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BASE Jump Nudity, Skimming Trees & Near Parachute Collisions

BASE Jump Nudity, Skimming Trees & Near Parachute ...

BASE jumping nude takes balls. Skimming big trees on landing leafs one breathless. And nearly colliding with a BASE jumper below you is just plain silly. Yet this is all just a regular day in the life of Sketchy Andy. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: HOLY SH*T, That Was Close!

Friday Freakout: HOLY SH*T, That Was Close!

I bet both of these skydivers have never been so grateful for an off-heading opening. Phew! Zoo dive: 1, Death: 0. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Paralyzing Collision

Friday Freakout: Skydiver Survives Paralyzing Coll...

Stupid DOES hurt (a little too much in this case). Videographer Tim gets too close to “Origami Flying Mofo” and a nasty canopy wrap ensues. Origami Mofo cuts away, but Tim’s not done yet — his lines entangle the reserve, which turns into a blue ball of nylon. Tim impacts a cornfield, breaking his pelvis,... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Canopy Collision - Camera Guy vs. 48 Jump Wonder

Friday Freakout: Canopy Collision - Camera Guy vs....

It’s rarely a good idea to pull in place, especially when you’re skydiving with newer jumpers. Luckily this canopy collision ends well, and let’s be honest, it’s could’ve been MUCH worse… like these other 100 jump wonders have a hard head-on canopy collision after “break off.” Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Close Call, Near Canopy Collision

Friday Freakout: Close Call, Near Canopy Collision

Just because you’ve never had a close call after break-off, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. This video is a perfect example of why tracking and separation is essential on every skydive. Especially on tracking jumps when it can be even more unclear where to go to get that separation you need. Up the altitude for... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crazy Close Call, Misses Parachute By Inches

Friday Freakout: Crazy Close Call, Misses Parachut...

When you’re trying to get separation before you pull, don’t do this! Short of hitting the other parachute in freefall (like this guy), it doesn’t get much closer than this. Thanks to Morgan Mackay at Vertical Films for sending us the video of his crazy close call — I’m glad this ended well for you... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Where's Waldo? Near Mid-Air Collision

Friday Freakout: Where's Waldo? Near Mid-Air Colli...

Soooo, a skydiver in this group fell below the formation and instead of getting back up to the formation or watching them until break-off, he just decided to track off in a random direction and hope for the best. Without knowing where Waldo went, the videographer tracks away at break-off and nearly collides in mid-air... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Zoo Dive, Close Call Openings

Friday Freakout: Zoo Dive, Close Call Openings

Talk about a zoo dive. Here’s a dozen skydivers on a tracking jump at the Invasion 2012 and a few of the people that fell behind get a little too close for comfort, tracking over each other — and towards each other — at break-off. The 180 opening didn’t help either. Compared to this other... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -- MUST SEE

Friday Freakout: Double Trouble Canopy Collision -...

There’s so much OMGWTF in this video, I don’t even know where to start, so let’s take it from the top. Stable exit and flying? Nope. Tracking at break-off? Nope. Canopy collision? Of course. Cutaway? Definitely (at least he threw both handles away ;-). Wearing cameras? Fuck yeah! Mario Galvan and Jose de Ines are... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Collision In Freefall

Friday Freakout: Skydiver vs. Parachute, Deadly Co...

Videos like this don’t usually exist. The reason? Most people would be dead after hitting a canopy in freefall. The upper guy struck the lower guy with both hands on his way by in freefall. I’ve posted some collision close calls in the past, but this is as close as it gets and still living... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Close Collision. WTF Was That?!

Friday Freakout: Close Collision. WTF Was That?!

“WTF was that?” That, sir, was a skydiver in freefall buzzing your canopy. This is NOT the way to start learning CRW (canopy relative work). Just saying. Close call indeed, also keeping in mind that objects are closer than they appear with a wide angle lens. Reminds me of the “Canopy Collisions For Dummies” freakout... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Canopy Collisions For Dummies

Friday Freakout: Canopy Collisions For Dummies

So this video is basically some badass XRW proximity flying. Um, minus the wingsuit. And, er, take away any notion of planning. In fact, its nothing like that at all. Instead of being super cool, this is just super close. Like, WAY too freaking close. Live and learn… and maybe keep tracking in a situation... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: CRW. Clouds. Cutaway.

Friday Freakout: CRW. Clouds. Cutaway.

Doing CRW (canopy relative work) in clouds probably wasn’t the wisest decision these two skydivers ever made. It’s a bit like doing a low hook turn blindfolded. In fact, thinking about it, that may even be safer. Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Skyhook Cutaway Saves Skydiver

Friday Freakout: Skyhook Cutaway Saves Skydiver

Having a collision in freefall after a cutaway is a really bad problem to have. Luckily for Brett Newman his Skyhook worked as advertised and saved his ass from a nasty collision after a cutaway… by only a few feet. Timing is everything, and the Skyhook delivered as promised. In case you didn’t realize just... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Insane Freefall Collision at Bridge Day

Friday Freakout: Insane Freefall Collision at Brid...

The tie-dye shirt, vintage canopy colors and grainy video quality is a dead giveaway this is old footage of a BASE jumping accident at Bridge Day. What an intense accident to walk away from unharmed! Maybe they should wave off and break away next time? Or not. On a brighter note, check out Lonnie Bissonnette’s... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collision

Friday Freakout: Crunch! 60 MPH Parachute Collisio...

At 60 MPH (about 100 km/h), the crunching sound of this gnarly parachute collision is like watching a car crash… minus the airbags and bumpers. I’m sure both of these skydivers wish they’d tracked just a little bit further apart for more separation. Remember to keep your head up, eyes open, and cover yourself with... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Surprise!... Canopy Collision

Friday Freakout: Surprise!... Canopy Collision

Losing your helmet in freefall is never fun (watch closely at the 0:03 mark). Neither is a canopy collision/wrap immediately after dumping your main. This video is from the good ‘ol days — 1989 — back when, apparently, tracking away at break-off was only a suggestion. Oh well, nice video. Watch Video »