40 miles west of the town of Moab, UT, a 35-year old man attempted to BASE jump in Mineral Canyon. The unnamed man jumped on Friday and was dead seconds later. He went down about 400 feet. No further details are available.
If you are familiar with the area, he launched from an area known as “The Sweet Spot,” about one mile east of the Mineral Bottom boat launch. It took over six hours to recover the body on Saturday. He landed on a steep talus slope.
B.A.S.E. = Bridges, Antennae, Spans and Earth. That’s what it stands for. Basically, parachuting off tall things and not out of an airplane. It is illegal at many places. Several fatalities have occurred at Yosemite National Park, but the consequences are the same anywhere.
A final blow was dealt the BASE jumpers at the park when Jan Davis, 58, an experienced base jumper, was killed in a leap from El Capitan in 1999 when her chute didn’t open. It was a protest jump, with others, demonstrating against a Park Service ban on El Cap jumps. She wasn’t using her regular rigging to avoid having it confiscated.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “But it’s all right. I’m jumpin’ Jack Flash, It’s a gas! gas! gas!” – Rolling Stones
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