Somewhere, Dan Osman is proud. Of course, somewhere, Dan Osman is dead, killed jumping almost 1,000 feet on a climbing rope, which unfortunately failed to catch him at the bottom of his jump. But Osman’s spirit is clearly alive in these yahoos, who set up a Tyrolean traverse outside Moab, Utah, and proceeded to jump.
Unlike bungee jumping, where the bungee stretches and slows your momentum and the shock before reaching bottom, rope jumping uses climbing ropes, which, while dynamic, aren’t made for the kind of shock that comes from a huge drop like this. Osman prestretched his ropes to make them more like bungees, but one rope jumper, Bobby Tarver, was killed when he failed to do the same and his rope did its own stretching — right into a wall.
Rope jumping is so crazy, even Dean Potter shunned it. “I did … one jump and I didn’t like it,” he told Outside in 1999. “My climbing has always been about control, so throwing myself off the rocks like that — thinking maybe I live, maybe I die — pretty much freaked me out.” (Of course, times change.)
This video is not, despite the rampant Red Bulling, a Red Bull ad. Even Red Bull might draw the line at hucking cans into the desert. (Or maybe not.) But certainly, this is the other side of “it gives you wings.”
Ah, well, watch it for yourself and make your own judgment. I’m not sure which is more shocking, the flippant attitude toward life and death or filming one’s self drilling holes into canyonlands, tossing cans into the abyss, or trundling living juniper bushes off a cliff. Surely, the statute of limitations hasn’t run out on that yet. The only question is whether this is state or federal jurisdiction…