First base jump from the new World Trade Center

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BASE104

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An Oil Field
Apr 2, 2014 - 03:28pm PT
^^^^Nice post.

As it is with climbs, all objects have a certain objective risk. Meaning that you have to adjust your gear and methods for each particular object.

I have gone to the trouble of climbing 1500 foot objects, and when I got to the top the wind direction had changed, making it far more dangerous than it would have been if the wind had been blowing in the right direction with a certain windspeed.

If I didn't like it, I would climb back down without hesitation. I freely admit to backing off of a number of jumps if the conditions weren't good, and these were mostly objects that I had done many times previously.

As with climbs, some jumps are more dangerous than others, and you know this when you plan a jump. It seems obvious to me, but non-jumpers have no clue as to how the jumper decides to jump or not jump an object.

Some jumps are actually pretty darn safe. Some are not. You pack differently for different objects, choose different gear, and change methods for each individual jump.

The worst thing you can do is start yacking about the risk when you don't understand even the basics of how to do a BASE jump.

Like climbing, which has objective dangers such as rockfall or storms, BASE also has objective dangers.

Right now we are seeing a lot of wingsuit fatalities. I'm no expert on wingsuits, but I skydived and BASE jumped enough to have a grasp of the dangers involved. Wingsuiting is still sort of new, and things such as choosing the right suit can have serious dangers.
WBraun

climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 03:33pm PT
See ^^^ Thanks Mark

Then you get the wannabee expert know it alls like Ken M's who should stick to being a doctor and stay away from BASE commenting.
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
Apr 2, 2014 - 03:42pm PT
Then you get the wannabee expert know it alls like Ken M's who should stick to being a doctor and stay away from BASE commenting.

Then you get the wannabee expert know it alls like Braunie who should stick to climbing punditry and STAY AWAY from SCIENCE descriptions and philosophizing.

A case, no, better, a need, for "practice what you preach" if ever there were one, lol!!
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