Death-Defying Jumps That Didn’t End in Tragedy

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Remember how much you loved jumping off things as a kid? The back porch. The apple tree. The swings (or maybe even the swing set). Anything to get the feel of the wind beneath you. Well, some people don’t stop jumping. They keep going until they’re making death-defying jumps that make the rest of us cringe, and yet we watch in amazement to make sure no one gets hurt.

If these are your favorite kind of jumps, read on. Here are some wild jumps you don’t want to miss.

Crazy Cliff Jump


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At the Cascata Del Salto in the city of Maggia, Switzerland, cliff jumper Laso Schaller jumps from a tiny platform jutting out from the waterfall into a small pool. It’s nearly a 200-foot drop, taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Schaller makes the jump, landing perfectly in the small crystal blue water below in less than four seconds, reaching 76 miles per hour.

Skydiving Without a Parachute

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Some people say you have to be a little nuts to go skydiving. And while the consensus on that isn’t quite clear, what is clear is that this guy must be more than a little nuts. Watch as Antti Pendikainen decides at the last minute to sky dive without his parachute. Even his friends can’t persuade him, and as they all jump from the air balloon, Pandikainen even rips off his shirt! Luckily, at about 30 seconds into the jump, he reaches for his friend, who then deploys his own chute, and they land safely on the ground.

Faster Than the Speed of Sound


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Think jumping out of a plane is rough? Check out this video of Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver. On October 14, 2012, Baumgartner became the first human to ever reach Mach One at 767 miles per hour in freefall. Starting from 24.2 miles above the Earth and with only 10 minutes of oxygen, Baumgartner jumps out of a space pod and plummets towards the ground. Within 30 seconds, he reaches speeds over 600 mph. At 34 seconds, he broke the sound barrier and went supersonic. But he starts tumbling, spinning out of control until he almost passes out, before finally stabilizing at about 90 seconds in. With a top speed of 843.75 mph, Baumgartner traveled more than 22 miles in freefall in 4 minutes and 22 seconds. It took just over nine minutes before his feet touched the ground again. The best part is that he caught the whole thing on GoPro.

And the Little Guy for the Gold

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Even penguins take risks and partake in some dangerous, death-defying jumps. Or maybe they just second guess the jumps they can make. Either way, this cutie isn’t quite sure he can make it across the rocks. This little guy hesitates, hesitates again, and then makes the leap, landing safely on the other side.

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