Corey Rich and
Chris McNamara support "Leave No Trace" ethics
in outdoor activities and want to emphasize to the BASE
jumping community that BASE jumping in national parks violates
these ethics. The first principle of "Leave No Trace" ethics
includes knowing the regulations and special concerns of
outdoor areas that one intends to enjoy. In national
parks, this includes prohibitions against BASE jumping.
We believe that our responsibility as outdoor athletes
includes respecting the laws that govern the use of our
national parks, including the prohibition of BASE jumping.
We also want to point out that such violations are prosecuted
by the U.S. government and can result in a criminal conviction,
jail time, hefty fines and restitution. Additionally, you
can lose the privilege of recreating on the federal lands.
We encourage you all to respect the principles of "Leave
No Trace" ethics and refrain from BASE jumping in
our national parks.