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Extreme Skier Shane McConkey Dies in Base Jumping Accident
Fox News ^ | 3-27-2009

Posted on 03/27/2009 1:01:01 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache

Friday, March 27, 2009

Print ShareThisCanadian extreme skier and base jumper, Shane McConkey, died Thursday following a ski-base accident that ocurred while filming his latest movie in Italy, the Inquisitr reported.

McConkey, 39, experienced problems in the air after jumping off of a cliff in the expectation that he would be able to detach his skis and deploy his parachute, thus enabling him to glide safely to the ground, according to the Inquisitr.

According to a witness, one of McConkey's skis failed to detach causing him to spin out of control and ultimately prevented him from deploying his parachute, the Inquisitr reported.

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To: My Favorite Headache

The Steve Irwin of the skiing world.


51 posted on 03/27/2009 1:26:14 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

The Reality Theorem:

“Given enough time and money, man will always find a way to harm, maim, or kill himself.”


52 posted on 03/27/2009 1:26:16 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

ADHD can be a factor also.


53 posted on 03/27/2009 1:27:24 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Neoliberalnot

No. He already procreated.


54 posted on 03/27/2009 1:28:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: politicalmerc

And here I thought it was because I couldn’t afford it any more!

;^)


55 posted on 03/27/2009 1:29:34 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: JenB987

I saw a Tightrope walker at a state fair a few years ago. Looking at him some 100+ feet above me on a windy day, I wondered what it is like to know exactly how you are going to die, just not when.


56 posted on 03/27/2009 1:30:22 PM PDT by Never on my watch (What part of Socialism works and what part of Capitalism doesn't?)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Do you think it was the fault of socialized medicine??
57 posted on 03/27/2009 1:30:44 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: WayneS
I quit roadracing motorcycles the year my son came along.

I know what you mean. When my daughter was born, I got off the crash recovery team. It wasn't roadracing motorcycles, but it was roping out of helicopters and working in some very dangerous places/positions.

58 posted on 03/27/2009 1:35:32 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Extreme skiing looks like the most fun a person could ever have. Watching it blows me away. Shane was amazing. Check this out: Shane - Ski and Base Jump
59 posted on 03/27/2009 1:36:27 PM PDT by Sandy
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To: WayneS
ADHD can be a factor also.

As can Genetics:

The Fearless Gene

60 posted on 03/27/2009 1:36:32 PM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo (The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory.)
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To: Deb
I contacted the agents of all the most famous extreme athletes I knew about and every single one of them was dead.

All their agents were dead?

What a coincidence. ;->

61 posted on 03/27/2009 1:38:31 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: My Favorite Headache
We love to watch Warren Miller ski videos and were watching one on satellite the other night. The video actually was the whole story of the clip that accompanies the story at FoxNews. I commented to my husband that this young man was going to die with skis on, probably soon. In search of the rush, he was getting progressively more radical in his tricks.

He has joined most of his friends and circle of peers. They all die young and see fit to leave small children behind. Odd choice to make, IMHO.

We love to ski ... there is nothing quite like a great snow on a beautiful day. Heck, it's still wonderful on a rather nasty day. Difference between us and these guys is that we do our best to stay alive so that we can do it again next year.

62 posted on 03/27/2009 1:40:50 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: mysterio

the skis stay on in this video - check him landing at the very end.


63 posted on 03/27/2009 1:40:55 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: My Favorite Headache

SHANE: WHAT HAPPEN?
BASE: ALL YOU ARE BELONG TO ME.
BASE: YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME.
BASE: HA HA HA HA....


64 posted on 03/27/2009 1:44:39 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: AxelPaulsenJr; WayneS
Don’t follow. Why would not being able to detach his skies, effect his ability to deploy his parachute?

The way the stunt is performed on skis, the chute is deployed while you are inverted (head down, feet up). If he couldn't detach, the skis would have tangled the chute.

65 posted on 03/27/2009 1:46:29 PM PDT by Melas
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To: Electric Graffiti

Wow, jerk of the day award goes to you.


66 posted on 03/27/2009 1:47:19 PM PDT by Melas
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To: DennisR
The Reality Theorem:

“Given enough time and money, man will always find a way to harm, maim, or kill himself.”

The Mike From Work Theorem:

"Nature has a way of weedin' out stupid people."

67 posted on 03/27/2009 1:49:48 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Clinton was our first black President ... Obama is our first French President.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Thanks for the photo. YouTube has some great base jumping videos. Also look at the “wingsuits”. Wow is all I can say. Maybe stupid but wow.


