This is how thrill seekers are spending Thanksgiving in Moab

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  • Flying Finn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2017 5:39 p.m.

    LOU Montana - Pueblo, CO

    Each of us find joy and excitement in different ways. Some enjoy the pleasure they get in volunteer work at a hospital or Saint Vincent de Paul.

    Some find excitement in seeing how close to the edge they can live their lives. It is like flying LOU. There are old pilots and there are bold pilots but there are no old bold pilots.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Nov. 22, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    Flying Finn - Salt Lake City, UT: I apologize if I made you feel the way you feel.

    If your comfotable home life suits you than I am happy for you. If reaching outside your box and helping other gives you satisfaction then good for you. I take so many things for granted, like helping others. (I extend a helping hand and don't have to step out of my box).

    So many people are not brave enough to venture out of their comfort-zones. These are the people whom I feel sorry for. They will never know how victorious they can be.

    Life is to short not to be lived!

  • Flying Finn Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 22, 2017 5:53 a.m.

    LOU Montana - Pueblo, CO

    People with families live their lives prudently because they understand that living for an adrenalin rush is very immature. The happiest people are those who focus on helping others. There is no adrenalin rush serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Nov. 21, 2017 8:43 p.m.

    I can see many people do not know the rewards of an adrenalin rush.

    Going into the unknown and emerging victorious is a reward beyond description.

    I pity those who never try.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 1:40 p.m.

    No respect for life is why so many do dumb things like base jumping or free climbing. You can have fun without being careless and throwing your life to the wind. Most of these young fools die before they are mature enough to appreciate life.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 12:00 p.m.

    Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT

    You said it yourself Utah Girl Chronicles. BASE jumpers are included in the mathmatical set that includes "everyone".

    While I think BASE jumping dangerous how can you exclude them from land that belongs to everyone?

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 11:17 a.m.

    I'm not so sure these BASE jumpers should be using the arches and cliffs around Moab as their own personal playground. Those lands belong to everyone.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 10:25 a.m.

    You have approximately 6 seconds before you impact the ground in a 500 ft. jump. Depending on wind, your chute configuration, how well it is packed, etc. it may take up to 2 seconds to deploy your canopy. Doing the math, this doesn't leave yo a lot of time to think about the inevitable if things go wrong.

    Exciting? Yes. Intelligent? No.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    What's controversial about this 'sport' is that it often can involve criminal activity in order that it may be undertaken in ways that it never could legally, and therein brings unwilling parties into it.
    Many participants go out of their way to trespass, climb fences, jimmy roof hatch locks, and scale around other security features to gain access to rooftops and towers, where they can unknowingly be exposed to high levels of non ionizing radiation. And, when they jump and subsequently pancake, the injury lawyer always comes looking for the structure owner and manager.
    That's why it's prohibited on so many public and privately owned potential jump venues.

  • Thomas Jefferson Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 9:26 a.m.

    What exactly is 'controversial' about base jumping?

    "BASE jumping — leaping from a fixed structure or a cliff, then gliding to the ground with a parachute or wing suit"
    This is not a case of parachute OR wing suit. You must have a parachute or you are going to die. The wing suit is only for the free fall part of the flight. The parachute if for landing.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 8:36 a.m.

    Insanity!

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Nov. 21, 2017 7:51 a.m.

    Every man leaves his mark.
    Theirs will be on the ground in Moab.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 20, 2017 9:57 p.m.

    BASE jumping is most dangerous sport.