Urban Base Jump is a budding concept in India with many enthusiasts habituating it. BASE or B.A.S.E. jumping, is parachuting or wingsuit flying from a fixed structure or cliff. “BASE” is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span (bridge) and Earth (cliff).
It is considered to be a dangerous sport and is illegal in some countries. Legal issues arise because of permissions regarding the objects which are used for jumping and landing. It is not yet legal in India.
BASE jumping grew out of skydiving. Due to the lower altitudes of the jumps, BASE jumping is more dangerous than skydiving from a plane. A BASE jump takes place close to the object serving as the jump platform. Because BASE jumps generally entail slower airspeeds than typical skydives (due to the limited altitude), a BASE jumper does not always reach terminal velocity. Most BASE jumps are made from less than 600 metres (2,000 ft). For example a BASE jump from a 150 metres (490 ft) object is about 5.6 seconds from the ground if the jumper remains in free fall. On a BASE jump, the parachute must open at about half the airspeed of a similar skydive, and more quickly (in a shorter distance fallen). Standard skydiving parachute systems are not designed for this situation, so BASE jumpers often use specially designed harnesses and parachute containers, with extra large pilot chutes, and many jump with only one parachute, since there would be little time to utilize a reserve parachute.
Another risk is that most BASE jumping venues have very small areas in which to land. A BASE jump from 150 metres (490 ft) will have a parachute ride of only 10 to 15 seconds.
As of June 2015 there have been 285 reported deaths for BASE jumping since April 1981.
So even after the defying risks what makes people take up this extreme sport? How do they gather the nerves to do it? Is it even worthwhile after all?
This base jumping video where two daredevils base jump from a building at 1 a.m in the night, with no electricity, landing in the middle of a road shows us how these madcaps relish from the experience and how those 6 seconds are worth risking their life. Watch them share their excitement of making it through.
If you are planning to start BASE jumping and see how the base jumping equipment is used, this might as well help you.
Filmed by:Urban Fakir Films
Featured Athlete: Aishwarya Yadav
Music: Amon Tobin-Lost and Found
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