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post #1 of 186
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Saw this article in the Jackson Hole Daily Today: WOW

Skier hucks world record
By Angus M. Thuermer Jr.
Jackson Hole Daily


Salt Lake City skier Jamie Pierre claimed a world-record cliff jump at Grand Targhee Resort on Wednesday, flying 245 vertical feet off the back of Freds Mountain.

Pierre, 32, said in a telephone interview from his home in Salt Lake City on Friday that he made his record-breaking jump as a vehicle to spread the Christian word. A veteran cliff jumper who had dropped 180 feet previously, Pierre said his feat was calculated and his landing spot probed for perfect snow.

“It wasn’t just some yahoo stunt,” Pierre said. “I chose to do it so it would open up doors so I could witness my faith in Christianity.”

Pierre said he had looked at the cliff for at least seven years before determining his ability and the conditions were right for the jump. He said observers with Teton Gravity Research, a filmmaking company that specializes in radical ski feats, measured the distance from the cornice takeoff to the landing hole with a range finder used for parachute BASE jumping to confirm the world record.

Such jumps are not without peril and a spokeswoman at Grand Targhee was quick to issue a warning against attempting to duplicate or mimic Pierre’s huck.

“This is nothing that an average recreational skier or snowboarder should consider doing,” Susie Barnett-Bushong said Friday. Even for elite and prepared skiers “we would never recommend anybody try this,” she said.

Attempting smaller jumps than Pierre’s has killed one skier in Jackson Hole. In January, 2005 valley skier Brent “Newt” Newton, 39, died after jumping a 50-foot cliff at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Pierre himself said his jump was dangerous.

“I’m lucky I’m still alive,” he said. “I’m lucky I didn’t get hurt.”

The father of a two-month-old daughter, Pierre said he took grief from his relatives.

“My wife was not impressed,” he said. His parents also took him to task, Pierre said.

A Minnetonka, Minn., native who moved first to Crested Butte, Colo., and then Salt Lake City to ski, Pierre said practice, preparation and patience were key.

“I waited and waited and waited,” he said of the time spent anticipating the perfect snow conditions. Asked if he ever had second doubts, he responded quickly “absolutely not.”

Five photographers and three cinema shooters recorded the event, said Josh Nielsen of Teton Gravity Research.

“It was a really, really heavy and intense experience for all of us,” he said. The event was managed by Pierre, he said; “We were kind of along for the ride.”

Observers were solemn and quiet before and during the jump, he said, and Pierre said a prayer before taking off. He clocked four full seconds of air time, Nielsen said. Some 100 feet into the jump he said Pierre could not keep his skis under him and went upside down. He landed head first and blew a hole six feet deep in the snow.

Photographer Adam Clark rushed in and dug him free, Nielsen said. “Jamie pretty much walked away with a cut lip,” he said.

Pierre said he doesn’t make enough money as a skier to sustain himself. He works with his father as a custom furniture maker and also on lawn irrigation systems.

He said his landing was in the perfect spot; “I hit the nail on the head,” he said.

“The fact I came out unscathed and landed where I planned - faith played a role in it,” he said.
post #2 of 186
I deny making the jump!
post #3 of 186

Holy S**t

If I jumped off a 245' cliff, I'd pray too.
post #4 of 186
Well, if he didn't nail the landing and ski out, is it a legitimate huck, or just some ijit that tests God's patience by hurling himself of a cliff? IMO a definate future Darwin Award candidate.
post #5 of 186
In the comics today I believe it was Non Sequitor they show a grave site with a coffin with 2 skis sticking out of it, one broken. The tombstone read "live fast, die stupid". A wife and baby, and a family owned business? Guess they don't matter to much. But what do I know. I'm just here for the buffet.
post #6 of 186
I can sum it up in one word ,idiot.
post #7 of 186
See the below link for the picture. And people say Grand Targhee isn't that steep:

http://tetongravity.com/forums/attac...d=113848890 2
post #8 of 186
jumping off a massive cliff to spend the word of jesus?

hmm.... at least its not jumping off a massive cliff to go join jesus.
post #9 of 186
OK, not that I know anything about jumping off cliffs, nor do I want to stir the pot, but. He jumped off a cliff, and landed on his head. He didn't ski away, he just made a nice big hole in the ground. I hate to say it, but any idiot could do that. All you need is some huge brass ones. I don't get it. I'm far more impressed with the skiers that do big airs with tricks on natural terrain, land, and ski away. Guys like Micah Black get my
post #10 of 186
So, I'm supposed to be encouraged to become a Christian because of this?:
post #11 of 186
Didn't land it and ski away? World Record idiot is about all.

