Here's the complete flip side of that "Experience Freedom" video I posted earlier. It's a reminder of just how dangerous wingsuit BASE jumping actually is. Back in January, professional BASE jumper Jeb Corliss broke both his legs and injured his neck after clipping a pile of rocks on Capetown, South Africa's Table Mountain. The 35-year-old fell roughly 200 feet, deploying his emergency chute just after hitting the side of the mountain. Corilss was filming for a segment of HBO's Real Sports at the time and the footage from the show is downright terrifying.
Here's his response to the incident on Facebook:
I was asked in a base jumping forum what happened. This was my response.
Well the answer is very simple. I was flying to close and messed up :) I was going for a black balloon that was basically laying on the rocks and was going to try and kick it with my foot. In order to do this I had to fly low and flat between boulders. My left foot clipped a boulder that dragged me into a flat ledge that I took at the waist at full speed. If I had not clipped that boulder I might have made it, I might have still impacted. It's very hard to tell from the footage. Everything happens very fast. But when you go for a flight where inches are the difference between making it and not making it well impact is very possible. I knew this and took the risk and paid the price for pushing way to hard. I take full responsibility for my actions and am just happy I still have legs to do rehab on.
This is not my first time getting hurt and it will not be my last. I push it, always have and always will. One day I will die and I just hope that when I do, it will be doing something I truly love...
P.S. I want to thank everyone for their support. 99% of you have been very very nice to me :) For the other 1% I agree with you 100%, I am a total dumb ass :) I am human and humans make mistakes. I am sorry for what ever inconvenience I have caused anyone...