68 posted on 03/27/2009 1:52:07 PM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Why would not being able to detach his skies, effect his ability to deploy his parachute?

Apparently, only one ski failed to detach, which caused him to spin. Maybe with the spinning, he couldn't get his 'bearings' enough to pull the cord.

69 posted on 03/27/2009 1:52:18 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Deb
A few years ago I was supposd to produce a TV special for NBC on Extreme Sports. I contacted the agents of all the most famous extreme athletes I knew about and every single one of them was dead. The special was ditched.

Why wouldn't they want to do a special on just how dangerous and reckless that stuff is???

70 posted on 03/27/2009 1:57:26 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Watch Rick Sylvester, the granddaddy of BASE jumping do the fantastic 1977 "Spy Who Loved Me" jump from Mount Asgard on Baffin Island...

Bond Jump

71 posted on 03/27/2009 1:59:01 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: The Toll

ARF!

Wormhole Extreme... ;-)


72 posted on 03/27/2009 1:59:50 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Hey, Idiot! Out of the gene pool!

Thanks.


73 posted on 03/27/2009 2:01:01 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: DallasDeb
Must have been a new process

..nope his next to last

74 posted on 03/27/2009 2:06:31 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Why would not being able to detach his skies, effect his ability to deploy his parachute?

That's what I want to know. I watched the video and in his first jump off the building they detached, the second time they did not and he was fine in both jumps. Maybe it has something to do with not having both come off therefore providing an imbalance.

75 posted on 03/27/2009 2:39:42 PM PDT by mupcat
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To: My Favorite Headache
One thought here:
Acceleration due to gravity: 32ft/sec/sec. For you metric type thinkers:
9.81m/sec/sec. In either measure, not much time to correct errors before you hit the ground.
76 posted on 03/27/2009 2:42:59 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Never on my watch
About 40 years ago I saw a German guy who caught .22 bullets in his stainless steel teeth. It was way cool. He bought the farm by falling 20 or 30 floors from his hotel room, if I remember correctly.
77 posted on 03/27/2009 3:04:47 PM PDT by Seven plus One
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To: al_c

I stopped doing dangerous/stupid (large wave surfing, skydiving, etc.) stuff for fun when I became a father. A responsible parent behaves in a prudent manner. I feel for this guy and his family, but also feel he was selfish in pursuing this line of entertainment after becoming a father.


78 posted on 03/27/2009 3:45:17 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: al_c
"That alone would make me think twice before attempting any life-threatening stunts."

Exactly! There comes a time when a person has to let go of the dangerous "fun" things in their life and take a hard look at their responsibilities. IMHO, that time for Mr.McConkey came the day his daughter was born.

79 posted on 03/27/2009 4:59:17 PM PDT by Mila
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To: My Favorite Headache

RIP.


80 posted on 03/27/2009 6:00:18 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: WayneS

Well, cost is always a factor......


81 posted on 03/27/2009 10:56:16 PM PDT by politicalmerc (NObama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Mila

“There comes a time when a person has to let go of the dangerous “fun” things in their life and take a hard look at their responsibilities.”

Like driving a car to work, one of the most dangerous acts people do every day? I fly airplanes, yet the most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport.


82 posted on 03/28/2009 7:21:29 AM PDT by CodeToad (Anyone wanting the government to take over medical care should stand in line at the post office)
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To: Kozak

It’s not the fall, it’s the sudden stop.


83 posted on 03/28/2009 7:24:22 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: TChris
For adrenaline junkies who will be killed by their addiction.

The presence of many video camera indicates something more than an addiction to adrenaline. Vanity goeth before the impact.

84 posted on 03/28/2009 7:29:10 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

Very tragic but not unexpected. Guys like this keep pushing the envelope further and further till finally it falls off the table.......


85 posted on 03/28/2009 7:38:15 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: CodeToad
I fly airplanes, yet the most dangerous part of flying is driving to the airport.

That's only true for airline flying, and doesn't include the first 5 miles of the trip which statistically are more dangerous than riding a motorcycle without a helmet. The accident rate of flying small airplanes is similar to riding a motorcycle, the difference being about 50% of motorcycle accidents have nothing to do with the safety of the motorcycle driver while over 90% of airplane accidents can be traced to pilot error.

86 posted on 03/28/2009 7:41:42 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: Reeses

“The accident rate of flying small airplanes is similar to riding a motorcycle”

Where did you get that funny number?


