MerrrickMy problem with base jumping is that if someone jumps and dies, they are forcing a group of people (rescue squad/clean up crew) to go out of their way to clean up the mess (an exploded body), possibly permanently scaring those individuals for life. I don't think that's something national parks should have to deal with. It seems like a selfish act when looking at it from that perspective, although it is an incredible sport, just not worth the risk in my opinion. (call me pussy but YOU don't base jump and if you do, congrats, try not to die)
I have 700+ BASE jumps without any injury. Skiing I have broken my collar bone, sternum, and wrist.
First responders can speak for themselves they certainly don't need words put in their mouth as to how it will affect them. As a generalization, they are usually brave people that pursue passions in the outdoors and understand why we do what we do. I have never met anyone on any SAR team who was biased towards jumpers. I've put time into rescues and volunteered, also every year BASE jumpers donate thousands of dollars in Moab to the Grand County search and rescue. Why don't you hear about that in the mainstream media? Why do they never feature people like me who walk down when it's too windy or if they are not feeling right?
The vast majority of the population is convinced we are thrill seeking adrenaline junkies. Every news headline is written when we die and uses these words over and over. How many of you critiquing us have ever seen a jump or met a jumper? The media has you guys on a string like they do with a vast majority of Americans on political issues. Getting a highly detached sensationalized one sided story.
BASE jumping isn't illegal. It was never outlawed for anyone's safety or outlawed at all. The law that they use to charge us is called aerial delivery. It was enacted before BASE jumping even became a thing to prevent poachers and squatters from resupplying by air, but because some judge said he interpreted to mean the same thing it stuck. Now I'm not saying BASE jumping shouldn't be illegal in certain places but a broad law not attached to any fair justice process shouldn't be blanketed over any population. Just like Joe Schmoe who has never left NYC probably isn't going to be a very good judge on the safety of backcountry skiers in Colorado. His perspective is based in total ignorance just like most of your opinions are. The problem is too many people are too proud to admit their ignorance and cast their opinions based on judgement and speculation.
I pay my taxes, I volunteer, I approach BASE jumping with a ton of respect, and I am sick of having to justify everything I do to everyone. I understand why people go crazy in this world and what it's like to have a majority of the population despise what you do. I have a passion and all I want to do is fly my wingsuit and not have to worry about being taken to jail. I don't want to die and I greatly respect my impact on other people. All I'm asking for is to be left the fuck alone.