Base jumpers flirting with danger

A BASE jumper jumps from the 52 metres altitude Asparuhov bridge during the annual

A BASE jumper jumps from the 52 metres altitude Asparuhov bridge during the annual "Adrenaline BASE jump championship" in the town of Varna, east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia, on September 1, 2013. (Impact Press Group/WENN.COM)

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BASE jumping occasionally pops up in the news – usually after someone has died. Most recently, a Utah woman was killed when her parachute failed to open after she leapt from a peak overlooking Zion National Park.

Here’s a closer look at what base jumping is and why people are so willing to flirt with death.


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