Wheee -- OH SHI-SHI: Base Jumper's Parachute Fails On 400-Foot Jump, Survives Thanks to Thick Snow Pile

July 9, 2012


This is a video of some crazy Ruskie (redundant, I know) base jumper whose parachute fails to open and he plummets 393-feet into the snow below at full-speed. He survives though, so you can totally watch it without feeling bad. Those "pennies a day to feed a starving kid" ads? Not so much. "What about those Sarah McLachlan ASPCA commercials?" *spiraling depression*

He probably crashed at about 106 miles per hour (170km/h) but, miraculously, survived the fall thanks to the powdered snow below. All while his friend watched in disbelief, incapable of saying anything else but "pizdets"--which is roughly equivalent to "f***ed", according to one of our Russian-speaking readers.

The man broke his legs, pelvis, and some vertebrae.

And that, my friends, is exactly why I'm not a base-jumper. That, and I'm afraid of heights. And parachutes. And, since we're being honest, I don't really like jumping either. If I get drunk enough you might be able to get me to do a cannonball off the diving board, but that's it. "The high dive?" Only at gunpoint.

Hit the jump for the video.

Thanks to Marty, who doesn't even play hopscotch he's so afraid of jumping. He doesn't skip either although I have seen him gallop.

  • Azariel_z

    Damn it, Snow prevented a Darwin Award...better luck next time. until there, don't let him reproduce...

  • Spencer Rogers-Greason

    Yeah, either this is fake, or they are complete idiots. Minimum safe base jumping is typically considered to be 500 feet, and most are anywhere between 500-1000 for safety (not to mention the fun of freefalling, which is the whole point, right?) 400 foot jump is just....no. It's possible at 200, but this kid had none of the right equipment for that. Plus the way he jumps is completely idiotic for this.

  • Guest

    Ok, clearly it's a stationary jump. Why would you NOT put some sort of cushion or padding down underneath just in case? o.O

  • At 1:33 is the cameraman saying "He's dead"?

  • Sounds like "oh god" or russian

  • in soviet Russia u fall on snow.

  • The camerman didnt say anything because of shock...When you see stuff like that, you dont comprehend what is going on. It takes a while for it to become real.

  • Richard Gibson

    You can see his shadow falling on the left there...

  • dd1234321

    that looked painful...

  • Mighty Molecule

    in soviet russia, parachute deploy you

  • No reaction from the camera man? WTF?

  • I think he knew. Making this a homicide attempt. Awkward.

  • This desperately needs the Goofy scream sound.


  • Guest

    Or a tiny "Help" sign before he falls.

  • One of my favorite sounds ever :)

  • Pieter Theron

    I am sure his new nickname is Wyle E. Coyote, I swear I was expecting the road runner to show up after the impact.

  • Azariel_z

    I know , right? beep Beep...tchew!!

  • raditzzzz

    i must say, i didn't think it was real, but it seems that looney toons reproduced the little cloud that appears after wiley e. coyote hits the ground after falling from a cliff quite accurately to what actually occurs.

  • Bubbubsky

    Honestly, even if he hadn't survived, I wouldn't have felt badly watching it. This is a stupid thing to do. 400 feet is NOT that high. Darwinism!
    (I also love that the cameraman barely says a word during the whole thing)

  • Nathan Klassen

    Holee shit. that got my heart going, too.I would never have the guts to do that.

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