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Extreme Air Sports 101
Human flight is one of the most compelling classifications in the field of extreme sports. These articles will help you learn more about skydiving, BASE jumping, wingsuiting, wingsuit proximity flying, ski BASE, acro paragliding, speed flying and other methods of taking to the skies.

Acro Paragliding
Paragliding in itself is no sport for the gutless, but acro paragliding steps it up into true

Skydiving
Over the years, skydiving has evolved an enormous number of disciplines and sub-disciplines. In many ways, it's the

Speed Flying
The disciplines of speed flying and speed riding, though originally an offshoot of paragliding, have come into their own as an extreme sport. In these articles, you'll learn about the techniques, the gear, the athletes and the sites that drive the sport of speed flying (and speed riding).

BASE Jumping
BASE is an acronym. It stands for building, antenna, span (bridge) and earth. These are the four major objects a BASE jumper spends his or her time preparing to leap from, actually leaping from and talking about leaping from. Here, you'll learn about the multiple disciplines that have evolved within the sport, about the equipment that makes it possible, about the BASE jumpers who move the sport forward and about the places around the world that we practice this most extreme of extreme sports.

The History of the "Boogie": Skydiving Classic
You like to party? Well, skydivers like to

What Every Skydiver Needs to Know About Canopy Lines
Each skydiving canopy line type has its benefits, drawbacks and idiosyncrasies. Learn how to best care for the line type that's saving your life.

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The Anatomy of a Slider
What's a

How Skydivers Learn to Paraglide
Skydiving rigs and paragliders have very different characteristics and demand completely different pilot technique to fly well and safely. Here's how.

A Pocket Guide to Skydiving Recurrency Jumps
A skydiving recurrency jump can be an unnerving thing. Here's how to approach it.

How a Wingsuit Flies: On the Wings of Science.
Wingsuits work using similar principles to every other human-made airfoil, from fighter planes to paragliders. Here's the science behind the magic.

How to Calculate Wing Loading
Wing loading can make or break your skydive, so you'd better know how it works (and what yours is). Here's how.

Choosing Your First BASE Gear (The Apex Way)
Apex BASE legends Marta Empinotti and Jimmy Pouchert walk you through your BASE gear options.

All About Off-Headings in BASE Jumping, Part 2: How to Avoid 'Em
Here are the factors that cause off-headings in BASE jumping (and some helpful strategies to lessen the risk).

Perrine Bridge BASE Etiquette For Dummies
If we want to keep BASE jumping the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls--which is not a forever-and-ever promise, you know--we have to work together.

Sport Skydiving With Asthma: What You Should Know
If you’re an asthmatic and you’re considering trying your hand at solo sport skydiving, you’re about to face a substantial-but surmountable-challenge.

Commit A Great Wingsuit Gear Check To Memory
A gear check should be a mantra. Here’s the easy-to-remember checklist every wingsuiter should add to his/her “standard” skydiving gear check.

Planning and Packing for Your Heliboogie Mission
BASE jumping in Norway can leave a big dent in your dignity (and wallet) if you aren't ready-so here's how to plan a successful BASE trip to the fjord.

Your BASE Jumping Gear Kit: A Starting-Point Checklist
Every fixed-object hound needs a well-stocked gear kit in addition to the basics required to simply survive the act of BASE jumping. Here's a checklist.

Your BASE Jumping Gear Kit: A Starting-Point Checklist
Every fixed-object hound needs a well-stocked gear kit in addition to the basics required to simply survive the act of BASE jumping. Here's a checklist.

How to Land a Paraglider in Water
If you're ever flying a paraglider (or speedwing) and end up in a situation where you have to splash down, you'd better know how.

Turkish Delights: Paragliding Hijinks Over Oludeniz
Paragliders crowd the skies above Mount Babadag, the massive mountain that looms over the Turkish beach paradise of Oludeniz. It's no wonder why.

Totally Tubular Training In the Crashpipe
How do you get better at skydiving? Skydive indoors -- and do it right. Here's the advice of two preeminent coaches to help you along.

Play The Game of Sky G.N.A.R. (Here's How)
Proof of awesomeness: The Game of G.N.A.R., for skydivers. Here's how to play (and perhaps turn your dropzone into a living hell.)

3 (Wrong) Things New Skydivers Think About Wingsuiting
As you make your way through your early skydives towards the goal of wingsuit flying, you'll encounter a few pervasive myths. Don't believe 'em.

What's a Mini-Wing, Exactly?
Been eyeing up mini-wings? You should first know exactly what they are (and what to expect).

Parkour for BASE Jumpers
Parkour will make you a better BASE jumper. (I mean, *obviously*.) How? Scott Paterson talks you in.

