Base jumping – madness or courage?
08.06.2016Base jumpers jump off buildings. Base jumping may be compared to parachute jumping with one (quite significant) difference. You are not jumping off a plane several kilometres up in the air, but from objects on earth, such as skyscrapers, radio towers or rocks. Because they are jumping from a lower height and there is a higher risk that things could go wrong, base jumpers are called crazies.
The title itself tells us a lot about what's going on. In addition to being the actual "base", the word BASE also identifies the objects base jumpers may jump from.
B – Building,
A – Antenna (antennas or pylons),
S – Span (bridges or cableways),
E – Earth (including rocks, trees, etc.).
Base jumping has its roots in skydiving. Skydiving means that you are jumping out of a plane, falling freely. for a long time before opening your parachute. There is one significant difference between base jumping and skydiving. You are jumping from lower heights; therefore, the jump is much shorter and more dangerous.