Base jumping is one of the more dangerous extreme sports out there (if you can call it a sport). If involves jumping of cliffs (or bridges or towers) and starting a parachute pretty close to the ground. Did I say dangerous?
A base jumper who goes by the nickname Subterminallyill just posted this epic video that shows how easily a base jump can go wrong when the parachute hits a cliff.
In what appears to be a capture from his helmet GoPro Subterminallyill documents in slow-mo his clash with the wall, followed by a long and hurtful fall.
There is very little documentation on the video, but the description shows the enormous impact the fall had, resulting in severe injuries: “Compression Fracture of the T12 Vertebra, 5 stitches to the eye, 6 stitches to the chin, severely sprained Back, wrist and hand. multiple bruised areas“
Doing a little digging up on the jumper, you can see that he is really pushing it to the edge living his life. I a reddit discussion from a few months back, Subterminallyill shares his point of view on life, responding to a redditor complaining that “his life sucks”:
Mine [life] was no different. It all starts with one commitment to yourself, one call to the local dropzone (AFF, not tandem), one trip to the local climbing gym, buying a longboard, etc. There is adventure to be had all around you. The hardest part is finding the drive within yourself to find it…because it isn’t hard to find once you start. If you really feel that way, then let it sink in that “you only have one shot at life”…don’t waste it! Do what you think will make you happy…if it blows up in your face or fails, WHO CARES, at least you’re trying. If you keep trying long enough there’s no way you won’t find your niche.
My life changed forever the day I walked in to a little college climbing wall. From there it was a chain of events, each logical from one to another and before I knew it I was an experienced BASE jumper. You are your own life’s catalyst. #