Not ‘just Rangers’
Officers protect natural resources, patrol base jumping, enforce the laws
By Krista Allen
Western Agency Bureau
COLORADO RIVER, March 20, 2014
(Times photos - Krista Allen)
Western District Ranger Fredrick Davis talked about David Stather, the 41-year-old University of Calgary respirologist who fell to his death while base jumping near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.
Stather died during a wing suit proximity flight, according to the Calgary Sun of Calgary, Alberta.
“He made a successful jump the first time,” said Davis. “The second time, his parachute didn’t open."
Base jumping is one of the extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventures on the planet. It is an acronym for four types of objects that jumpers leap from: buildings, antennas, spans (of a bridge, arch, et cetera), and earth (large natural formations such as cliffs, canyons, fjords, and gorges).
Participants wear a parachute and often a wingsuit, which rapidly fills with air - after leaping - so they can glide like a flying squirrel until reaching an altitude where it’s critical to open the chute.
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