There are many factors that will affect your experience with BASE jumping. It can increase the fun in a BASE jump, and it can also make it safer for BASE jumpers. However, the same applies to the opposite.
Just as how it can benefit BASE jumpers, it can also hinder their jumps. One of these factors is the weather condition, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today.
Expert BASE jumpers know how to make use of the wind condition in their advantage. That’s how you should act, too if you want to make the most out of BASE jumping.
Here are things to consider regarding the wind condition:
The Importance of Wind Checking
Skydiving is the first step to being an expert BASE jumper. And with skydivers, the wind condition plays a major role in improving their dives. Parachutes have a forward speed of approximately twenty miles per hour. It can improve their maneuverability.
However, this can be changed according to the wind conditions. That’s why checking the wind is a must. Specifically, its speed and direction should be taken into consideration.
Spotting Using Winds
There are different skills learned by BASE jumpers and one of these skills includes spotting. It is where you pick out a location that will assist with and be most suitable for BASE jumping.
There are many ways to locate the best spot. One is using the forecast from a weather service. Jumpers can also look at the movement of wind in the clouds.
Winds and the Landing Zone
A good BASE jumper knows how to use the wind to spot the best place to land. There is only a limited amount of time in which he can get to the landing zone easier. However, if the jumper has mastered the use of the wind, it will be much easier.
The Risks of Wind Turbulence
As you already know, air can flow over objects that are close to the ground. This rolling air is called “turbulence”. It can be dangerous to jumpers as they may get caught in the flow and accelerate the parachute which can result to injuries or even death. By knowing the place where turbulence is abundant, it will be easy to avoid these areas.
Clouds and Parachuting
In addition to the wind conditions, clouds also play a major role in BASE jumping. Although clouds are not exactly disrupting jumpers by hurting them when they come into contact with clouds, it is still disadvantageous.
Jumpers should have a clear view of the ground in which they want to land. That said, having a cloud block you from that sight will hinder your ability to come up with a plan on how to land.
The Dangers of Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms are dangerous especially to BASE jumpers. It is very dangerous when a thunderstorm occurs in the place where the BASE jumper is planning to jump as it may cause updrafts strong enough to lift BASE jumpers and there are too many risks. It can also lift up BASE jumpers high enough where oxygen is scarce.
There are any kinds of weather to look out for if you want to BASE jump safely. For the best results, you should pick a beautiful day to heat out and do BASE jumping. It won’t hurt to wait for a day or so compared to facing injuries or death, right?