They take you to a bridge in Idaho, and teach you how to pack a base canopy and how to safely jump from a bridge. Those courses cost between $1200-$1500. Base gear costs about $2000 or more for a rig, and then you need a helmet and body armor.
How much is a BASE jumping parachute?
The parachute that’s designed specifically for BASE jumping has a larger pilot chute than the one used in traditional skydiving. It costs between $1,200 and $1,500.
How much training is needed to BASE jump?
Most people say the minimum number of skydives to learn to base jump is 200. I have taught many first base courses, and the jumpers with more skydives do the best in their course and are less likely to get injured in the critical first year of base jumping.
What is the lowest height you can open a parachute?
Most main parachutes take 600 to 1200 feet of free fall to open. The reserve parachute can open in less than 400 feet. The reserve absolute minimum would be around 700 feet to land without injury. A parachute is the only tool that would help you safely land from performing a high altitude jump.
Why is it illegal to base jump in Yosemite?
Yosemite park spokesman Scott Gediman said BASE jumping is illegal because it doesn’t fit in with “the park’s values” that puts a high priority of providing a wholesome, quiet, safe environment for families and visitors.
How do you try BASE jumping?
- 1Become an experienced and accomplished skydiver: This involves taking an AFF course from your local skydiving center (dropzone), and then making 150-250 skydives, or more.
- 2Find a First Jump Course: …
- 3Find a Mentor: …
- 4Train consistently: …
- 5Keep an open mind:
Can you base jump without experience?
No skydiving or climbing experience is necessary—you just need to weigh fewer than 185 pounds and be fit enough to hike and scramble to the top. … “This is like a shortcut,” says Richard. “Until now, you couldn’t do a BASE jump without spending all this time and money.”
How long does it take to learn BASE jumping?
Before you even start jumping, you’ll need to complete ground training, which takes 6-8 hours and covers everything you need to know about flying your body and controlling your parachute. Each jump you do is designed to teach you a new skill, so you’ll have more training before each jump.
When should I start BASE jumping?
Generally, the recommendation is in the range of 150-250 skydives before doing your first BASE jump. This will set you up with a basic foundation of canopy skills and a basic understanding of parachutes – skills that tend to be important on every BASE jump you’ll ever make (hopefully).