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Guy in Wingsuit Hits Cliff Wall, Dies

BASE jumper died in Arizona

(Newser) - A BASE jumper was killed Tuesday while "flying" in a wingsuit near Page, Ariz., the Arizona Star reports. Matthew Kenney, a 29-year-old from Santa Cruz, Calif., was an experienced jumper and was with friends in the remote Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area near the Utah border. Kenney hit a... More »

BASE Jumper's Fiery Stunt Ends Fatally

James Hickey set fire to parachute, engulfed in flames

(Newser) - It's not exactly an auspicious time to be a BASE jumper : A 73-year-old man plunged to his death earlier this month after jumping from Idaho's Perrine Bridge, and the Twin Falls Times-News now reports that James Hickey had set his own parachute on fire as part of a... More »

Men Who Jumped From WTC Turn Themselves In

'Exhilarating' stunt exposed security flaw, they say

(Newser) - A group of daredevils suspected of parachuting from 1 World Trade Center into Manhattan last year have admitted that they did it—and it was great. The group turned themselves into police yesterday after investigators tracked them down, reports the New York Times . One of the men says the stunt... More »

3 Base Jumpers Have Now Died in Utah

2 last weekend along

(Newser) - This weekend saw two separate base jumping deaths in Utah, one in the state's Mineral Canyon and the other in Zion National Park. The latter comes weeks after the park, where the practice is illegal, saw its first-ever base jumping death, the Deseret News reports. Yesterday, authorities announced they'... More »

Newlywed Base-Jumps to Her Death in Utah

As her husband of 2 weeks looked on

(Newser) - A Utah woman attempting a parachute jump near Zion National Park died when her parachute failed to open, say park officials. Amber Bellows fell about 2,000 feet to the ground Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old had been attempting the jump from Mount Kinesava, in the southern part of the park... More »

World's Highest Base Jump Made Off Everest

Daredevil Valery Rozov jumps from 23K feet

(Newser) - Most people would be pretty happy just to scale Mount Everest. Not Russian daredevil Valery Rozov. He climbed up then jumped right off again, breaking the record for the world's highest base jump at an altitude off 23,688 feet on May 5, reports the Telegraph . The 48-year-old was... More »

Base Jumper Stuck on Cliff Calls Lover, Falls to Death

He calmed pregnant girlfriend as he awaited rescue 3 hours

(Newser) - A British base jumper spent three terrifying hours stuck on an inaccessible cliff face on the Greek island of Zakynthos before falling to his death. The 41-year-old jumper, whose parachute became snagged after winds blew him back onto the cliff he had jumped from, phoned and texted his seven-month-pregnant girlfriend... More »

Daredevil Leaps From Antarctic Peak

Russian endures extreme cold for 9,600ft base jump

(Newser) - Russian daredevil Valery Rozov has made a record-breaking base jump in a region even colder than his homeland. Rozov and his team endured temperatures below -22F to scale Antarctica's 9,613-foot Ulvetanna mountain, the Telegraph reports. He then leaped from the peak wearing a wing suit and flew for 45... More »

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