Hucking Stuff For Dummies
Want to huck flips from solid objects wearing a parachute? Here's what you need to know.

Off-Headings in BASE Jumping
Every BASE jumper needs to know what causes off-headings -- and how to lessen the risk of the most common (and often, dangerous) of malfunctions.

Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins, at Home Among the Big Cliffs [Part 3]
Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins: what the BASE jumping

Important Information About Skydiving Canopy Lines
Each skydiving canopy line type has its benefits and drawbacks. Read about the Spectra and Vectran lines, and how to use the best care for these line types.

Your Skydiving Gear Bag: The Definitive Checklist
What goes into the perfect skydiving gear kit? Here's a checklist to get you started.

The New Skydiver's Guide to Buying Used Skydiving Gear
Ready to buy your first skydiving rig? Here's what you need to know.

All About Skydiving Canopy Lines
Each skydiving canopy line type has its benefits, drawbacks and idiosyncrasies. Learn about the HMA lines, and tips about how to keep any lineset for as long as possible.

Bodyflight: What Is It?
Freefall skills for the vertical wind tunnel -- and the big blue sky.

6 Ways Skydivers Can Prevent Neck Injuries
Skydivers: keep your head firmly stuck to your shoulders with these tips for mindful alignment and training, both in and out of the sky.

How One Man Landed A Wingsuit Without a Parachute... And Also Became Queen
Gary Connery made history when he landed a wingsuit safely without deploying a parachute. Here's how he did it. (Part 2 of 3)

10 (Scathingly Honest) Tips for Skydivers Who Want to Make Money Packing
So ya wanna fund your skydiving career by packing parachutes? Great. Senior rigger Julia Rovnan has 10 (scathingly-honest) tips to help you.

What Your Packer Wants You to Know
Julia Rovnan is a force of nature on the packing mat, and she has some important information to share with the skydiving public. Here's what she has to say.

The New Skydiver's Guide to Buying Gear [Part 2]
Ready to buy your first skydiving rig? Here's what you need to know about choosing a main canopy, choosing a harness or container, and buying an AAD.

Extreme Sports: Skydiving, BASE Jumping, Paragliding
Learn about extreme sports and the athletes who practice them. Find information about BASE jumping, wingsuiting, skydiving, paragliding and more.

5 Things Every New Skydiver Must Know
Before you leap out of a plane, here are five things every beginner skydiver must know before they do their first big jump.

Extreme Climbing Sports
What's it like to dangle hundreds of feet above the ground, protected only by strong muscles and a strong mind? Some practitioners of extreme climbing sports know. In these articles, you'll learn more about ice climbing, mountaineering, alpine climbing, freeclimbing and the athletes who push the furthest limits of rock climbing.

Extreme Sports Culture
The field of extreme sports has engendered a passionate, active culture of writers, videographers, and photographers, as well as a roster of jaw-dropping international events. In these articles, you'll learn more about what's going on -- and what's coming up -- in the world of extreme sports.

Miscellaneous Extreme Sports
Not every extreme sport fits neatly into a category. Some -- like bungee jumping, parkour/freerunning, street luge and xpogo -- are delightfully independent of any umbrella label. In these articles, you'll learn more about these sports and the pioneering athletes who practice them.

Extreme Sports Events
One of the cornerstones of extreme sports culture is the roster of international events that draws top-level athletes and innovators to perform on the world stage. Here, you'll keep up with what's happening, where it's happening and who's showing off the best tricks.

Free Solo Climbing
A free solo climber eschews all forms of protective gear, relying solely on his or her physical strength and skill. In these articles, you'll learn about the techniques, routes and athletes from which this extreme sport emerged -- and where it's headed.

Parkour and Freerunning
Parkour and freerunning athletes navigate quickly and efficiently through the obstacles of their urban environment using only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves and negotiate the landscape. In these articles, you'll learn about the subtypes, techniques and methods upon which this extreme sport is based, as well as learning about the athletes themselves.

Vertical Ice Climbing
Vertical ice climbing, an extreme form of climbing born of mountaineering, sends athletes hacking and scrabbling up vertical frozen flows of water. In these articles, you'll learn about the gear, people and places that define vertical ice climbing.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Proud owner of a new tracking suit? Here's how to put it on for a BASE jump (or a skydive).

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

How to Put On a Tracking Suit
Here's how to put on a tracking suit for a big wall BASE jump.

The Definitive List of Indoor Skydiving in the USA
Looking for indoor skydiving in the US of A? Here's a list of all the wind tunnels in America, including locations, contacts and specs.

