Friday Freakout: BASE Jumper Avoids Impact With Low Pull

Posted by Andrew R.

As a relatively new jumper with 500 skydives and 50 BASE jumps, this BASE jumper nearly made a fatal mistake on his 51st BASE jump in a tracking suit.

He decided mid-flight that he would try to fly over the edge of the cliff below the exit point, despite being a bit too low, and he got fixated on his new target instead of focusing on flying past it. Once he realized he was in trouble, he thought he was in a no-pull zone, so he waited until he cleared the edge of the cliff before pulling. He had a 90 degree right turn on opening, and luckily he landed safely with very little room to spare.