People have always craved adrenaline-inducing adventures. Scuba and cave diving, heli skiing and highlining, to name a few, attract more and more thrill-seekers. It’s no surprise that falling from extremely high altitudes is catching up. Tall mountains and man-made structures make for the perfect locations.
BASE is an acronym that stands for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth. These are the four kinds of fixed objects that can be used as starting platforms. Skydiving is considered less dangerous because you’re jumping off from a much higher altitude. With BASE jumping, you don’t usually have more than 15 seconds to open up your parachute.
The extreme sport is illegal in many of the spots on the list, largely due to the fact that they are totally insane. Too high, too low, and rugged terrain, making it challenging for rescuers to reach people are just some of the reasons why BASE jumping is banned there. Still, hardcore adventurers are not discouraged from jumping off the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, the Angel Falls in Venezuela, or Verdon Gorge in France.
Official statistics on how many people have died don’t exist. Some unofficial lists count around 250 deaths since 1981. Other estimates say there is about one fatality per 60 participants, according to Destination Tips.