If you don’t have a fear of heights and are experienced in skydiving, you should add base jumping to the top of your to-do list.
If you do not have the necessary experience in free fall and parachute, you should stay away from this extreme sport. Because a single mistake you can make can cause serious problems.
Extreme sports enthusiasts, especially those with a passion for heights, will instantly understand that we are talking about a sport that they know very well: Base jumping… The starting point of this sport is the United States… In 1978, an experienced freestyle parachutist Carl Boenish, jumped over El Capitan, a giant rock mass found in the Yosemite National Park within the borders of the USA. Thus, the first base jumping in history was realized. In August 1979, a team consisting of Carl Boenish, John Noak, Dave Blattel, and Robin Head made a jump over the Royal George Bridge in Colorado and this experience was recorded from beginning to end. So, what kind of process does base jumping involve? Base jumping is done by landing the parachute at the appropriate time after landing from a height at a certain altitude. So the first rule is to be experienced in free fall and parachute. The time to open the parachute must be very well determined. This requires experience and concentration. Base jumpers have no problem if they open their parachutes 5 to 10 seconds after the jump (depending on height) and move to the appropriate landing position. But the slightest error during a free fall can have serious consequences.
Turkey has suitable locations
Being able to fly freely in the sky for a few seconds is an unforgettable experience. Pushing the limits of life, the base jumpers know the feeling before the parachute opens. An endless sense of freedom and a breathless excitement combined with adrenaline… Knowledge, appropriate equipment, and a strong body are required for base jumping. If you intend to experience the thrill of jumping into the void and then parachuting, you must first experience extreme sports such as skydiving. It is also important that extreme sports enthusiasts who want to turn to base jumping are in perfect physical and mental form. Turkey also has an extremely convenient location in terms of the geographical characteristics of base jumping. For example; The Dark Canyon in Kemaliye, Erzincan offers a very convenient atmosphere for base jumpers. Arif Kemal Bukhara made the first base jumping here in 2009. Another base jumping point in Turkey is Babadağ in Fethiye. In 2012, Cengiz Koçak climbed to a height of 1000 meters with a gyrokopter from Belcekız Beach and performed a 13-second base jump.
Pay attention to these names
Let’s take a look at the world’s most popular base jumpers. Born in 1976, Jeb Corliss is a professional skydiver and a base jumper. Corliss, known for his jumps from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Space Needle in Seattle, and the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, draws attention with his new record attempts. Has anyone left who does not recognize Felix Baumgartner, born in 1969, an Austrian extreme athlete? Baumgartner is also a base jumper who features in incredible skydiving performances. Baumgartner, who has the lowest base jumping record with his jump from the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, is known for his jumps in Sweden and France. Zak Tessier, who lives in his trailer and travels around the world, is a versatile extreme athlete. In addition to skydiving, wingsuit flying, and base jumping, Tessier is an engineer who is interested in landscape photography and canopy piloting. Tessier has performed more than 8,500 skydiving and over 1,500 base jumping performances to date.