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I just watched that on my little smartphone, and even at that tiny size, some of shots managed to induce serious involuntary clenching in the vicinity of my loins.

I must research him a tad more. A short life lived to the full, I'd wager.
The documentary about Shane is well worth watching. He didn't waste a second!
 
The documentary about Shane is well worth watching. He didn't waste a second!
But people are always going to talk about him in the past tense. I met a fellow who ran a drop zone and we got to talking about BASE jumping. His comment was that they always end in one of two ways; in hospital seriously smashed up or dead. Keep pushing the limits and it will be death.
 
But people are always going to talk about him in the past tense. I met a fellow who ran a drop zone and we got to talking about BASE jumping. His comment was that they always end in one of two ways; in hospital seriously smashed up or dead. Keep pushing the limits and it will be death.
Hence the much-favoured BASE jumper T-shirt tag line 'Endangered Species'
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But people are always going to talk about him in the past tense. I met a fellow who ran a drop zone and we got to talking about BASE jumping. His comment was that they always end in one of two ways; in hospital seriously smashed up or dead. Keep pushing the limits and it will be death.[/QUOTE

Also known as 'Grid References'. It was just a question of where they would 'go in.'
 
The new generation of gear makes the sport pretty safe so folks need new ways to hang their balls over the crocodile pit.

In the old days it was just surviving the opening of a Starlite or a Paradactyl or clawing your way out of the mess when a 16 way funneled. Lot more arty solo stuff going on these days so jumpers are looking at ways to make it more exciting.

Also a bit of a fashion show these days. Back in the days parachutes were round, the earth was flat and dinosaurs roamed free, it was sweaty smelly jump suits that were never washed in order to preserve the stiffness and neck snapping 16mm cameras strapped to your helmet that required a hand under the chin to hold your head up to prevent injury when deploying the main.
 
The new generation of gear makes the sport pretty safe so folks need new ways to hang their balls over the crocodile pit.

In the old days it was just surviving the opening of a Starlite or a Paradactyl or clawing your way out of the mess when a 16 way funneled. Lot more arty solo stuff going on these days so jumpers are looking at ways to make it more exciting.

Also a bit of a fashion show these days. Back in the days parachutes were round, the earth was flat and dinosaurs roamed free, it was sweaty smelly jump suits that were never washed in order to preserve the stiffness and neck snapping 16mm cameras strapped to your helmet that required a hand under the chin to hold your head up to prevent injury when deploying the main.
Aaah, the glamour of it all....
 

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The new generation of gear makes the sport pretty safe so folks need new ways to hang their balls over the crocodile pit.

In the old days it was just surviving the opening of a Starlite or a Paradactyl or clawing your way out of the mess when a 16 way funneled. Lot more arty solo stuff going on these days so jumpers are looking at ways to make it more exciting.

Also a bit of a fashion show these days. Back in the days parachutes were round, the earth was flat and dinosaurs roamed free, it was sweaty smelly jump suits that were never washed in order to preserve the stiffness and neck snapping 16mm cameras strapped to your helmet that required a hand under the chin to hold your head up to prevent injury when deploying the main.
True dat.
Specialised rigs make regular BASE lobs almost mundane.
Gone are the days of home-made big pilots being held by a trusted oppo and taping up the nootie handle.
Okes these days don't know what fun was.

Normal skydiving is no longer an extreme sport according to the insurance sharks, that's been taken over by clowns playing in snow.
Makes you glad we only get it every eleven or so years.
 
Yer, it's all become a bit of a rent-a-thrill sausage machine.
Have they started the 'collect 500 quid sponsorship a donkey sanctuary and get a free jump' yet?

I recall that whole business where muppets wanted US to pay for their leisure activities.
Until that poor lass got minced by a helicopter's rotors, and that put the kibosh on it.
 

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Have they started the 'collect 500 quid sponsorship a donkey sanctuary and get a free jump' yet?

I recall that whole business where muppets wanted US to pay for their leisure activities.
Until that poor lass got minced by a helicopter's rotors, and that put the kibosh on it.
Skyline: Charity skydiving and parachuting FREE charity jumps
A quick google search charity parachute reveals hundreds of locations, the one above was first and states 3000 charities will pay for you jump if you raise enough
 

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Not seen much of that when I was still active. Haven't plummeted for a while so no idea if it's a thing now.

Getting a little too cool and trendy for my taste now.
 

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