lou...
 
2014-01-27 10:18:31 PM
Dude died doing what he loved, and what he loved involved being out of the house, not eating Twinkies. If only everyone could be so lucky.
 
2014-01-27 10:19:51 PM
Bake him away, toys
 
2014-01-27 10:30:04 PM

Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.
[i.imgur.com image 850x618]


A moment of "you're fighting a losing battle":

radar
laser
sonar
scuba

All words that began life as acronyms and are now simply "words".
 
2014-01-27 10:32:46 PM
Skwrl: Of course tandem. I'll be fine.
 
2014-01-27 10:34:36 PM

Superjew: Well, I'm sure that a few seconds of adrenalin is totally worth depriving his family and friends of his presence in their lives for another forty or fifty years.  Good for him.


...because it would be better if we all said "There are ten million things I'd rather be doing, but I won't do them because my family and friends want me around"?

His friends were all jumpers, and his family seem to be at peace with his death. You need to stop being so judgemental.
 
2014-01-27 10:38:19 PM
 "If only everyone could be so lucky".

Sir, I do not think this word 'Lucky' means what you think it means...
 
2014-01-27 10:39:36 PM

Nutsac_Jim: I bet he was one of those clowns trying to get as close to a knob and forgot that with the recent warmness, he would have less lift than if it was cooler.


If cooler temps can help with lift, then a base jumper could jump off a tall building in Detroit and make it all the way to Canada.  With the right wind, Pennsylvania.
 
2014-01-27 10:57:37 PM
Didn't like peons. Said 'excuse me sir' when trying to walk past him and his wine socializing buddies. Told me not to call him sir in an extremely patronizing manner. That was my only interaction with him and will be the lasting one.

/peon
 
2014-01-27 11:04:14 PM

Kahabut: So how long before the gopro footage is available.


I haven't seen any from the actual jump, but here is some footage from right before he jumped.

So sad.
 
2014-01-27 11:04:58 PM

theorellior: Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment: It's "BASE" jumping not Base. It's an acronym. Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.

You don't need RADAR to see the LASER-sharp commentary here.


I think we should call Nasa and have them analyze it anyway.

/scuba
 
2014-01-27 11:21:55 PM
As Norm MacDonald once said, there's two types of cliff divers:  "Grand Champion" and "stuff on a rock".
 
2014-01-27 11:27:15 PM
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-27 11:40:43 PM

eldoobie: 60 Minutes did a segment on these wing suited base jumpers.  It looks like it would be the ultimate thrill, and I guess it is.


Believe me, there was nothing penultimate about this one.
 
2014-01-27 11:47:26 PM
what goes up, must come down...oh...never mind...
 
2014-01-27 11:54:57 PM
It's called base jumping, not base arriving, for a reason.

And he was good in the jumping part, no?
 
2014-01-28 12:04:29 AM

symptomoftheuniverse: FTA: Stather's death is believed to have been the result of fall trauma but the Coconino Country Medical Examiner has launched an investigation.

Wow. I'd think this would be what is known as a "no brainer".


If they do not investigate this sort of thing, it would be pretty easy to toss people off of cliffs and say "Hey, I think he had an accident".  Even if they had the accident a day before.

I'm pretty sure they'll find the results that you are expecting, but I can understand why they would want to check it out.
 
2014-01-28 12:45:49 AM
Flying squirrel suit
 
2014-01-28 12:46:00 AM

quansem: Didn't like peons. Said 'excuse me sir' when trying to walk past him and his wine socializing buddies. Told me not to call him sir in an extremely patronizing manner. That was my only interaction with him and will be the lasting one.

/peon


That's not a very nice thing to say about a dead guy.
 
2014-01-28 01:01:01 AM

Jument: eKonk: Sad tag is inappropriate.  The dude jumped off a cliff. He knew the risks.

Cheers to him for dying doing what he enjoyed, not all of us get that.

He died doing what he loved: screaming in terror as he plunged onto rocks and was smashed to death.

/obligatory


I want my obit to read: He died doing what he loved, screaming at his kids.
 
2014-01-28 01:24:13 AM

Gyrfalcon: Superjew: Well, I'm sure that a few seconds of adrenalin is totally worth depriving his family and friends of his presence in their lives for another forty or fifty years.  Good for him.

...because it would be better if we all said "There are ten million things I'd rather be doing, but I won't do them because my family and friends want me around"?

His friends were all jumpers, and his family seem to be at peace with his death. You need to stop being so judgemental.


You know what?  You can do 9,999,999 of those things without killing yourself for essentially nothing.

Maybe it's just me, but I love my family and friends more than a momentary rush of brain chemicals.

Others maybe not so much, I guess...
 
2014-01-28 02:30:40 AM

strangeluck: /isle seat please, I'll need extra peanuts.


Isle refrain from criticizing you're spelling.

/Doctor in a wingsuit. more money than sense
 
2014-01-28 04:33:08 AM

Kujira: Hagbardr: He had no chance to survive.

I hope he made his time.


Likewise. Perhaps he should have taken off every zig instead of his parachute.
 
2014-01-28 06:45:03 AM

Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth. 

