Parachute from a fixed location thousands of feet above the ground.
What does a BASE Jumper do?
BASE jumping is skydiving on steroids. Instead of jumping out of an airplane, which offers the luxury of a high altitude and a large landing area, BASE Jumpers jump off of fixed objects — “BASE” stands for buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs) — that are typically less than 2,000 feet tall.
A typical jump for a Skydiver requires jumping out of an airplane at an altitude of 3,000 to 13,000 feet, commencing a freefall toward the earth’s surface at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. While that sounds pretty crazy to most people, it sounds not only safe and tame but also downright boring to a BASE Jumper. That’s because BASE Jumpers have mere seconds and feet to work with.
As a BASE Jumper, you’ve been trained to rapidly deploy parachutes and assess jump factors such as wind speed, wind direction, and landing area. Using this knowledge, you make calculated leaps from fixed objects with the goal of landing — and surviving — the jumps.
Although you’re likely an adrenaline junkie who BASE jumps for fun, it’s possible that you’re a professional who makes your living as a BASE Jumping Instructor, a contestant in BASE jumping competitions, or a Stunt Performer who’s paid by sponsors, event organizers, and others to jump for promotional purposes. In any case, you’ve got one of the most dangerous jobs on earth, but also one of the most thrilling!