BASE jumping is when a person effects a safe egress from one of the four categorized “Fixed Objects” using only a BASE specific parachute to decelerate your descent to an acceptable level.
The acronym BASE evolved from the object jumped from; “B” for Building, “A” for Antenna, “S” for Span and “E” for Earth.
BASE jumping is usually an activity you progress onto after you have mastered skydiving. Although BASE jumping and skydiving are two different sports, they have several similarities. In skydiving you will learn necessary basic fundamental skills that will help you to progress onto BASE jumping. Learning to fly a parachute with precision is one of the important skills you need to learn. If you are interested in BASE jumping we recommend you should not bother looking into it until you have completed at least a couple of hundred skydives. You should go and experience as much of skydiving as you can in all sorts of conditions and preferably in many different places. Use skydiving to develop your gut feeling that things can and will go wrong when you least expect it. Make all the common mistakes in skydiving so you learn what not to do and also how to get out of difficult situations. Skydiving will help you develop your instincts of being ready for potential issues before they happen. In BASE jumping there is no time to think about a situation and then react to it. Any issues in BASE jumping need to be reacted to as a reflex reaction without having to think about it. Being able to react to a simple problem in the correct way will turn it into a non-issue. If you don’t have the necessary reflex reactions to correct the problem it can quickly turn into a life threatening situation. Once you have mastered skydiving and are really ready to BASE jump then you will already know BASE jumpers that may be willing to help you progress on to BASE jumping and guide you along if they are comfortable with your attitude and skills. You can also go and do a first jump course that several companies offer.
To start wingsuit flying you should be a competent skydiver and meet the criteria of your local dropzone. This may mean anywhere from 200-500 skydives. You should be both a competent skydiver and base jumper before considering putting on a wingsuit to go base jumping.
The potential dangers in BASE are obvious and very real. BASE jumping is all about minimising the risk so that it can be successfully done over and over again. The real risks come down to the actually people doing it and how they go about it. Experienced BASE jumpers generally have no problem overcoming the risks by implementing adequate risk management techniques. This starts with ensuring you have the sufficient knowledge and skill and are using the right equipment. To maintain a maximum level of safety BASE jumps should always be done with a high level of caution and a BASE jumper also should not try to push beyond their skill level. BASE jumping should be done regularly to maintain your skillset. For those that are overconfident or reckless or have insufficient knowledge and skills then it is only a matter of time before they get seriously injured or killed. Those people that stand out as thrill seekers or have an appetite for high risk are not really suitable for this sport.
No it isn’t. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is an intermediate to advanced place for base jumping. All jumpers coming to the valley should have previous base jumping experience.
Twin Falls, Idaho, USA or Kjerag, Norway are two of the safest places to learn to jump in the world. First jump courses are offered at both these locations.
We recommend the safest jumps which are located on our matrix. They include, Yellow Ocean, La Mosse eventually Nose 1 and 3
It is appropriote to land in the field where there is a windsock, this will be placed in the field with short grass. Please do not land in the fields with the long grass.
A landing card is used to subsidize the farmers for having all the base jumpers land in their fields.
There is a lot of air traffic in the valley including helicopters, skydivers, para gliders, speed flyers and base jumpers. Communication is the key to keeping a safe environment in the valley.
It is highly recommended that you have insurance.
Yes you do, it can be obtained at the Lauterbrunnen tourist office.
Base jumping is legal from most mountains in Switzerland but respect and common courtesy should be shown at all times to ensure that base jumping stays legal in Switzerland.
You will need both mountaineering and climbing experience or you can hire a mountain guide. You will also need good knowledge of the weather and warm clothes. You will also need to be a competent tracker.
This is always dependent on the weather, but normally in the summer months from June until September.
This will depend on how long you will be staying in the valley and which side / sides of the valley you will be jumping. Ask at the local train station which will be cheapest and suit your needs best.