BASE Jumping in Alabama
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Interested in BASE jumping? Before you start BASE jumping, you will need to become a skilled parachutist. This is mainly achieved by training through skydiving. BASE jumping is more dangerous and requires more skill than skydiving because faster mental decisions are needed due to the time constraint. Just how many skydives before BASE jumping is a highly debated topic. Generally it’s recommended to have 100-200 skydives and/or parachute jumps before making your first BASE jump. That may seem like a lot of jumps but it’s all meant to prepare you for the intensity and quick mental decisions of the sport.
We have been unable to find any legal locations for BASE jumping in Alabama at this time. It’s likely there are many locations which meet the required criteria for a BASE jump but we have not found any which are legal. Locations that meet the necessary height often ban the practice of BASE jumping at their location due to injuries, deaths and the inability to offer rescue services quickly if need be. The nearest known location to legally jump is at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. “Bridge Day” is hosted by Fayette County on the third Saturday of every October. On this day BASE jumpers can legally jump for 6 hours weather permitting.
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Mountain Wingsuit BASE Jumping:
Mountain wingsuit BASE jumping or WiSBASE is considered the future of BASE jumping. The wingsuit gives the jumper the ability to fly as they glide through the air. The special suit (sometimes referred to as a squirrel or birdman suit) is similar in design to a flying squirrel which can glide from tree to tree. The flying squirrel uses their tail to slow down in flight whereas the wingsuit needs a parachute.
The wingsuit increases the surface area of the jumper by adding fabric under the arms and between the legs. This increases freefall times and provides better maneuverability. The jumper manipulates their body position in flight to create the desired amount of lift and drag. Depending upon their body position, the jumper can glide through the air at speeds of 100mph. Most wingsuits have a 2 to 1 ratio which means that for every foot they drop, they fly two feet forward.
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Equipment for BASE Jumping can include the parachute, harness, helmet, altimeter, action camera (optional), two way radio and gps.
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