Rangers at Glacier National Park are looking for a person who took part in an illegal BASE jump off the park's fifth highest peak, Mount Siyeh.
As Missoulian (opens in new tab) reports, a hiker visiting Glacier with his family spotted a person with a parachute gliding down the side of the mountain to Cracker Lake. The hiker, Jody Hildreth, quickly snapped a photo before reporting the incident..
Park officials are now investigating, and spokesperson Brandy Burke says that the jumper could face a fine of up to $5,000 and six months' jail time if convicted. If you recognize the individual pictured in the tweet below, you can contact Glacier rangers on 406-888-7077, or submit a tip online (opens in new tab).
Glacier National Park rangers are investigating an illegal BASE jump from Mount Siyeh on Sunday morning. https://t.co/tbrCEn7T9uJuly 28, 2022
BASE (building, antenna, span, earth) jumping is a sport that involves leaping from a fixed object, and using a parachute to reach the ground. Jumpers often wear wingsuits to glide, but not always.
BASE jumping takes place at lower altitudes than skydiving, and close to large structures, so there's less time for jumpers to correct any mistakes and more risk of collisions. Mount Siyeh was the site of a fatal BASE jumping accident in 2014 (opens in new tab), and the activity is banned in all US National Parks.
In 2020, a man pleaded guilty to two BASE jumping incidents (opens in new tab) at Zion National Park, resulting in a $5,000 fine and a two-year ban. The jumper, professional athlete Marshall Miller, was warned that any further offenses would result in a jail sentence.
"BASE jumping is an extremely dangerous sport," said Zion National Park Chief Ranger, Daniel Fagergren at the time. "When a fatality occurs, the Search and Rescue Team often has to manage an additional amount of risk while recovering the body from the extreme vertical terrain."
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).
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