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Terrifying Moab BASE jump crash captured by helmet cam

Published December 6, 2013 8:27 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Every BASE jumping video seems to be more gnarly than the last.

In the video above, Thayer Healy jumps from a cliff in the Moab area. Things go well for about 16 seconds, when he begins turning toward the cliff face. Then, about 26 seconds in, a shard of rock appears, jutting from crag, right in Healy's path.

If you think you know where this is going, you're probably right — sort of. Though you can imagine what happens, the actual video is vastly more dramatic than I would have guessed before watching it.

The first part of the video shows Healy's fall in slow motion, while later parts show it at normal speed and finally from a different angle.

Healy captured the video with a helmet-mounted GoPro camera, which means its not particularly bloody. But while it less overtly graphic than Ammon McNeely's video — which we posted in October — it doesn't feel much less painful.

Information accompanying the video reveals Healy suffered a compression fracture on his T12 vertebra, as well as a sprained back, stitches all over his face and other injuries. On his Facebook page, Healy reveals he was discharged from the hospital after about 24 hours.

Watching the video though, it's amazing he wasn't more seriously injured; after all, his body literally destroys a massive rock shard.

— Jim Dalrymple II

Twitter: @jimmycdii