Typical TGR lunacy. I saw one recent episode of Jackass..ummm, I mean Untracked where they spent a good portion of the show triggering really foolish slides, talking about how scared they all were and oh yeah, kids, don't try this at home...we're *professional* idiots.

Why do I watch it? I dunno...it's cool seeing rusty Russian ski lifts and Swiss ski huts...but I dunno...I watch demolition derby sometimes too. I don't aspire to drive like that either.
post #12 of 186
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Originally Posted by Posaune
So, I'm supposed to be encouraged to become a Christian because of this?:
No No, wrong forum, keep it in the lounge.
post #13 of 186
"Never ski faster than your Guardian Angel can fly."
post #14 of 186
Didn't Jesus tell Satan that he wouldn't jump off a cliff, because you shouldn't test your god? Besides, he didn't stick the landing, so it shouldn't count.
post #15 of 186
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Originally Posted by Taxman
Well, if he didn't nail the landing and ski out, is it a legitimate huck, or just some ijit that tests God's patience by hurling himself of a cliff? IMO a definate future Darwin Award candidate.
he's either a spokesmodel for the power of faith, or a Darwin Award candidate.

in some circles, the two are considered equivalent.

I'm amazed, but I don't understand the desire to do something like that. I'm sure his wife was a bit more than "not impressed".
post #16 of 186
Some questions that come to mind...

If he had stuck the landing and skied away clean and unharmed, would he still be an idiot?

Is he an idiot because he tried a 245' jump in the first place, or is he an idiot because he got off track on the way down and landed P-tex-side-up?

Another line of questions; if he had landed on his head and died, would we be calling him an idiot? Or would our respect for the recently-departed and our sympathy for his family have us saying some insipid thing like "at least he died in the mountains doing something he loved".

And a final question: TGR was filming this whole thing. They now have what is undoubtedly very valuable footage strictly because it's a NEW WORLD RECORD. If some guy comes along a month from now and dies trying a 260-footer, do they bear any responsibility?
post #17 of 186
the video question raises some very prickly ethical issues, eh?
post #18 of 186
Jesus was with him when he dropped the acid.
post #19 of 186
Everybody is good for one gigantic huck. Some people are good for more than one.
post #20 of 186

What we all want to know.

Did the bindings pre-release? :

In truth thinking about the future brings up some interesting ideas.

post #21 of 186
Interesting questions Bob, IMO an idiot either way, but in the scheme of what he was attempting, i.e. a world record huck, landing on his head and not skiing out means IMO he failed.

And if he didn't survive, it doesn't change the idiocy quotient, just elevates the Darwin Award status from pending to bingo.
post #22 of 186
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Some questions that come to mind...

If he had stuck the landing and skied away clean and unharmed, would he still be an idiot?

Is he an idiot because he tried a 245' jump in the first place, or is he an idiot because he got off track on the way down and landed P-tex-side-up?

Another line of questions; if he had landed on his head and died, would we be calling him an idiot? Or would our respect for the recently-departed and our sympathy for his family have us saying some insipid thing like "at least he died in the mountains doing something he loved".

And a final question: TGR was filming this whole thing. They now have what is undoubtedly very valuable footage strictly because it's a NEW WORLD RECORD. If some guy comes along a month from now and dies trying a 260-footer, do they bear any responsibility?

