First off, there is nothing illegal about jumping there. BASE falls in a "grey" area there. Parachutes are not motorized. The rangers actually come and watch us jump there. He didnt pack it backwards, he had an off heading opening, a phenomena where the canopy happens to get pulled out and turned backwards. Sometimes you can turn it around in time, sometimes you cant. Then you get to kiss the wall. Sometimes you die, sometimes you dont. There had been 3 now major rescues there, this one being the easiest. The other 2 not so good.
There has yet to be a fatality at "Super Chicken" as the exit has been fondly named. It gets jumped multiple times every weekend, and a few times per week. Has been for 20 years.
In fact, wingsuits are going off it now, and getting 12 second delays.
There has been around 7 or so base related rescues and fatalities in Az since the early 1980's. Thousands of jumps are made every year here.
How many people get rescued from Camelback hiking every year?
And they were just walking.
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