BASE Jumping An Extreme Sports Adventure

On the other hand, the BASE jumper made a twist in the air because the descent is not long enough for them to stabilize. The parachute is usually opened just after jumping or shortly thereafter.

The shortness of the jump does not allow the jumper to use the traditional parachute. The BASE jumper does not have a reserve parachute, because there is not enough time to deploy it. This would add another element of danger to the jump.

Instead of jumping out of an airplane, the BASE jumper jumps off of fixed objects such as buildings, cliffs, or towers. The other difference is that the base jumper has to jump not only out but down. The BASE jumper has to jump out several feet because they are falling very close to the building or tower they have just jumped from.

Because the base is a standing structure, a high wind or wind shift can cause the jumper to slam into the structure they are jumping from. If the BASE jumpers are jumping from a bridge or trestle, the only place to land is on the small beach beside a river or in the river itself.

The extreme sports enthusiast who bases jumps will pick a high enough platform to get the thrill of free-falling and still have enough time for the parachute to open and slow his descent. In base jumping, this rarely happens.

Instead of jumping out of an airplane, the BASE jumper jumps off of fixed objects such as buildings, cliffs, or towers. The other difference is that the base jumper has to jump not only out but down. The BASE jumper has to jump out several feet because they are falling very close to the building or tower they have just jumped from.

Because the base is a standing structure, a high wind or wind shift can cause the jumper to slam into the structure they are jumping from. If they are jumping from a cliff, the bottom might be strewn with boulder, trees, or rocks. If the BASE jumpers are jumping from a bridge or trestle, the only place to land is on the small beach beside a river or in the river itself.