OK, I've been sitting at work for 6 hours bored out of my mind, so I'll put another 2 cents in here.
If he was single with no responsibilities then as far as I'm concerned he could do what he wants. Wife, kids, a business that depends on him, come on. I pass up many things as too risky because if I get hurt or killed my wife would be paying the penalty as well. Doesn't matter if he landed and skied away, he jumped off a huge cliff. To me that's not skiing, it's in another category, whatever that is. If he had died, still an idiot. But again, he did it, it's done, TGR has cool footage to amaze people with. And no, they hold no responsibility if anyone else wants to do this. Hopefully he got it out of his system as he really is a great skier.
post #23 of 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Some questions that come to mind...

If he had stuck the landing and skied away clean and unharmed, would he still be an idiot?

Is he an idiot because he tried a 245' jump in the first place, or is he an idiot because he got off track on the way down and landed P-tex-side-up?

Another line of questions; if he had landed on his head and died, would we be calling him an idiot? Or would our respect for the recently-departed and our sympathy for his family have us saying some insipid thing like "at least he died in the mountains doing something he loved".
Yes,

Yes, Yes,


And Yes with condolences.
post #24 of 186
An act of skiing?

>>> "...He landed head first and blew a hole six feet deep in the snow."

:
post #25 of 186
If you read the TGR thread on this, it says that he had "his people" film it in HD so that he could have rights to it. I'm not sure what TGR paid or if they have rights or anything.

I also am with the people who say it was stupid and not that tough. Yes, it takes balls the size of Manhattan to do something like this- but talent? I don't think so. The work was in the prep, scoping the landing, and having the courage to jump. Obviously things didn't go right in the air, or else he wouldn't have landed on his head. I wonder how far into the snow he went. (and judging by the pic, I'll bet the snow was DEEP where he landed)
post #26 of 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Some questions that come to mind...

If he had stuck the landing and skied away clean and unharmed, would he still be an idiot?

Is he an idiot because he tried a 245' jump in the first place, or is he an idiot because he got off track on the way down and landed P-tex-side-up?

Another line of questions; if he had landed on his head and died, would we be calling him an idiot? Or would our respect for the recently-departed and our sympathy for his family have us saying some insipid thing like "at least he died in the mountains doing something he loved".

And a final question: TGR was filming this whole thing. They now have what is undoubtedly very valuable footage strictly because it's a NEW WORLD RECORD. If some guy comes along a month from now and dies trying a 260-footer, do they bear any responsibility?
A small addition to Bob's questions. What if someone comes along next week and does a 245' jump but sticks the landing and skis away. Would this be a more credible record?

How long before someone tries a 275' jump?
Will hucking big air become an Olympic event where style, degree of dificulty and distance rule the score?
post #27 of 186
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee
How long before someone tries a 275' jump?
Will hucking big air become an Olympic event where style, degree of dificulty and distance rule the score?
Hey, I had the Big Mountain Ski Flying idea first
post #28 of 186

Wwjd

Not that!

He has a two month old baby. If he died pulling that crap he would have been remanded to hell!
post #29 of 186
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Some questions that come to mind...

If he had stuck the landing and skied away clean and unharmed, would he still be an idiot?
Yes

Quote:
Is he an idiot because he tried a 245' jump in the first place, or is he an idiot because he got off track on the way down and landed P-tex-side-up?
A lucky one

Quote:
Another line of questions; if he had landed on his head and died, would we be calling him an idiot? Or would our respect for the recently-departed and our sympathy for his family have us saying some insipid thing like "at least he died in the mountains doing something he loved".

Still an idiot, and condolences to his family

Quote:
And a final question: TGR was filming this whole thing. They now have what is undoubtedly very valuable footage strictly because it's a NEW WORLD RECORD. If some guy comes along a month from now and dies trying a 260-footer, do they bear any responsibility?
They would bear responcibility, only if they helped prepare the for jump. If TGR only records it, they they are not responcible for the consequences.
post #30 of 186
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Originally Posted by loboskis
I can sum it up in one word ,idiot.
yeah but the idiot ALMOST landed a 245 foot drop. so that makes him a little more than the run-of-the-mill idiot.

anyone have the proper adjective to describe the precise type of idiot?
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