BASE jumping


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A type of low-altitude sky diving/extreme sport—invented by Carl Boenish in 1978 in Texas—in which participants jump—with parachute—from 4 types of structures that constitute the acronym, BASE:
• Buildings
• Antennas/Aerials
• Spans (bridges)
• Earth (cliffs)

480 men and women have been awarded an official BASE number. As of April 2009, 133 people have died BASE jumping, with an estimated 1 fatality/60 participants

BASE jumping

Sports medicine An extreme sport in which participants jump–with parachute-from 4 types of structures that constitute the acronym: Buildings, Antennas, Spans–bridges, Earth–cliffs

BASE jump·ing

(bās jŭmp'ing)
A sport in which participants use a parachute and jump from four types of fixed man-made or natural objects: building or skyscraper, antenna or tower, span (bridge arch or deck), and earth (cliff).
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He died just over a year after his good friend plunged hundreds of feet to his death while base jumping in the Swiss Alps.
Dr Grubisic died just over a year after his good friend plunged hundreds of feet to his death while base jumping in the Swiss Alps.
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The Winchester inquest was told that the 47-yearold, who had completed 500 jumps previously, had joined a group for a base jumping holiday in the area.
"He died doing the sport he loved the most but this time whilst base jumping from a hill in Geneva, it took a tragic turn for the worst although details of how or why it happened have yet to be confirmed.
THRILLSEEKER Photo on Robert's Facebook page of a previous base jumping adventure
BASE jumping is an acronym for the type of objects the jumpers might propel themselves from, such as buildings, antennas, spans and the Earth.
This is a bird's-eye view of illegal BASE jumping: a shadowy world frequented by adrenalinejunkies hell-bent on hi-jacking public buildings in the still of night and, guided only by the fire-fly neon street lights, parachuting from the highest points.
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"Sunshine Superman" exhilaratingly retraces the steps--well, lunges --of the late Carl Boenish, an aerial cinematographer and the father of extreme sport BASE jumping. His is a very colorful life story (albeit one that leaves some questions unanswered), vividly told here by first-time director Marah Strauch through a mix of plentiful archival materials, reenactments and interviews with surviving colleagues.
Dream jumping, or simply base jumping without a parachute, is one of the exciting features on offer at the Expo -- the first of its kind being held in the region.

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