India witnessed its first BASE jumping when Army Signals officer Lt Col Satyendra Verma dived from the 475-ft Pitampura television tower creating a history.
It is an activity that employs an initially packed parachute to jump from fixed objects, as with paragliding. “B.A.S.E.” is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennae, spans (bridge), and earth (cliff).
The acronym “B.A.S.E.” was coined by film-maker Carl Boenish, his wife Jean Boenish, Phil Smith, and Phil Mayfield. Carl was the real catalyst behind modern BASE jumping, and in 1978 he filmed the first BASE jumps to be made using ram-air parachutes and the freefall tracking technique (from El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park). While BASE jumps had been made prior to that time, the El Capitan activity was the effective birth of what is now called BASE jumping. BASE jumping is significantly more dangerous than similar sports such as skydiving from aircraft, and is currently regarded by many as a fringe extreme sport or stunt.