This post is all about jumping. Jumping cliffs, jumping mountains, or jumping buildings, jumping is one of the most extreme sports out there today. There is something instinctively dangerous about the power of gravity, and submitting yourself completely to such a force of nature. Though jumping without some sort of form or safety mechanism will probably get you killed, jumping is still certainly one of the most dangerous activities to undertake despite having a parachute, wingsuit or bungee. As said before, this is a post of all things jumping, so enjoy some of these savagely magnificent jumping activities.
Cliff Jumping is one of the few jumping activities on this list without a safety mechanism. Cliff jumpers rely on style and form in order to execute their jumps safely and accurately. Cliff jumping involves jumping off cliffs and into large bodies of water. Lake Tahoe is a popular spot for individuals to cliff jump, although more dangerous sites exist. For example, cliff jumpers who jump into ocean waters often have to deal with uneasy waters, waves, rocks, and in some cases, even sharks. Take South Point Cliffs in Big Island, Hawaii, where divers often jump into waters where sharks are known to frequent. Quebrada Cliff in Acapulco, Mexico on the other hand offers rocky bottoms, along with some dangerously violent waves.
Parkour is often criticized for not being a sport. Albeit, it isn’t a sport in the traditional sense, however it certainly is extreme enough to land under the category of extreme sports. Running up walls and jumping through windows like Spiderman is already pretty cool. Now, jumping off buildings and onto other buildings with no safety mechanisms is epic. In Parkour jumping, technique is everything, or you’re guaranteed more than just a few broken bones.
Bungee jumping is one of the safer jumps in this list. The bungee cord and harness are enough to keep you safe in the vast majority of situations. However there is always the worry of bungeeing uncontrollably and slamming into nearby structures, or the bungee itself snapping. For these reasons bungee jumping is still a risky extreme activity. If you’re afraid of heights, bungeeing might not be the best activity for you. For example, the world bungee jump record was done off the Macau Tower in China, at 764 ft.
BASE Jumping – Parachute and Wingsuit
BASE Jumping seems to be one of the most fun, and treacherous extreme sports on this list. BASE Jumping, or B.A.S.E. Jumping, involves parachuting or wingsuit diving off high fixed structures, such as buildings (B), Antennas (A), Spans (S), or Cliffs (or Earth). Because jumpers are dealing with lower altitudes, BASE Jumping is significantly more dangerous than skydiving. Famous BASE Jumps include the world record 2,717 ft jump from the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai, wingsuit BASE Jumping from Volcanoes tops in New Zealand, and soaring through Machu Pichu.
Skydiving is something only a few people would dare to do in their lifetime. The average skydiving altitude is somewhere between 13,000 feet, with lower altitudes still reaching 9,000 feet, and higher altitudes doubling that. Freefalls can range anywhere between thirty seconds to a whopping two minutes. Now imagine doing that without a parachute? Some have dared freefalling without a parachute for the majority of their freefall. So how do they live to tell the tale? Usually these individuals are accompanied by other individuals who latch onto them when time comes to deploy the parachute.
The Space Jump
The Jump that was done literally from the edge of space. In 2012, Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest freefall jump in the world at a height of 128,000 feet. The previous record was held by Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger in 1960, who jumped from an unheard of altitude of 102,000 feet. Baumgartner’s record was broken two years later by Google Executive Alan Eustace who reportedly jumped from an altitude of almost 136,000 feet. Both Baumgartner and Eustace descended from the edge of space at Supersonic Speeds.
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