While BASE jumping is not necessarily illegal, there are cases where owners of the platform being used in the BASE jump are reluctant on letting people use their platform. So this page will talk about the legalities of BASE jumping and how to do it without disrupting people around the area.
Charges Depend on the Structure
Jumpers can be charged with many charges such as reckless endangerment, vandalism, and trespassing. There are places around the world that allows BASE jumping. One example is the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho. They allow BASE jumping year-round even without a permit. The only thing to consider there is how the BASE jumper will act.
Another place allowing BASE jumping is at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. However, unlike in the Perrine Bridge, there is only one day a year that you can perform BASE jumping legally, and that is the third Saturday in October also known as the “Bridge Day”. Buildings within cities absolutely label BASE jumping as illegal due to risk of traffic disruption and pedestrian injury.
Emergency Situations in BASE Jumping
To know more about the legalities of BASE jumping, let’s take a walk in the memory lane. It is important that you remember that throughout history, there are many BASE jumpers around the world that has encountered problems with their chutes or other gears. This led to injuries or even death. Of course, problems are inevitable. Some are solvable and some are not. That’s why even expert BASE jumpers can suffer in this sport.
Following the Rules
There are actually countless places that have allowed BASE jumping. However, after months of permitting BASE jumpers in the area, they usually decide that due to jumpers not following the rules, the place will be closed down from BASE jumpers.
That’s why every jumper should know how to follow the rule. Otherwise, it may lead to death and environmental damage. In turn, the BASE jumping community is affected.