BASE jumping at Yosemite; a slight return

While surfing the big waves on the World Wide Web, I came across this snippet in the “Cornell Daily Sun.”  

“Can you imagine flying? This year, wingsuit B.A.S.E. (short for Building, Antenna, Span, Earth, the surfaces B.A.S.E. participants jump from) takes on a much larger role than in years past. Advancements in wingsuit technology have pushed glide ratios upwards three-to-one, which equates to longer and more exhilarating flights. Banff’s promotional video shows a base jumping duo launching themselves from the “diving board” on Yosemite’s Half Dome. While BASE jumping is illegal in many places (Yosemite included) due to its danger, B.A.S.E. films usually document what it’s like to skirt the law while jumping off of big things. Smaller HD cameras have allowed for new perspectives on this emergent sport, and hopefully the festival delivers some adrenaline-packed B.A.S.E. action.” 

My 2 cents: BASE jumping at Yosemite is illegal. In the 90’s a group tried to prove how safe it was only to have one woman drill a hole at the bottom of El Capitan. National Geographic’s inclusion of a photo then website video of 4 men doing so was irresponsible. By the way, the area is called the Visor – not the Diving Board. Ansel Adam’s famous pictures of Half Dome were taken at the true Diving Board – at the western end of Half Dome.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: Continued from yesterday: Oh say can you see it’s really such a mess. Every inch of earth is a fighting nest. Giant pencil and lipstick-tube shaped things, continue to rain and cause screamin’ pain. And the arctic stains from silver blue to bloody red. As our feet find the sand and the sea is straight ahead Straight up ahead.” – 1983 (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) – Jimi Hendrix

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Sönke says:

    The latest issue of Outside magazine has an interesting one page feature about the dangers of BASE jumping (the issue also has a nice three page story about the dangers of hiking Tenaya Canyon).

    According to Outside magazine YNP is the 3rd most dangerous place for base jumpers with 7 recorded deaths (No. 1 is in Suisse with 28 casualties).

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