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Published: Monday, March 24 2014 11:10 a.m. MDT

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Ivins, UT

Good people, but with todays risk takers it is only a matter of time until a catastrophy occurs. They used to have a saying in my flying airplanes days that there are no OLD BOLD PILOTS. The same holds true today. Risk taking has its way of collecting it's dues sooner or later. Frfiends and family, sorry for your loss.

Something to think about
Ogden, UT

I know these 'extreme sports' are a rush for people. One word to consider... "gravity"!

Woodland Hills, UT

Gravity can be a Grave matter.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Meh. Every activity carries some level of risk with it...this one just happens to carry more risk than most (and more than I am comfortable with). But that doesn't make it wrong. To each their own I guess...just don't make me clean the mess up.

sandy, ut

More people die on Utah's roads (by a vast majority) then die base jumping. Let those who want to test the limits test them and live with the results. Some people aren't content doing things that don't give them a rush. Can we really blame them for being adventurous?

1.96 Standard Deviations

Brave Sir Robin:

Elder Bednar counseled against these kinds of activities, if you are curious to know. His counsel is in the June 2010 Ensign magazine under the title "Things as they Really Are." Here is a snippet from the talk:

"For example, all of us can find enjoyment in a wide range of wholesome, entertaining, and engaging activities. But we diminish the importance of our bodies and jeopardize our physical well-being by going to unusual and dangerous extremes searching for an ever-greater and more exhilarating adrenaline 'rush.' We may rationalize that surely nothing is wrong with such seemingly innocent exploits and adventures. However, putting at risk the very instrument God has given us to receive the learning experiences of mortality—merely to pursue a thrill or some supposed fun, to bolster ego, or to gain acceptance—truly minimizes the importance of our physical bodies."

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Fear serves a purpose. It's trying to save my life. I check with my feelings first before I'm a dear devil. There's a thin line before the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

Sad that things happen that was not expected. I feel for the family and friends for their loss.

Tualatin, OR

I hate to sound insensitive, but who pays for the rescue/recovery effort when stuff like this happens?

Alpine, UT

Can you blame them for being "adventurous?" Answer: YES. There are plenty of ways to be adventurous that do not involve a binary out come: you either live or die. I met a young woman who was left with four children, a mortgage, consumer debt, and a grieving heart because her husband loved free rock climbing. Apparently more than his family, because climbing, skydiving, and ultra light aircraft are generally exclusions from life insurance unless you buy the exorbitantly expensive riders. He didn't and his 500K policy yielded a nice round number - zero. Once a person has responsibilities to others, maybe they should look for alternate ways to have "adventures" where the "bad loutcome" is more likely to be a sprained ankle or a broken leg -- rather than a closed coffin.

Henderson, NV

Belgie, you are not being insensitive; you're being rational. And, btw, we all pay for the rescue/recovery efforts of these folks who choose to take far greater risks than the rest of us.

sandy, ut

1.96 Standard Deviations

Why must you relate every story to your religion? Most non-mormons don't care what a mormon apostle or prophet said regarding a certain activity. That is like me giving you a jewish quote about eating pork - it doesn't relate to you because you aren't jewish. Plus, it isn't doctrine, it is just his opinion on the matter.

Colorado Reader
Littleton, CO

There is a reason that this is illegal, yet experienced jumpers and even instructors do it all the time. Sad, but illegal is still illegal. And taxpayers will likely pay for it @belgie

Clearfield, UT

Such risky behaviour puts others at risk trying to come to the aid of someone who is injured or trying to recover a body. There was a recent death when someone died jumping from an arch. His parents said it all. Think of your family.

Bountiful, UT

Re Brahmabull

I'm not Catholic, but if a priest or a nun or the Pope says something wise, I will listen, I'd be foolish not to.

Burlington, CT

I too appreciate that we all have personal choice. Hope that those who choose sports that they love and recognize that they may die to achieve their thrills do so with their survivors well provided for financially and emotionally. I also hope that rescuers' lives are not put in jeopardy. Else let their bodies lie in peace where they fall without depriving others of their family members.

From the article: Despite BASE jumping accidents that have killed five of his friends in the past 12 months, Morroun's friend Peterson said he will continue to pursue the sport he loves.
"None of the friends I've lost would want me to stop," he said. "It's a personal choice for everyone."



Thank You

Cedar Hills, UT

It is so sad for the families of these guys. These guys are adults and they make their own decisions. You can't force your son or brother to be smart and use good judegment. Base jumping is playing with fire and eventually you WILL get burned. The problem with this sort of activity is there are no second chances. One mistake and your dead. One thing that goes wrong and your dead. The wind may blow you slighly off course and you die. No second chances. These sorts of crazy things should never ever happen but again you can't stop people from being stupid. The real issue here is the family left behind. The mom and dad who lost their sons. The wife who lost a husband. I'm an outdoorsman - I hike I bike I canoe I hunt but everything I do gives me a second chance. Base jumping should be banned.

San Diego, CA

Everyone needs to know their limits. Activities that are safe for some may be deadly for others. I know of a musician who has gained fame in some circles merely because he was born with a heart defect. He decided that he needed to climb up Mt. Olympus in SLC to commemorate his brother's death. However, to pull off this stunt, he had to haul a whole team of medical professionals up the mountain with him, and even with that, he still almost died.

county mom
Monroe, UT

Life is tenuous at best and anyone who drives a car along the freeways of the Wasatch front gets that feeling like you have very little control and your life is not your own.
That is enough adrenaline for me.
However, if people really want to take these kinds of risks. They should be free to do so. It is a free country.
I just believe that if they are doing it they should have to have insurance that pays the tax payers back for their rescue or recovery.

Woodland Hills, UT

"More people die on Utah roads (by a vast majority) than BASE jumping"
Well, there are probably over a million drivers in Utah and if they were all BASE jumping multiple times every day, then there would be many more deaths. Oh, and by the way, if the parachute does not open, then you can't LIVE with the decision.

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