Failed BASE Jump On 'Death Road' Worst Outdoor Stunt Idea Of Year

Failed BASE Jump On ‘Death Road’ Worst Outdoor Stunt Idea Of Year

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When does adventure cross the line and become simply stupidity? This video might be the answer. Posted by GravityBolivia, a tour company that specializes in “gravity assisted mountain biking,” the video shows an anonymous biker hurtling himself off a cliff from the North Yungas Road in Bolivia with a parachute on.

The cliff-hugging lane is better known as the “Death Road” for the 200+ drivers and traveling passengers reportedly killed yearly along its 43 mountainous miles. It’s amazing that this biker didn’t become a statistic.

We present this video not as inspiration, but instead as a reminder to our fellow adventure lovers that there comes a time when our own aspirations quickly become someone else’s headache. It took a lot of rescue personnel and traffic management (scant resources in a poor country) to save this guy’s butt.

So here it is, the Bolivian Death Road BASE jump on a bike — quite possibly the worst outdoor adventure/stunt idea in 2013. If you want to get to the meat of the video, jump ahead to 1:55.

—Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy
Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.