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David Stather, Canadian Doctor, Dies In Base Jump Off Cliff Near Grand Canyon
Joe Mintz ^

Posted on 01/27/2014 1:55:05 PM PST by BenLurkin

Stather's friends were waiting on the canyon floor for him to complete his second jump when he never landed, azfamily.com reports.

The friends hiked out of the canyon and found his body about 2,000 feet from the top and called the police, according to a Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesperson. Authorities said Stather was wearing a wing suit and parachute popular among those who do the activity.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: basejumping; misadventure; stather
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1 posted on 01/27/2014 1:55:05 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds like he never made it to the top nor jumped?


2 posted on 01/27/2014 1:57:09 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: BenLurkin
Stather's friends were waiting on the canyon floor for him to complete his second jump when he never landed...

Uh, he landed alright...

3 posted on 01/27/2014 1:57:22 PM PST by TomServo
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To: BenLurkin
Paging mr. Darwin, mr. Darwin please pick up the white courtesy phone...

CC

4 posted on 01/27/2014 1:57:49 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: TomServo

It’s not the fall that kills, it’s the sudden stop at the end.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 2:00:51 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: TomServo

...and quickly.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 2:01:05 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: BenLurkin

Wing suits. These are the ones you can build real speed with and actually “fly” around with. More than one person has died doing this. I recall the one where two guys were flying and one hit a bridge. They were aiming to go under it and one made it but the other didn’t.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 2:01:58 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: BenLurkin

We need more laws of gravity and stop this senseless killing!


8 posted on 01/27/2014 2:02:34 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: BenLurkin

Did he have Darwin Insurance .... relatives, friends and acquaintances could be better off financially.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 2:02:48 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Stalin is smiling in Hell at how well Obama has copied his communist organization.)
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To: BenLurkin

Those who put their lives in danger to get an adrenaline thrill have to expect this. Sometimes they live, sometimes they die.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 2:03:43 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Falling with Style, but don’t be mistaken, it’s still falling.

They are not flying.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 2:06:53 PM PST by skinndogNN
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To: TomServo

He didn’t land alright. He landed all wrong.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 2:07:19 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: TomServo

Keep reading, his body was found at the top of the cliff, 2000 ft from the jump off point.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 2:08:19 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Saw the video...he came in about 18 inches too low, and smacked the pedestrian guardrail on the far side of the bridge, after clearing the near side. Sound of impact was sickening.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 2:08:20 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP.


15 posted on 01/27/2014 2:08:49 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DainBramage

Gravity: it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 2:09:12 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: BenLurkin
32 feet per second per second. It’s not just a good idea. It’s the law.
17 posted on 01/27/2014 2:09:57 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: skinndogNN

no i’ve seen the videos, they are flying just like any glider. rather fast, they can ride updrafts and exercise control where they want to go.

however the “control” part is key. you must have it or the result isn’t pretty.


18 posted on 01/27/2014 2:13:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: F15Eagle

We’ll no. He was found 2000 ft below the rim.


19 posted on 01/27/2014 2:14:16 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I think of wing suits and this....

...comes to mind.

Sadly, the results were always the same...


20 posted on 01/27/2014 2:14:32 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: RichInOC

It would take a real jerk to know that.


21 posted on 01/27/2014 2:16:29 PM PST by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: skinndogNN

Semi controlled plummeting, I’d say.


22 posted on 01/27/2014 2:16:30 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin
Just happened to see a documentary on base jumping called Twenty Seconds of Joy. If you get a chance to see it, it's very interesting. In looking up someone listed at the end of the film, I ran into the Base Fatality List ... no idea so many have died doing this. The list has the reason(s) why the jump(s) failed (if known) which gives a real insight into base jumping.
23 posted on 01/27/2014 2:16:47 PM PST by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Keep reading, his body was found at the top of the cliff, 2000 ft from the jump off point.

No, he wasn't at the top of the cliff, he was 2000 feet from it. He apparently expected to travel more than 2000 feet from the top, down to where his friends waited. Gravity and rock cut his journey short.

24 posted on 01/27/2014 2:17:11 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Vaquero

That’s what it sounded like to me. So the title ....


25 posted on 01/27/2014 2:19:33 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: BenLurkin

"...ban parachutes"

26 posted on 01/27/2014 2:19:41 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: BenLurkin
Base jumping, an activity that involves jumping from fixed objects using wing suits and parachutes to break the fall, has resulted in at least 200 deaths.

that's a lot of deaths --

27 posted on 01/27/2014 2:19:50 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Blood of Tyrants
You better read

The friends hiked out of the canyon and found his body about 2,000 feet from the top and called the police,

28 posted on 01/27/2014 2:20:21 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: BenLurkin

So to summarize: thrill-seeker flings himself off high place, dies on impact with large fixed planet. Not really much news there, except maybe for the physics-impaired.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 2:21:38 PM PST by IronJack
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To: BenLurkin; All

Done properly, it’s called proximity flying. It’s the closest thing to human flight. Granted- one has to fall, to fly.

