BASE jumping has to be one of the world’s craziest sports, right? We could spend hours watching these daredevils hurl themselves off the biggest buildings, mountain tops and cliffs in the world.
What is the difference between BASE jumping and skydiving, I hear you ask? Skydiving is jumping with a parachute out of a plane. BASE jumping means jumping from a fixed object i.e. a building, antenna, span and Earth (cliff).
It is far more dangerous than skydiving because there is a much higher risk of colliding with a solid object. Read our piece on the number of BASE jumping fatalities ever and you'll what we mean.
We’ve put together ten of the best BASE jumping videos ever created. Don’t worry, everyone lands safely in these ones...
1) MOST BEAUTIFUL BASE JUMPING DESTINATION IN THE WORLD
Is this the most beautiful BASE jumping site in the world? Navagio Beach on the island of Zakynthos in Greece is surrounded by azure blue waters and white sandy beaches. Below a famous shipwreck lies stranded on the shore. This BASE jumping video captures some of the most popular (and stunningly beautiful) destinations in the world.
2) WINGSUIT BASE JUMP IN BRAZIL
This is what it’s really like to see from the perspective of a world-class BASE jumper and wingsuit pilot. Made by the Fortuna Audaces Sequitur Team (otherwise known as F.A.S.T), this base jumping video shows Brazil in a whole different light.
3) BASE JUMPING ALL OVER THE USA
This BASE jumping video makes the death-defying sport look like so much fun. Just check out Chris Douggs and his crew as they throw themselves off different cliffs and bridges across the USA. The nuclear cooling tower at 1.28 is one of the most mind-blowing locations.
4) WORLD’S HIGHEST BASE JUMPING VIDEO FROM MOUNT EVEREST
Mount Everest is one of the gnarliest locations on the planet. Every year the tallest mountain in the world claims dozens of lives. Not content with just climbing the beast, Russian BASE jumper Valery Rozov decided to BASE jump from a cliff on the Chinese side of the north face. Watch this video to see how he fares.
5) BASE JUMPING FROM THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING, THE BURJ KHALIFA
Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen broke a world record back in 2014 by BASE jumping off the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building located in Dubai. Can you imagine what the view would have been like from the top? What an adrenaline rush.
6) THE NEW YORK BASE JUMP THAT LANDED THREE ADRENALINE JUNKIES IN COURT
In September 2013, Marko Markovich, James Brady and Andrew Rossig BASE jumped off the top of the Freedom Tower in New York City. The BASE jumping video footage shows an incredible flight with the three landing safely on the ground.
Shortly afterwards, they were all arrested because BASE jumping is illegal in New York. After a lengthy trial, they were sentenced to 300 hours community service and a $2000 fine.
7) BASE JUMPING OUT OF A SKI GONDOLA
This guy illegally jumped out of the Whistler Blackcomb Peak to Peak gondola - a 1,500 feet drop - after prising the doors open, landing safely on the snowy ground. It was said to be a tribute to the ski legend Shane McConkey.
The police tried to arrest the man as he landed but he managed to evade the police. The girl pictured in the BASE jumping video said she didn’t know the man and “was just sightseeing".
Skip to 2.40 when he actually makes the leap out of the gondola.
8) SPACE NET BASE JUMP
Deep in the Utah desert, Andy Lewis created this 2000 square foot woven net to hang over a canyon in Moab. Thrill seeker Matt Blank shows his epic descent in this BASE jumping video through the centre of the net. The Space Net was suspended for one week and more than 200 successful BASE jumps were made.
9) NOW THAT’S ONE WAY TO ESCAPE THE COPS
He’s known as the Jester among his BASE jumping friends. He was approached by the police on Bixby Bridge in Big Sur, California before BASE jumping from the bridge and landing on the beach below. Oh yeah, and he was drunk.
Needless to say, the cops caught up with him and sent him to court. He was put on probation and an alcohol rehab programme.
10) FELIX BAUMGARTNER’S FREEFALL FROM OUTER SPACE
When Felix Baumgartner stepped out of a helium-filled balloon at an altitude of 128,100 feet, the whole world could not believe their eyes. It immediately broke the record for the world’s highest freefall and the highest manned balloon flight ever.
This is truly one of those heart-in-your-mouth moments as you watch him teetering on the edge of oblivion. While not strictly a BASE jumping video, it is still one of the most amazing freefalls the world has ever seen.