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(CTV News)   Base jumper "fails to arrive at canyon floor"   (calgary.ctvnews.ca ) divider line
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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.
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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.


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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?

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/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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