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GoPro Captures Base-Jumper’s Terrifying Collision and Fall

By Anthony Thurston on December 6th 2013


Action cameras like the GoPro Hero 3+ have captured some crazy things over the years, from birds and other animals trying to steal them to amazing sports tricks. But in all that time, I have not seen anything quite like this. I am extremely scared of heights, so base-jumping is not anything that I would ever do… and after watching this I can say for sure that it is something that I will never be doing.

As you can see, minus the fun music, this must have been a terrifying experience. I am honestly squirming in my seat watching it, I will probably have nightmares about falling like this tonight – no joke.

The fall captured in this video resulted in several serious injuries as documented here in the video description:

Compression Fracture of the T12 Vertebra, 5 stitches to the eye, 6 stitches to the chin, severely sprained Back, wrist and hand. multiple bruised areas.

What a world we live in huh? 10 or twenty years ago a fall like this could only have been captured with expensive cameras or by some guy with a small video recorder on the ground. Now we get to see this guy fall, lucky to still be breathing, from not one or two but THREE different angles.

I am curious how many of you out there squirm watching this like I just did. How many of you out there are base-jumpers? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

[via DIY Photography]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Edward White

    When are these people ever going to learn? STOP THIS MADNESS!!

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  2. Gerardo Arriaga

    Watched it 3 times… I feel terrified. I’ve done some skydiving and watching this video really gives me the chills!

    And I think that hitting that first rock sticking out was like finding a needle in a haystack… in the worse way!

    Hope he gets well!

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  3. John Lee

    Wow that was pretty violent..
    And it happened on my birthday too @_@

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  4. Joseph

    watching it in slow motion i was like “okay not bad” watching it in real time i was like “that is terrifying”

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  5. Hanssie

    That made me want to throw up. Can’t believe he made it out to tell the story

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  6. ocimar moreira

    sinceramente, impactante, e tenso. graças a Deus que sobreviveu, também já fui acidentado gravemente varias vezes , ( MTB, Motoclista)

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  7. Jordan Borrowman

    That first impact with the rock sticking out of the wall makes me want to curl up in my bed…Terrible fall. Glad he’s alive.

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  8. Jay

    Ho-ly Shit! That’s was insane.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      agreed! I am honestly surprised he was alive to post the video. Guess the rock wall an d parachute slowed him down just enough to keep it from being fatal. insane indeed.

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