If you were trying to put together a list of the world’s most extreme sports, base jumping would without a doubt be on there. The sport is simple, find a really high place, grab a parachute, stuff it in your backpack and jump.From natural cliffs to skyscrapers the possibilities for base jumping are endless. If a location is high enough to allow a base jumper enough time to deploy a parachute, then technically you could jump from it. Here’s a list of some of the most wild and beautiful locations to base jump around the world.
Empire State Building, NYC, New York
The Empire State Building is a massive 102 story skyscraper located in New York City. It is an iconic destination for base jumpers, but the problem is that it is not exactly legal. The last attempted jump was by Jeb Corlisss, who was caught in the act, issued 3 years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a lifetime ban to visit the building.
New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, West Virginia
This West Virginian bridge spans the New River of Fayetteville and lives at a massive 846 feet high. Each year in October the bridge serves as one of the largest meetups for the base jumping community of the United States. The day is known as ‘Bridge Day’ where hundreds of extreme sports enthusiasts gather to hang out and jump off the bridge.
El Capitan, California
This 3,000 foot rock formation in Yosemite National Park of California is said to be one of the most beautiful places on earth to base jump. Back in the 1960s two California natives named Michael Pelkey and Brian Schubert became the first men to base jump from this famous mountain. While they suffered broken bones on their first attempt they started a trend of base jumping followers for years to come.
Angel Falls, Venezuela
At 3,212 feet the Angel Falls in Venezuela is the world’s tallest waterfall. While it’s not easy to find the waterfall nestled deep in the jungle, those who make it to the Canaima National Park are pleasantly rewarded. The views from the top of the massive waterfall are set to be out of this world and it’s possible to be helicoptered in for a jump.
Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland
Overlooking pristine forests and quintessential Swiss villages, the Lauterbrunnen Valley is surrounded by gorgeous mountains that are literally perfect for base jumping. The area has had thousands of successful base jumps and it’s so common that there are even base humping schools locate there. Be weary though, the Lauterbrunnen Valley has the most base jumping deaths than anywhere else on the plant.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
At 2,002 ft the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building on this planet. During an officially permitted jump, Nasr Al Niyaldi and Omar al Hegelan broke the world record for the highest base jump from a building ever at this location in Dubai. While they hold the world record they weren’t actually the first two people to base jump from the building. While it was under construction two daredevils snuck up and jumped off, but they were two floors below the top.