[i.imgur.com image 850x618]


Well, he nailed the "Earth" part of it.

/window seat
 
2014-01-28 09:03:15 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Wakosane: A moment of enlightenment:  It's "BASE" jumping not Base.  It's an acronym.  Stands for Bridge Antenna Span Earth.
[i.imgur.com image 850x618]

A moment of "you're fighting a losing battle":

radar
laser
sonar
scuba

All words that began life as acronyms and are now simply "words".


You for got the quotes around "laser". Those are important.


media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-28 09:47:42 AM

Skwrl: MechaPyx: Keys dude: As someone who is jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet Wednesday, I should not have read any of this.

/First time? No, I've been nervous before.

Good luck! Don't end up on Fark the way this guy did. ;)

Active skydiver here.  You've got very little to worry about.  I'm assuming you'll do it as a tandem; you'll be in good, professional hands, and with a modern parachute harness that has two separate canopies, an automatic activation device (Google it) and a reserve static lanyard.  It will be an amazing ride.  Have fun, and don't overly worry.  BASE has an entirely different risk profile, and wingsuit BASE is even riskier.  (It's like comparing riding a tricycle in your driveway with riding a motorcycle in city traffic.)


Buddy of mine is an experienced skydiver, and thinking about doing the wingsuit thing; how bad ARE the odds in those things?
 
2014-01-28 10:11:02 AM

Superjew: Gyrfalcon: Superjew: Well, I'm sure that a few seconds of adrenalin is totally worth depriving his family and friends of his presence in their lives for another forty or fifty years.  Good for him.

...because it would be better if we all said "There are ten million things I'd rather be doing, but I won't do them because my family and friends want me around"?

His friends were all jumpers, and his family seem to be at peace with his death. You need to stop being so judgemental.

You know what?  You can do 9,999,999 of those things without killing yourself for essentially nothing.

Maybe it's just me, but I love my family and friends more than a momentary rush of brain chemicals.

Others maybe not so much, I guess...


How addicted to the rush do you have to be to do something so needlessly dangerous?  I wonder sometimes if there isn't some flaw in their brain chemistry that drives people to act in such a reckless way.  That's what Darwin is for I guess.
 
2014-01-28 11:12:00 AM

GameSprocket: Arkanaut: So he threw himself at the ground, and missed?

Why are so few farkers not getting this reference? OK, it is not Hitchhiker"s Guide, but is in the series.


I know I'm late, but this.
 
2014-01-28 12:24:45 PM

the_celt: A 41-year-old respirologist from Calgary is dead following a Friday afternoon fall during a wing suit jump from the edge of the Grand Canyon in Arizona

Like this?

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

/window seat


Guaranteed for the life of the user.
 
2014-01-28 05:34:02 PM

PunGent: Skwrl: MechaPyx: Keys dude: As someone who is jumping out of a plane from 15,000 feet Wednesday, I should not have read any of this.

/First time? No, I've been nervous before.

Good luck! Don't end up on Fark the way this guy did. ;)

Active skydiver here.  You've got very little to worry about.  I'm assuming you'll do it as a tandem; you'll be in good, professional hands, and with a modern parachute harness that has two separate canopies, an automatic activation device (Google it) and a reserve static lanyard.  It will be an amazing ride.  Have fun, and don't overly worry.  BASE has an entirely different risk profile, and wingsuit BASE is even riskier.  (It's like comparing riding a tricycle in your driveway with riding a motorcycle in city traffic.)

Buddy of mine is an experienced skydiver, and thinking about doing the wingsuit thing; how bad ARE the odds in those things?


It's not wingsuiting itself that is all dangerous; it's wingsuting combined with BASE.

For traditional skydiving, wingsuiting adds complications (e.g., restriction of movement of the hands, the possibility of striking the tail of the aircraft with a poorly executed exit, increased chance of landing off the dropzone with poor navigation, the potential for out of control spins, etc.).  However, statistically, if your friend is trained by competent instructors, the risks aren't significantly different than traditional skydiving.  Fatalities do occur, but based on statistics they are actually less common than in traditional skydiving.  (This is usually attributed to the US Parachute Association requirement that a skydiver have 200 jumps before wingsuiting, but also that wingsuiters usually have to fly large, docile canopies, and it's usually the guys with the zippy little canopies who "swoop" that get injured or killed.)

When you are talking BASE, however, it's very dangerous.  The restriction on movement, which isn't a big deal when you're deploying at 3,500 feet, can be deadly if you're pulling at 500 feet.  Similarly, navigation and the ability to read terrain well becomes critical, where it's not a factor in wingsuit skydiving).  It's a different situation altogether.
 
2014-01-28 05:35:01 PM
When I say "statistically less common", I mean marginally.  The differences aren't huge.
 
2014-01-28 08:53:28 PM

operatorJzigworthy: Kujira: Hagbardr: He had no chance to survive.

I hope he made his time.

Likewise. Perhaps he should have taken off every zig instead of his parachute.


Agreed. He would have been greatly justified to do so.

Instead, the legacy of all his BASE jumping now belongs to us all.
 
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