Bellymount Camera Platforms
Strap on a Bellymount Camera Platform to capture amazing video or stills from a unique perspective. Three models are available in four colors.
As the organizers of all BASE jumping activities at Bridge Day, we offer jump passes (solo or tandem), 75,000+ photos, DVDs, and books.
The Great Book of BASE is the most complete, informative, and entertaining book ever published on the sport of BASE jumping. More than 270 pages of photos and information cover everything from BASE Ethics to Aerodynamics, all presented in a casual but informative format.
Our Stock Photo Library is packed full of BASE jumping, Bridge Day, and other parachuting photos. You can purchase enlargements or digital downloads, license them commercial use, or simply view them. If you need a BASE jumping photo, our photo library is packed with all aspects of this amazing sport.
Photos - Bridge Day 2013
More than 25,000 Bridge Day 2013 images have been uploaded to our Photo Gallery for your viewing pleasure. Four photographers captured nearly 150GB of high resolution images from the crane basket, railing, and the LZ. Jumpers can purchase enlargements or digital copies online.
The Human Catapult Project
Our human catapult was designed to launch people into water or BASE jumpers over a bridge. In fact, it'll hurl you around 20' high and 50' horizontally. Our catapult was a huge success at Bridge Day 2012 and it'll be back at Bridge Day 2013. It's also available for rent or purchase. Further information and photos are located on our catapult page.
Tandem BASE Jumping Available
TandemBASE and Vertical Visions are excited to announce the availability of 10 (ten) tandem BASE jumping slots for Bridge Day 2013. Available for the third time in Bridge Day's 34-year history, people with no prior jump experience will be able to make a BASE jump while attached to a highly experienced jump professional.
Our Stock Video Library contains video clips showing all aspects of BASE jumping using helmet, belly, wrist, ankle, and other uniquely mounted video cameras. Digital footage is available to production companies, networks, and other organizations for licensing. Popular footage includes New York City building jumps, Go-Ped motorized scooter jumps from a 450' cliff, Bridge Day, and the jaw-dropping "Rhinocam" (a 4-foot long boom pole protruding from the jumper's helmet). BASE jumps from Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliff) are available in both HD and SD. Vertical Visions has provided stock video and photos since the mid-1990's to customers such as ESPN, Good Morning America, and the History Channel.
BASE Jumping Info.
- Our proposal for Legal Parachuting from the New River Gorge Bridge Catwalk
- Listen to our first Yosemite National Park El Capitan/Half Dome jump Permit Denial in WAV format (retrieved from an answering machine).
- Our second Yosemite National Park special use permit denial that took five months to get a response.
- The effects of Antenna Radiation.
- Lake Powell court cases from the 1990's, aerial delivery laws, Yosemite National Park BASE jump permits, and other Legal Battles with the National Park Service regarding our attempts to legalize cliff jumping in OUR National Parks.
- The National Park Service's contradictory List of BASE Jumpers.
What is Bridge Day?
Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event and the largest gathering of BASE jumpers in the world, held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia, USA. More than 450 BASE jumpers from 10+ countries and 40+ US states will leap from the bridge, hundreds of rappellers will descend on fixed ropes, and up to 200,000 spectators are expected to attend this year's Bridge Day on Saturday, October 19, 2013.
The New River Gorge Bridge, 876' tall and the world's second longest single arch bridge, is the launch point for at least six hours (9am-3pm EDT) of legal, safe BASE jumps. Bridge Day spectators are permitted to walk the length of the bridge and watch jumpers leap from the bridge railing, enjoy the fall foliage, or patronize hundreds of vendors who sell everything from handmade crafts to funnel cakes. Admission is free for spectators. BASE jumping is primarily for experienced jumpers only at Bridge Day, but spectators can make a tandem BASE jump, tandem skydive, slide down the highline, tour the New River Gorge Bridge catwalk, or try a zip line canopy tour.
Enlarge picture If you're planning on making your first BASE jump at Bridge Day, please read our First Timers page to see if you qualify (you'll need at least 100 prior parachute jumps). First time BASE jumpers are required to attend one of our courses unless they've been trained by a qualified mentor. If you're happier with your feet on the ground, we have plenty of information for spectators as well. For answers to common questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page. To register to jump this year, please purchase a Bridge Day jump pass starting on July 1, 2013 at 2pm Eastern Daylight Time (18:00 GMT). For additional info, please visit officialbridgeday.com. Bridge Day Photos are viewable at the Bridge Day Photo Gallery.
What Is BASE Jumping?
Enlarge picture BASE Jumping is an acronym for the four types of fixed objects that are utilized for these foot-launched skydives: (B)uilding, (A)ntenna, (S)pan, and (E)arth. BASE jumpers first skydive hundreds of times from aircraft before attempting to BASE jump, which is undoubtedly the world's most extreme sport. Unlike skydiving, BASE jumpers typically use only one parachute as the lower exit altitudes of 200-2000 feet above the ground do not normally permit deployment of a reserve parachute.
Most people will never understand why we jump and words alone cannot describe the amazing feelings experienced on a BASE jump. Many BASE jumpers have normal lives with normal jobs and families. Most have been jumping around the world for decades and they come from educated backgrounds. BASE jumpers tend to be open-minded, intelligent, and curious. Jumpers are probably more scared riding motorcyles or wondering through the woods on the first day of deer season than they are making a BASE jump. BASE jumping has evolved enough over the last 30 years to be considered fairly safe. With nearly 1000 jumps made at Bridge Day each year since 1980, there have only been three fatalities. BASE jumpers have chosen to participate in something that most people only dream of and their drive, energy, and appreciation for living life should be applauded.