“About three BASE jumpers die in this valley each year.”
I was sitting in the only pub in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, the main town of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, drinking my gin and tonic and picking the brains of the tall, sun-tanned BASE-jumper of a stranger.
“We have about one death per 300 jumpers, a number that’s on par with climbing deaths. That’s how the pro BASE jumping organizations keep it from getting banned. If we’re on the same level as climbing and if climbing is accepted, we should be too. Of course, I think jumping in the valley won’t last. BASE jumping is getting more popular every year. And with the size of the egos…well, fatalities might start to rise and if that happens they’ll ban it.”