87 posted on 03/28/2009 7:44:22 AM PDT by CodeToad (Anyone wanting the government to take over medical care should stand in line at the post office)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr
Why would not being able to detach his skies, effect his ability to deploy his parachute?

Loss of balance caused by the wind resistance on the skis. Have you ever seen down hill racers going over sudden drops in terrain? What they do is "pre-jump" in an effort to try to prevent any unnecessary "air" under their skis which slows them down and has the potential to force their ski tips up and backwards causing them to crash......

88 posted on 03/28/2009 7:51:34 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: My Favorite Headache
the last words of the video "if you can put those two things together it makes sense, total sense. Why not?"

The only words missing were "hold muh beer..."

89 posted on 03/28/2009 7:57:59 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: Electric Graffiti
Hopefully the Italian authorities will charge his family for recovery efforts.

A good shovel is only what, about 20 $........?

90 posted on 03/28/2009 8:00:12 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This country isn't going to hell in a handbasket, it's riding shotgun on an Indy car....)
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To: My Favorite Headache
Do stupid stuff and pay the price. Play with death and death will win. Stupid is as stupid does. Sorry, but I don't have any sympathy for people who play deadly games and always expect to win. You play with fire, you get burned. He got burned.
91 posted on 03/28/2009 8:03:29 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (America sits on it's ass while the Marxist - Bolshevik’s take over.)
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To: CodeToad
Where did you get that funny number?

There are 4,000 motorcycle fatalities per 10 billion miles driven. Assuming an average travel speed of 30mph that works out to one fatality per 83,333 hours of travel. There are 1.2 general aviation fatalities per 100,000 flight hours. That works out to 1 fatality per 83,333 hours. Using those numbers the risk of death is exactly the same.

There is much room for variation though. Slower aircraft are involved in more fatalities per flight hour because they spend more time taking off, landing, and flying near other airport traffic. Take offs are the most dangerous part of flying because of full fuel, low speed, low altitude, and fewer options to set the airplane down into the wind on a runway.

92 posted on 03/28/2009 8:40:07 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: JenB987
I can only imagine that when you do something incredibly dangerous and survive it, it affects the wiring in your brain and gives you feelings of euphoria and indestructibility that pushes you further and further.

That or they're really, really stupid.

93 posted on 03/28/2009 10:20:21 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Woebama

He considered himself a “Daredevil”, not an athlete, but he did break every bone in his body and spend his final days in horrific pain.


94 posted on 03/28/2009 10:26:42 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb

Mere trifling details, Deb!


95 posted on 03/28/2009 10:44:20 AM PDT by Woebama (Paying for my neighbor's mortgage and Wall Street's bonuses sure is hard.)
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To: Reeses

Now include the actual number of crashes and injuries.

Start with the 88,000 reported injuries for motorcycles, not to mention the number of unreported injuries which are far greater than the reported, in 2007 as related to the estimated 12 billion miles ridden compared to the 1786 aircraft accidents in which only 334 were fatal killing 600 people. Then factor in the 660,000 or so private pilots compared to the number of motorcycle riders and the total number of airplanes versus registered motorcycles. If you want to use MPH it is only fair to do that for both vehicles.

You’ll find that motorcycle riding is more dangerous. When I ride my motorcycle to go flying I have to drive extremely defensively and have had a number of close calls with idiot drivers. When flying, it is extremely rare to have a mid-air collision. Most of all general aviation accidents are pilot related where as half the motorcycle accidents are unavoidable due to other drivers being stupid. I don’t have that problem when flying.


96 posted on 03/28/2009 11:14:00 AM PDT by CodeToad (Anyone wanting the government to take over medical care should stand in line at the post office)
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To: CodeToad

From the perspective of miles traveled, small airplanes are much safer than motorcycles, but from the perspective of time spent traveling they have similar risks. Flying makes the world smaller so a pilot is more likely to travel greater distances than they would on a motorcycle. As a pastime both have similar risks. The risks of flying for fun are reasonable but it takes the same extreme caution that riding a motorcycle does. For small airplanes, the belief that “driving to the airport is more dangerous” is false.


97 posted on 03/28/2009 11:43:00 AM PDT by Reeses (Leftism is powered by the evil force of envy.)
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To: My Favorite Headache

For all the good it did him and his family after all.


98 posted on 03/28/2009 11:44:55 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
A nomination for the Darwin Award.

Tell that to his little girl.

99 posted on 03/28/2009 11:47:53 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: WayneS

A man with his priorities in proper perspective. Congrats to you and your family.


100 posted on 03/28/2009 11:52:11 AM PDT by LucyJo
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