Bridge Day— the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival— is Oct. 21, but planning starts now. That includes sign-ups for aerialists like you.
Would you like to BASE jump from the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge? You’re days away from fulfilling that dream.
Here’s what you need to know.
Get ready! Registration starts July 1 at 5 p.m.
You won’t want to wait too long, either. Bridge Day is a rarity for BASE jumpers and rappellers alike. For one thing, you’d be hard pressed to find height like this! At 876 feet tall, the steel-arch span is one of America’s most unique landmarks. For another, the New River Gorge Bridge is never accessible to pedestrians— except for Bridge Day.
So for just one day, for 6 hours, it’s a limited-edition jump.
BASE training for Bridge Day
BASE jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge is unusual. Height aside, the Landing Zone requires some skill. From 876 feet high, your target will be the size of your thumbnail.
Fortunately, you can get some practice with training courses. Twin Falls BASE Company in Idaho approximates conditions you’ll experience from the New River Gorge Bridge. Get lots of air time, plus object evaluations and BASE jumping tips from professionals. It’s a fantastic way to prep.
Flying for beginners
If solo flights aren’t your thing, try Tandem BASE instead! No experience needed, either. An expert BASE jumper will fly with you from top to bottom.
With seconds of freefall, dazzling forest foliage and a glittering river below you, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Neither will your friends and family.
Still a bit too much, too fast? A high line is another way down. If you’ve ever gone zip lining, then you already know what to expect. In this case, you’ll fly from the bridge catwalk to Fayette Station Road— a distance of roughly 700 feet.
Not bad, right? But even if you can’t handle heights or speed, just come for the show. Bridge Day makes a thrilling spectacle just by itself!
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