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Xtreme Sports: BASE jumping

By: Arien Fuentes

BASE jumping is one of the most dangerous extreme sport that there is in the planet. BASE jumping is said to be roughly one hundred times more dangerous than skydiving. With a high potential for injuries and fatalities it is not recommended for anyone not up for a challenge.

“BASE” is the acronym for the four general types of objects participants jump from: Buildings, Antenna, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs). Out of all the deaths caused by base jumping 72% come from cliff jumping, 12% come from antenna jumping, 10% from bridge jumping, and 6% comes from jumping off a building.

For BASE, the most important physical abilities are reaction to time, coordination, and balance. BASE jumpers have to react quickly and correctly in life threatening situations one wrong move can cause death instantly. This sport will best fit a person who is intellectually curious, has good reactions and can respond quickly and correctly without having to think during the emergency. It is very important that you are comfortable with skydiving before you start base jumping. For permission to legally base jump, you need to have skydived at least 200 times.

BASE jumping can also be very expensive. A parachute designed specifically for BASE jumping will cost anywhere from $1,200 to $2,000. Base jumping gear can also reach anywhere from $800 to $1,000.  This extreme sport can also cost you your life. It is very important to take a “first jump course” if you are interested in base jumping. These classes are expensive but they are necessary if you really want to know all the details about BASE jumping.

If you are still not convinced about the risks associated with BASE jumping, then it is imperative that you discuss your decision with your family.  BASE jumping can cause serious injuries and even deaths.  Even though you are ultimately responsible for your decision, please consider the consequences that come with this risky sport!

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