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Reader's view: Deaths of parachute jumpers could have been avoided

I believe the lives of the two men who died recently during a parachute jump in Yosemite easily could have been spared. Since 1981, 256 people have died in BASE jumping incidents, according to BLiNC Magazine, a website devoted to BASE jumping. Al...

I believe the lives of the two men who died recently during a parachute jump in Yosemite easily could have been spared.
Since 1981, 256 people have died in BASE jumping incidents, according to BLiNC Magazine, a website devoted to BASE jumping. All of them could have been avoided. Yosemite prohibits this activity due to its extreme danger. Other organizations also worry about the risk participants face. For example, Clif Bars dropped multiple BASE jumpers as spokespeople in November, one being Dean Potter, because the sport made the company “uncomfortable.”
While people have the right to seek adrenaline, I believe it is selfish to a person’s family to achieve this adrenaline rush through activities with a likely outcome of death. Graham Hunt, only 29, left behind his friends and his father, all equally devastated by the incident. I can’t help but think about the 8 million people who die yearly fighting cancer to live while these men walked the line of life and death through every BASE excursion.
Life was unnecessarily cut short for these men, and I hope their deaths promote a larger concern of safety in future climbers.
Kate Jorgenson
Cloquet

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