|Lyseboten, at the head of
Lysefjord is a major B.A.S.E jumping centre. The acronym refers to
Buildings, Antennas, Spans (as on bridges) and Earth. The essence of
the sport is to jump off something high and fly close to the ground, then
land by parachute.
Some simply jump, while others use a "wing-suit", so that they can fly like a flying squirrel.
We thought that only a few extreme sport enthusiasts would jump, but the Stavanger BASE club has 3,000 members, and there are many others in the world.
We are told that BASE jumping is illegal in the US, but it is quite accepted in Norway.
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|When we hiked up to the
Kjeragsbolten, we went the extra 20
minutes to see some jumpers take off from the 1,000 meter high cliff.
This guy is about to be followed by his buddy. Everyone waiting shouted "Have a good one" as each jumper took off.
They feel free for about 20 seconds, then opened parachutes and floated down to the only flat land within a few miles, a 50 m by 100 m patch of grass at water level on the fjord. A boat was standing by to take the dry-landers back to the head of the fjord, and to pick up any who landed in the water. One of about 20 did the day we were there.
Later in the evening Michael went out in the dinghy to bring back one jumper who had jumped about a mile from the village, but failed to reach the head of the fjord and landed at a very small back-up spot in the fjord wall.
This jumper on the left is wearing a wing-suit, which lets him fly once his speed is well over 100 km/hour. He did a tour of the cliffs before opening his chute, but was too fast for me catch on the camera. '
We went to the landing spot later in the day, which seemed more peaceful, and certainly less terrifying than the take off spot 1000 m above.
I took the shot above-right of a wing suited jumper. Try to spot him against the huge cliff.
We noticed that the jumpers were much more relaxed than they had been at the top.
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