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BASE Jumper Slams into Cliff After Pulling Chute, Captures the Whole Fall on Camera

We’ve seen some pretty terrifying stuff captured on action camera before, but this one ties with the skydivers who got hurled into empty space when their planes collided. It was uploaded by a BASE jumper who, on November 24th, took a leap that was almost his last.

The BASE jumper in question goes by the handle Subterminallyill on Vimeo, where he recently uploaded footage captured on his action cam during the fateful fall. Viewed in bone-crunching slow motion, we get to see him smash into the wall mere seconds after pulling his chute, and then scrape and tumble all the way down to the ground the rest of the way.

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Fortunately, it seems he’s okay, depending on your definition of the word. He tallies up his injuries 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” — and, after all, he did upload this video complete with the somewhat ironic music choice.

The folks over at DIYPhotography managed to dig up a comment he left on a Reddit post, in which he responds to a guy who claimed his life sucked. You can read the full comment here, but the gist is that he feels you should go out and experience life because there’s adventure all around.

In his own words, “Do what you think will make you happy… if it blows up in your face or fails, WHO CARES, at least you’re trying.” Harrowing as this experience must have been, we have a feeling he has no regrets. For our part, we wish him a speedy recovery.

(via DIYPhotography)


 
  • Maay

    That’s… crazy. Awesome… But crazy…. The vid is fascinating… really. But…
    Aaah… Thank god he got out of it alive.
    Goosebumps…

  • Mosley Hardy

    Back in my paramedic days I picked up a guy who had a
    similar experience with a parking deck next to the hotel he BASE jumped from. He
    didn’t make it. This guy was incredibly lucky to survive at all.

  • skier

    there already have been deaths recorded on pov-cameras; ski-basejumper Shane McConkey (RIP) for example. the video fades to black before he drops in but shows that it exists.
    And I’m sure it isn’t the only one out there…

  • Socaltyger

    Ouch! Name of track should be: Fail.

  • george

    Russian roulette anyone or to put it another way, a death waiting to happen.

    F**ck adrenalin rush, these guys are idiots.

  • MFG

    No Risk, no fun. Isn’t it.

  • http://www.woodyoneal.com/ Woody ONeal

    of course he has to hit that pointy rock instead of the smooth part.

  • bentravers

    Glad the dudes alive. Seems like he has a good attitude about it. I couldn’t help but think his hand sliding with the flow of the wall in slow motion and the song going at 1:23-1:30 was kind of oddly beautiful.

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    Talk about luck wow

  • Ralph

    A shame he didn’t turn the music off for the real-time part. Lucky he survived, it can go wrong real quick.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Natural Selection

  • John R

    When I’ve scuba diving against a steep wall there is always a current that pulls you back towards the wall. I’m guessing it’s the same thing here.

    The way this ‘Bad luck Kevin’ went straight to the pointy bit was incredible. Staggering bit of footage that runs like a movie stunt.

    Looks like a ridiculous place to take off from though, the air currents caused by the temperature difference between sandstone and water makes this spot unpredictable.