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post #1 of 16
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There's like a thousand ways to get mangled down there.

1,200 experienced jumpers and at least 115 fatalities. The odds suck.

Base Jumping - Bridge Day 2007
post #2 of 16
Interesting article. I tried sky diving once - fixed cord jump from 3,500 feet and a a year later a tandem jump from 10,000 attached to an instructor. The tandem was easy and fun. The fixed jump alone was scary because all the things that could go wrong kept entering my mind. I would be too nervous to try base jumping- not enough time to do something if the main chute fails before you go splat, and you also have to worry abpout running into the thing you just jumped off of. The Skies are for the brave. I am a chicken-hawk. The extreme-skier types here would probably enjoy it.
post #3 of 16
never been sky diving but my little sister is up to 30 jumps now. she want to take me so bad now. I have a feeling I am going to love it.

IF I started to do I wonder how long till I have a wing suit
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
never been sky diving but my little sister is up to 30 jumps now. she want to take me so bad now. I have a feeling I am going to love it.

If I started to do I wonder how long till I have a wing suit
It's worth trying at least once. If you are an adreneline junky you would no doubt get hooked on it. On the actual jump I was shaking most of the time, almost backed out at the last second as my turn came up, and the whole thing was a blur that I vaguely recollect, accept for the fear and adreneline and my heart didnt stop pounding until about 15 minutes after I landed and realised what I had just done and I was still in one piece.

The class lasts all morning and the first thing they do is show you 'safety' videos kind of like those 'scared straight' movies they made us watch us in Drivers Ed class about what can go wrong if you dont do what your supposed to. Video clips of imapled jumpers landing in trees and forgetting to cross their legs, landing on electircal lines, someone twirling around helplessly in a tangled chute...this is what happenes if you panic..then show a grainy video of the student jumper doing a 20 foot bounce in the air after impact. Obviously this is all to instill that this is not a ride at Disneyland. A couple people didn't return after the mid morning break. The whole class is pretty much about what to do when something goes wrong - malfunctions, line-overs, stuck risers, tangled lines, and how to deploy the reserve AFTER cutting the main or you are in a heap of doodoo.

That stuff scared me more than the jump itself - I kept thinking I would panic and go right for the reserve handle and forget to release the main. When it got to my turn all I remember is climbing out to the wing strut and looking down as I hung from the struts, and my legs were flailing back and forth in the prop stream. My eyes were peeled on the ground and I remember the pilot/instructor kept yelling at me - 'Look Up or your going to flip !' and when I did he yelled 'Let Go and Arch !', When I let go I felt like I was going to spin and all of a sudden I felt a tremendous jolt and pop as the static line pulled open the chute. Thats all I remember from there. I enjoyed the tandem jump more...that was quite a ride and I didn't have to do anything and new the instructor was controlling it all. I just recollect it being very very loud as the wind rushed by and my stomach felt like it was up in my throat like going down an endless first drop on a roller coaster. That was fun though.

Anyways, give it a try. You will probably enjoy it and get into it. I am too nervous and cautious a person to really take it up. Too scared
post #5 of 16
I have a good skiing buddy who used to compete and dive professionally - he's not sure how many he's done, but it's in the 3000-4000 range, and around 500 BASE. I think it's like a lot of sports, the more you push it (watch the ski movies that keep bringing in guys ski BASE jumping and guys in flying suits almost brushing rock walls), the more you're going to have people get hurt. Look up the statistics for Bridge Day ... I'm not sure how many people get hurt, but it's a relatively low number, and it's usually stuff like a twisted ankle from landing on a rock funny.

i won't deny it's dangerous, but I know a few other people who jump too and they're certainly not bragging about huge risk.
post #6 of 16
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IF I started to do I wonder how long till I have a wing suit
I can see it now:




post #7 of 16
I've been to five Bridge Days over the years. It's just plain scary to watch. A majority of the people there are just waiting to see some carnage. Kind of like waiting for a wreck in a NASCAR race.

About 15 years ago, I was there and this guy's parachute didn't open fully and he hit the water hard. They fished him out of ther New River and checked him out. He was ok. The TV crews interviewed him down by the river and asked him what he was going to do next. He stated he was going to get some dry clothes on and do it again.

I haven't tried skydiving because I'm afraid I'd like it too much and would want to do it on a regular basis.
post #8 of 16
I used to go to every Bridge Day. I can't get my wife to get near there now. The crowds are huge. They close down Route 19. There is nothing fun about watching someone get turned inside out on a rock.

Usually, I'm pretty busy at the hospital. Trying to get all the twisted, injured jumpers, (with no insurance) going good enough for the drive home.

http://www.bridgeday.info/stats/bdaystats.pdf

O and the socialized medicine thing. Be happy we have expensive insurance. Ask someone that lives in Japan how good their socialized medicine is. All the Diplomats go to the US Naval Hospital for treatment!
post #9 of 16
wow, those stats are pretty ridiculous. I stand corrected, I thought most of the people there actually knew what they were doing. apparently not
post #10 of 16
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wow, those stats are pretty ridiculous. I stand corrected, I thought most of the people there actually knew what they were doing. apparently not
not the case you could have everything 100 percent right on you side and something you couldnt control kills you.
post #11 of 16
Not exactly the point I was trying to make. This sport is very dangerous. Most of the jumpers are experienced. I know that some do not have the proof of the requirements. I don't know how they would document proof of 100 jumps.

http://www.bridgeday.info/faq.php#7
post #12 of 16
Bridge Day is a big deal in WV. Even the state of WV promotes it...

http://www.wviscalling.com/videoplay...ort=ViewbyDate
post #13 of 16
base jumpers are loony. i've done static line jumps out of a c-130 when i was in the army, and i don't think i ever want to be that scared again in my life. as the tick once said, gravity is a harsh mistress.

not as crazy as k2 climbers though, that has like a 25% fatality rate.
post #14 of 16
It's kinda cool to be eddy hopping in a kayak down below on the base jump day. Gives a different perspective. I see no problem with it until national health care. Then we have to outlaw it or make them pay extra.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
O and the socialized medicine thing. Be happy we have expensive insurance. Ask someone that lives in Japan how good their socialized medicine is. All the Diplomats go to the US Naval Hospital for treatment!
Thanks for this injection of ideological tripe into my General Ski Discussion. I really appreciate it. My day would not have been complete without it. Please, by all means, continue with this sort of thing. Believe me, most of us really care what you think about healthcare.

As for base jumping: I'm all for any activity so capable of producing Darwin Awards.
post #16 of 16
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It's kinda cool to be eddy hopping in a kayak down below on the base jump day. Gives a different perspective. I see no problem with it until national health care. Then we have to outlaw it or make them pay extra.

under your logic skiers should pay much more if we went to national health care.

and FYI people, like you me and those skydivers are probably the least strain on a national health care system. than say fat over weight thing that dont even resemble people anymore.
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