BASE stunts: Begging for trouble? (OT)


Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 1 - 20 of total 432 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Bad Climber

Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 26, 2015 - 07:44am PT
I routinely get sucked into BASE/wingsuit videos. I love watching that stuff. This linked video has some multi-person jumps that seem to push the crazy meter, as if BASE wasn't crazy enough. I don't do this sport, so maybe others can comment. Are these stunts as nutty as they appear? Isn't plunging toward the earth with only a few seconds to save one's behind dangerous enough? Don't get me wrong: I'm all for the freedom to risk one's neck. Thoughts?

Oh, as far as click bait, the main feature here is a super hawt jumper, Roberta Mancino.

Have fun kids. Just don't crater.


Bishop, CA
Jun 26, 2015 - 08:18am PT
Sure can't answer the question in the thread title, but I am intrigued by the term "exit point." Some of them have found their exit point.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 26, 2015 - 08:21am PT
Those people need to be held for a 72 hour evaluation.

And why do they bother with helmets?
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Jun 26, 2015 - 08:39am PT
Cool video. But I am glad I am grown up and do not feel compelled to seek that thrill. I can crap my pants just as well on run-out 5.7 slab.
curt wohlgemuth

Social climber
Bay Area, California
Jun 26, 2015 - 08:56am PT
It's obvious dude! Without a helmet, how to attach a GoPro?!?

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 26, 2015 - 09:04am PT
DOH! :-)
the Fet

Jun 26, 2015 - 10:21am PT
Some of my buddies were getting into BASE in the mid 90s. I was thinking about it, but then my friend brought home a video of a trip he just went on. A woman who was an experienced skydiver on her second jump ever jumped with a guy 10 feet above her. She miscounted her delay and the chute didn't fully deploy and she hit hard.

I was talking about this with my wife the other day. Why when something is already so dangerous do we have to introduce even more risk into it? Is it thrill seeking? People just don't think about the added risk? Boredom and needing to push the limits?

But I guess it's like anything else, big wave surfing, X rated climbing or free soloing, etc. People just have to push the limits.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Jun 26, 2015 - 11:33am PT
Makes climbers see through the eyes of nonclimbers who ask why their tax money is used to rescue or recovers these guys.

I mean, I soloed walls of caked mud but that BASE shlt is crazy!
son of stan

Boulder climber
San Jose CA
Jun 26, 2015 - 05:04pm PT
Credit: son of stan

Someone was telling me about a fictional story they read about a
Mojave club that took the wing suit thing to the extreme.
They each built a home made rocket that they could squeeze inside
and would evade the Man driving around the desert to finally do a
mass launching to the edge of space. Then wingsuit down to a resort
in the Caribbean. Party like crazy, commercial jet back to work by Monday morning.

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
Jun 26, 2015 - 06:23pm PT
Throughout history we've been pushing the envelope on one thing or another.

Begging for trouble? Yes, it's what we do.

Big Wall climber
Jun 26, 2015 - 06:30pm PT
I can't tell which came first, the GoPro or the suicidal idiot, but they seem to be inseparable.

Camping with my family last week and while walking on the trail with my 2 year old I hear some rocks coming down the slope. Sure enough there is a dumbass wih 2 dogs 3rd classing it up the talus shute with a GoPro strapped to his head knocking rocks down onto the public. There is nothing special about the area either, just a steep slope next to a trail.


The 1/3000 rate of Base deaths per jump is adequate to validly call the practitioners suicidal. Just Russian Roullette with a little better odds. But they will become grease spots "doing what they loved."
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jun 26, 2015 - 06:32pm PT
Hey that's this Roberta Mancino!

You go girl!!
Chris Cunningham

Trad climber
San Francisco
Jun 26, 2015 - 09:17pm PT
The biggest (but not only) problem with base jumping is that there is no way to control the deployment bag as it pulls out of the container and extends your suspension and control lines...that is to say you have no control over which direction you will initially be heading in when, and if, your chute fully deploys. I have a skydiving license but have yet to see the base jump I would consider going off of.

Boulder climber
Jun 26, 2015 - 09:51pm PT
... you have no control over which direction you will initially be heading in when, and if, your chute fully deploys.

Jun 26, 2015 - 10:55pm PT
More Mancino here.


Jun 26, 2015 - 11:15pm PT
Based upon the photo posted above, embarrassment may not be something she feels acutely. When watching the video it seemed to me she was perturbed when Jeb let her get in only a few words.

Another thing of note is that her Go Pro is not framed in the usual way. It is pointed toward her eyes. Great eyes I might add.
Bad Climber

Topic Author's Reply - Jun 27, 2015 - 06:18am PT
Jstan is right. The guy is quite the egotist and talks over her, hogging the interview. I don't see this relationship lasting, but I could be wrong. Of course, augering in could shorten the relationship, too.

Damn, she sure is cute!


Big Wall climber
Ogden, Utah
Jun 27, 2015 - 10:24am PT
Those aren't stunts, they are desciplines.

Pretty entertaining to hear climbers bagging on the risks of BASE jumping. Hopefully you don't make the mistake of thinking climbing is so safe you get complacent. I've lost a few dozen friends to climbing. Nobody gets out alive.

Have fun!!!

Cardiff by the sea
Jun 27, 2015 - 11:24am PT
Not only are they disciplines, those athletes are very skilled at their disciplines.

Bitchin Video thanks!
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Jul 3, 2015 - 05:21pm PT

I love Lauterbrunnen!
Messages 1 - 20 of total 432 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks

Try a free sample topo!

SuperTopo on the Web

Recent Route Beta