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BASE jumping is a dangerous extreme sport, involving the use of a parachute or the sequenced use of a wingsuit and parachute to jump from fixed objects--with the parachute unopened at the time of jumping.
The high fatality rate is a likely reason that the activity has largely failed to gain widespread acceptance, and although the availability of specialized equipment has made BASE jumping safer, deaths still occur, even amongst experienced jumpers.
The legal issues that a BASE jumper must consider concern permissions to use the object from which the jump is initiated and the area used for landing.
The word BASE in Base Jumping are initials standing for Bridges, Aerials, Structures and Elevation.
The 1990s surge of interest in extreme sports saw increasing interest in BASE jumping, although unlike most other "extreme" sports which have become more or less mainstream, BASE jumping retains a reputation as a stunt or daredevil activity rather than a sport.
BASE competitions have been held since the early 1980s, with accurate landings or free fall aerobatics used as the judging criteria.
Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.
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