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Base Jumping
Some twenty-five years ago Carl Boenish took a team of skydivers to Yosemite National Park, USA, and jumped with them from El Captain’s summit. The sport developed into BASE jumping, named after the four types of fixed objects people jump from: Building, Antenna, Span (bridge) and Earth (cliff).
Due to the legislation surrounding it, many BASE jumpers keep their hobby a secret, so it’s difficult to say how many are involved in the sport. Estimated figures are very low – there are probably fewer than 1500 across the world.
Different countries have different attitudes towards BASE jumping. In the USA, the act of BASE jumping is not illegal, although the owners of high bridges and buildings do not usually permit people to jump from them. There are tight regulations against the sport in American and Australian national parks. One of the few countries that welcomes BASE jumping is Malaysia.
It is the danger of the sport that lures people to it. Comparably, skydiving is very safe. For some people, skydiving begins to feel too safe, and they move on to BASE jumping to recapture the sense of excitement.

BASE jumpers fall from heights much lower often from dangerously low cliff edges with unsuitable conditions. Though they do not reach the same speeds, they accelerate more quickly during their fall. At the fastest part of a skydiver’s fall the ground is still distant, but BASE jumpers see it approaching them at an incredible speed.
Maybe, but BASE jumpers also have great skill and focus. They have to know how to manoeuvre and land with total accuracy, and there is no room for mistakes. Anyone considering BASE jumping should already be an experienced skydiver. Attempting a BASE jump without the necessary knowledge or experience is suicidal.
No one can deny that BASE jumping is an incredibly dangerous sport. The jumps are much shorter than those undertaken by skydivers, leaving little time to open the parachute, or sort out problems if they arise. Such problems can often be fatal.

However, some BASE jumping enthusiasts insist that risks are exaggerated and can be kept to a minimum if the jumps are carried out correctly. Many claim that strict laws against jumping in national parks force them to jump in unsafe conditions.

But even at organized jumps, casualties are expected with ambulances on stand-by for anticipated broken ankles or more serious injuries.

1)There is no real data on how many people are BASE jumpers.

2)There are strict regulations forbidding base jumping in national parks of Australia and America.

3)Many people reject the idea that BASE jumping is very dangerous.

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