This is some Wiley Coyote stuff right here. Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert traveled to Dubai for this incredible stunt. They were catapulted 300 feet in the air using a some industrial rubber bands strung between two construction cranes and went from 0-125mph in 1 second, experiencing over 6G’s. So Gnarly!
ABOUT BASE JUMPING:
Base jumping is an exhilarating and perilous extreme sport that involves parachuting from fixed objects such as buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs). Born out of the skydiving community’s quest for greater excitement and unique challenges, base jumping has a relatively short but vibrant history.
The roots of base jumping can be traced back to the early days of skydiving in the mid-20th century. In the 1960s, adventurous skydivers began experimenting with jumping from fixed structures, pushing the boundaries of what was considered possible. However, it was only in the late 1970s that base jumping as a distinct sport gained momentum.
In 1978, Carl Boenish and a group of fellow skydivers leaped from El Capitan, a colossal granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, marking a pivotal moment in base jumping history. Boenish’s pioneering efforts helped formalize the sport, leading to the coining of the term “BASE,” an acronym for the four types of objects participants could jump from.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, base jumping grew in popularity, albeit on a relatively small scale due to its inherent dangers and legal challenges. The sport claimed the lives of several practitioners, leading to bans and restrictions at various jump sites.
In the 21st century, advancements in equipment, safety practices, and athlete training gradually led to a broader acceptance of base jumping within the extreme sports community. The advent of social media further fueled its visibility, attracting both thrill-seekers and professional athletes seeking to push the boundaries of human capability.
Despite its ongoing risks and legal complexities, base jumping continues to captivate a unique group of adrenaline junkies who are willing to embrace the exhilarating rush and pursue a sport that melds skydiving with urban and natural landscapes. The history of base jumping is a testament to the indomitable human spirit, driven to explore the outer limits of possibility and redefine the boundaries of adventure.