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Speedflying Down a Mountain a Few Feet Off the Ground Might Be the Craziest Sport

Jumping out of an aeroplane with a parachute on your back has its own risks. But at least in the air there’s nothing to crash into until you hit the ground. Speedflying, on the other hand, where athletes like Jamie Lee parachute down mountains just inches above massive rocks, is basically a non-stop life-risking thrill ride. Read More >>

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Flying Inches Above a Reflective Lake Is the Most Relaxing Thing

How do you relax at the end of a long day? A film? A good book? Maybe a long soak in the bath? Well you’re doing it all wrong. Read More >>

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Base Jumping Into Clouds Is Like Leaping Off the Edge of the World

Jumping off the edge of a cliff takes a lot of guts. But jumping off the edge of a cliff when low-lying clouds make it impossible to see what’s beneath you? That requires a whole other level of bravery, and maybe a little insanity. Read More >>

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Watching Wingsuiters Base Jump Off This Steep Mountain Will Make You Terrified of Heights

I didn’t think I was scared of heights until I watched Clem Newell base jump off the side of this impossibly steep mountain in Switzerland and then glide miles above a small town while wearing a wingsuit. But after watching him skim across these peaks with his artificial wings I’m hesitant to even climb a flight of stairs without wearing a parachute. [YouTube via Likecool] Read More >>

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Jumping Straight Down the Side of a 938-Metre Cliff Looks Like a Neverending Free Fall

The drop doesn’t seem to end. And that’s because the jump is off a near-kilometre-high cliff in Norway. At that high of an elevation, that free fall will feel like it’s going on forever. It’s probably long enough to have your life flash before your eyes a couple times through. Read More >>

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US State Government Once Forced Beavers to Skydive With World War 2 Parachutes

"The Saga of the Skydiving Beavers" sounds like the title for a quirky children's book, but it's also a fitting epitaph for a strange, true story of an unconventional approach to habitat resettlement. In 1948, the US state of Idaho's Fish and Game service decided the best way to keep beavers away from growing urban centres was to strap them into old surplus World War II parachutes and airdrop them in the countryside. The weirdest part of this story? It worked. Read More >>

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Why Don’t Commercial Airplanes Have Parachutes for Passengers?

Seatbelts and airbags in cars save passengers lives. Parachutes save people who, for a variety of reasons, exit a plane in mid-flight. So why aren't parachutes provided to passengers on commercial airline flights, in case of emergencies? Read More >>

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How to Jump Out of a Plane and Live to Talk About It

"It's not the fall that kills you," as the saying goes, "it's the sudden stop at the end." Humans are a rather splattery bunch when dropped from a sufficient height, but that hasn't kept us out of the sky. Instead, we've spent centuries perfecting the process of controlled falling to make the stop after any fall as soft as possible. The result: the modern parachute, a canopy of silk and nylon, and engineering genius. Read More >>

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Parachute Bag Collapses With a Tug of Its Ripcord

Collapsing the average reusable bag into its compact form is more challenging than most MENSA puzzles. So save yourself the frustration with Michael Pappas' brilliant Chute bag that automatically collapses as you yank on its built-in ripcord—like a bizarro world parachute. Read More >>

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This Must Be One of the Most Exhilarating Experiences On the Planet

Witness these people speed-flying down the Mont Blanc. It takes ten minutes of pure joy and freedom to go from its summit to its base. I watched the whole video wishing I was one of them—with every cell in my body. [Thanks Jan!] Read More >>