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    That is fucking sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sftc
    I once wanted to BASE jump, but after watching, in person, literally hundreds of jumps at the Gorge Games and Bridge Day, I decided it wasn't for me. It's a risk that I personally don't think I need to take.
    Since I went to WVU, we went to Bridge Day every year. That is simply a huge bridge and sketchy landings a lot. How many people break ankles and whatnot there, I saw many over the years.

    Now being on the Twin Bridge is a different story. It looks TOO low to BASE off of. But it does have a very user friendly area to walk and then climb and jump, if you wanted.

    Seeing Shane do it off Twin was cool, seeing unknown people to me at that time in college was cool too at the New River Gorge those years, 92-97.


    I personally would like to skydive someday. SOMEDAY.


    Cool of Shane to talk about the jump. He still is nuts in my book, but I love watching him do new things. Nuts is not necessarily a bad thing though.





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    Can't be any harder than jumpstarting a backhoe, and I've done that a couple times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steezus Christ
    You misconstrue my quote about thinking Baffen would be safe for a first timer. I am not saying that is where they HAVE to jump the first time. I am saying that would seem DOABLE for a first timer, and hella fun. And I was only trying to give pube a general description of how I thought it was done with the pretense that I have never done it.
    Steezus,
    No blood, no foul. I hear what you are saying and I'm sorry if I rubbed you the wrong way.
    With the pilot chutes, some people jump with them in their hands and toss them and some people pull the rip cord. To me it seems to be a factor of the jumper's confidence and skill, combined with the hight of the jump. If they are going off something big and free falling for a few seconds or doing flips they usually use the rip cord. People with only a few jumps will hold it their hand so they don't have to reach around and grab the rip cord, they just let the pilot chute go out of their hand.
    Either way it's a crazy freakin' sport and I'll just continue to watch with my jaw dropped.

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    So how do they pull the reserve chute during a short bridge jump when things go wrong???

    So I wonder how easy it is to find someone who would be willing to mentor someone from BASE Retard 101 to BASE Crazy Fuck 180?

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    I'm not into the whole base thingy, but that made me want to watch CKY2K again.

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    Livin the life.

    If you aren't doing what you love you aren't living anyway.

    Vibes to the family as those are the ones who will feel this the most.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff Huckstable View Post
    Hello Freaks, my ears were burning so I figured I'd check to see what was going on over here. Looks like I achieved the desired effect with that little video. If you guys think it was stupid you should have heard what my wife said! Geez! You'd think she was used to this kind of idiocy by now.
    Yea was gonna call it Sandbagging as a little shout out to those Tahoe bungee jumpers who were doing that back in the early 90s (Brad Holmes) I Also thought about calling it free solo basing as it is similar to what some rock climbers like to do, but I figured freebasing sounded not only accurate but nice and stupid too.
    Here's a little explanation for why I did that:
    In base jumping or skydiving one can do a jump called a Mr. Bill. This is when one guy holds on to the other guy through deployment. Usually it is done high enough to then let go and deploy your own parachute. At Twin Falls just for fun we started landing the Mr. Bill together in the water without one guy letting go. After doing this a whole bunch of times for a couple years we realized that we had a very bomber grip system and absolutely never even came close to slipping off. Throwing up an unpacked parachute reduces opening shock a lot too. The type of unpacked jump that Eric "Rubbs" Roner (yes the same guy ski basing in the TGR films. Solid base jumper) threw for me is called a T.A.R.D. (Totally Awesome Rapid Deployment) Since it is so easy to hold on to someone who is throwing a tard I decided to try it wearing a hidden rock climbing harness with a 3 foot long back up line attached to his leg straps instead of a parachute. If I fell I would have dropped 3 feet before the backup caught me. When that was no problem and still felt exactly the same I went for it without any safety. That was the video you saw. I have only done it once. Most people say is is just plain stupid and I can't really say that I disagree, but it sure is good for a few laughs! However, ya know when you work your way up to something like a gnarly line or a big cliff and you have seen the all the possible scenarios from every angle and then you just simply know for sure that you can do it. You don't really know why or maybe you can't totally explain it but you absolutely know that you can do it cleanly. That's how I felt going into this jump. It wasn't totally reckless. I worked up to it and thought it through in massive detail. Free solo climbing is really dangerous of course but those guys know what they are doing and stay within their safety margin. I felt I was doing the same.
    Yes JT Holmes' first base jump was before he had any skydive experience. This is rare and not recommended. He has since become skilled at both.
    If any of you are interested in any other funny and ridiculous base footage I highly recommend checking out
    http://www.jimmyhalliday.com/
    and order his video called Radix. There's lots of idiocy in there. Very much worth every penny.
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    Some thread...Cliff's post sums it up. Knew what he was doing every step of the way and knew what could happen. Props for living life the way few others have.

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    Well described. Familiarity is the one danger that is harder to see.

    Quoting Cliff-
    "ya know when you work your way up to something like a gnarly line or a big cliff and you have seen the all the possible scenarios from every angle and then you just simply know for sure that you can do it. You don't really know why or maybe you can't totally explain it but you absolutely know that you can do it cleanly."
    live the life.

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    Also tough re-reading Cliff's 15th post here this morning - https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...72#post1022172

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOHSHSIHd View Post
    It definately cannot be considered a tradgedy when shane dies in the next few years....he is doing to many crazy things...

    ill put my money on early rotation chute pulled and nearly tangled (like in yearbook) or this silly tandem stuff....you know he is gonna try tandem on skis....eventually with letting go about 70 feet up and trying late fronts and stupid shit...


    oh well...fucking sick way to go out



    It still sucks though

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    Bump. Gone for 10 years and change? This was a different place. Good read.

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