The title of the video contains a rather coarse expletive.

10:31 in length.

Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W36TWiSKaI


30 posted on 01/27/2014 2:22:02 PM PST by freepersup (Patrolling the waters off Free Republic one dhow at a time.)
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To: BenLurkin

I have never done either, But I’d skydive or base jump before I would bungee jump. I need to control my destiny.


31 posted on 01/27/2014 2:23:32 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

Ah, so he made it 2000 feet. Ouch, either way.


32 posted on 01/27/2014 2:23:34 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: F15Eagle

I think it means that he jumped but never got enough air beneath his wings for some reason and he just went straight down.


33 posted on 01/27/2014 2:25:30 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

200 deaths.

With 6-7 billion on the planet, that’s not even a sneeze.


34 posted on 01/27/2014 2:26:54 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: dead; Vaquero

I took it to mean 2000 feet horizontally since they mentioned that they hiked out of the canyon.


35 posted on 01/27/2014 2:29:29 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Vaquero

But how many of the 6 to 7 billion on the planet are base jumpers???

very few — and base jumping is relatively new.


36 posted on 01/27/2014 2:33:48 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: F15Eagle
Well probably the cliff was not vertical and doc didn't quite clear all of the cliff wall

Ouch? Might not have felt a thing especially going head first. Might have gotten out the “oh” but never got out the “s***” as his last comment.

37 posted on 01/27/2014 2:35:24 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Uncle Chip

Still nothing to want to run out and make laws about. Let people live free and /or die if they feel like it.


38 posted on 01/27/2014 2:38:01 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Post of the year!! LMFAO!!! :-D


39 posted on 01/27/2014 2:40:13 PM PST by Sporke
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To: Vaquero

Who is crying for new laws.

The Law of Gravity is sufficient and carries its own enforcement mechanism that appears to be working only too well.


40 posted on 01/27/2014 2:41:17 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I took it to mean 2000 feet horizontally since they mentioned that they hiked out of the canyon.

I'm guessing the 2000 feet was a mix of horizontal and vertical. They usually do these flights along slopes into the canyon, the type of face you could mostly walk down with some climbing. It makes for a great video as they are relatively close to the ground the whole time they are gliding.

The risk is that relatively close becomes too close in an instant, as was the case here.

41 posted on 01/27/2014 2:44:14 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: BenLurkin

I watched a documentary on it on Netflix. It was also a tribute to one of their jumpers that got killed doing it.

There was one shot of a guy on the green in a mountain village talking to the camera and two people flew over him at about 100 MPH.

I’ve seen the glide-ratio varying from 2.5 to 6 (to 1) Where a small plane may be around 9:1.

In the documentary, they claimed 7:1 (7 miles out from a mile high mountain top) and it showed them just skimming the edges of vertical cliffs and almost touching them with their fingertips. There would be several jump at once and while wearing helmet-cams.

I think they usually start by jumping out of airplanes as experienced parachutists before trying the wingsuit, then some graduate to “base-jumping”.

I don’t think they usually get killed by the fall (unless the suit fails) It’s probably from flying into a solid object a 100+ MPH.


42 posted on 01/27/2014 2:48:20 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Secret Agent Man; BenLurkin

This it? Damn...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF214wDC4L8


43 posted on 01/27/2014 2:48:45 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
"The friends hiked out of the canyon and found his body about 2,000 feet from the top and called the police,"
44 posted on 01/27/2014 2:51:49 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Qiviut

Thanks. Very informative and a very nice write up by his fellow jumper. Sounds as though he died doing what he loved with good friends.


45 posted on 01/27/2014 2:54:05 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Secret Agent Man

What happened to the bridge?


46 posted on 01/27/2014 2:57:35 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Randy Larsen

One of my favorite sayings. But this guy walks away from a l-o-n-g fall; watch this amazing footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHv-4lU184k


47 posted on 01/27/2014 3:00:09 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: RichInOC

You may get a call from your congresscritter asking who had the audacity of making a law while not consulting him.


48 posted on 01/27/2014 3:01:25 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Vaquero

Bungee jumping is controlled by mechanical engineers that weigh you to determine how many strands are required.

It is easily the safest of the extreme sports.


49 posted on 01/27/2014 3:10:44 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: editor-surveyor

Just don’t be the 1st to jump. Let someone else test it.....
“Yep told you the cord was too long”


50 posted on 01/27/2014 3:19:33 PM PST by minnesota_bound
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