They say adrenalin is addictive, but one American daredevil has taken it to a new level, quite literally getting hooked on parachute jumping.
Josh Miramant has become only the 11th person ever to complete a ‘suspension BASE jump’, which involves throwing yourself off a cliff while attached to a parachute via hooks embedded in your back.
28-year-old Miramant attempted the gruesome feat in Tonsai, Thailand, after meeting suspension BASE ‘veteran’ Stanislav ‘Stas’ Aksenov.
Aksenov himself bored the suspension hooks into Miramant’s back.
Miramant only started BASE jumping three weeks before the stunt, during which time he completed 21 jumps.
The parachute was then attached to his back, in a procedure that won’t at all make your skin crawl.
Winging it: Miramant throws himself off the cliff, waiting (and hoping) for the parachute to do its job
I’ve got your back: the parachute successfully deploys, leaving Miramant to safely negotiate his way to the ground.
“I honestly thought it would’ve ripped the skin, but it’s pretty amazing how sturdy it is and remarkable how not painful it was,” Miramant told Outside Online afterwards. “The catch of the canopy is just this relief and rush, about the same time the pain would be firing. It was a pretty amazing surprise for a person with no context of any self-mutilation.”
Fortunately, the feat didn’t make Miramant jump out of his skin. Here he can be seen making a triumphant return to base after the event.
Bloodied but unbowed: the American jumper is now believed to be travelling around Russia alongside Aksenov.