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

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

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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.