The Definitive List of Indoor Skydiving in the USA
Looking for indoor skydiving in the US of A? Here's a list of all the wind tunnels in America, including locations, contacts and specs.

Free Flight Isn't F'd! (For Now...)
USHPA has met its current #freeflightforever goals, but the fight ain't over...

Nailing “The Most Technical Demo Jump in Skydiving”
Adventure athlete and professional skydiver Kenyon Salo talks about his work with the Denver Broncos' Team Thunderstorm -- perhaps the gnarliest demo gig in skydiving.

Stuck In A Spiral? Here's How To Survive
If your paraglider ever gets stuck in a spiral, you'll want to have inveterate PG pilot Chris Santacroce's words ringing in your ears to talk you out.

Gary Connery's "Impossible" Wingsuit Landing
Gary Connery made history when he landed a wingsuit safely without deploying a parachute. Here's how he did it.

All About The 3 Types of Indoor Skydiving Tunnels
Here is a quick rundown on the different types of wind tunnel: how they work, and how you can use them to meet your skydiving and bodyflight goals.

Can Tube Time Help You BASE Jump?
The wind tunnel is a very different place from the edge of a cliff -- but there's more to this story. Tunnel champ Joel Strickland explains.

Wanna Unlock More Launches? Dial In Your Launch.
If your focus is shifting from ridge-ratting to the big stuff, you'll need to get comfortable with mountain launches. Here's how.

Get To Know Chris Santacroce (One Of PG's Truest Badasses)
Chris Santacroce is one of the reasons the acro paragliding discipline even exists. Here's a quick introduction.

The BASE Jumper's Quick Guide to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Planning a big ol' BASE jumping vacation and looking for places to stay, eat and burn your weather days in the Lauterbrunnen Valley? Here ya go.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Risk Literacy for BASE Jumpers
Risk literacy shows us BASE jumpers how we make our worst mistakes. It forces us to open up to the idea that we don’t know jack...and that’s scary-necessary. Eek!

Where Turbulence Is Trying To Hide From You
Like the dumbest kid on the playground, areas of turbulence near the ground tend to pick a few predictable hiding places. Here’s where to look.

5 Steps to Hike-and-Fly Heaven
Not only is it a great way to combine fitness with airsports, it's often the only way to reach beautiful launches you'd never otherwise get the chance to see.

How to Pack to Minimize Your Risk of a Hard Opening
If your canopy deploys with sufficient force, it can end your skydiving career very abruptly. Here's how to pack in a way that minimizes your risk.

How to Execute a Perfect Parachute Landing Fall ("PLF")
The PLF remains one of an airsports athlete's most important tools to mitigate the injury potential of a bad landing. Here is a point-by-point how-to.

7 Tips to Get the Best Price on New Skydiving Gear
How do you get the best deal on a new skydiving rig? Follow these steps.

Troy Hartman Wants To Get You In The Air.
Troy Hartman has done it all -- and, if you're keen to speed fly, he'd like to take you along for the ride.

Troy Hartman Wants To Get You In The Air.
Troy Hartman has done it all -- and, if you're keen to speed fly, he'd like to take you along for the ride.

How To Organize Your Sky
Here’s what inveterate load organizer Remi Aguila has to tell newbies about finding success on an organized skydive.

How To Organize Your Sky
Here’s what inveterate load organizer Remi Aguila has to tell newbies about finding success on an organized skydive.

6 Ways to Stop the Stupid When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear
I asked gear broker Paul Iglin what people need to know about buying used skydiving gear. He had plenty of sage (and very no-nonsense) advice to share.

6 Ways to Stop the Stupid When You Buy Used Skydiving Gear
I asked gear broker Paul Iglin what people need to know about buying used skydiving gear. He had plenty of sage (and very no-nonsense) advice to share.

The Adventure Athlete's Browser Bookmark List
An ever-evolving list of the athletes, personalities, artists, bloggers, manufacturers and innovators that drive the extreme sports world.

Fail-Free Wingovers For Huck-Happy Paragliders
While nice wingovers look easy, they -- y’know -- aren’t. Here are some tips to keep your paragliding self out of a big nylon mess.

Fail-Free Wingovers For Huck-Happy Paragliders
While nice wingovers look easy, they -- y’know -- aren’t. Here are some tips to keep your paragliding self out of a big nylon mess.

Skydiving Canopy Fabric 101: The Stuff Wings are Made Of
Here's the skinny on skydiving canopy fabric: how it's made, the benefits of each type -- and the tricky little problems to watch out for.

What Makes You Different
Are you sharing the sky with us? Neil Amonson has something to say to you.

What's a Reserve Static Line?: Understanding That Funny Little Metal Clip
The little metal clip on your riser could save your life someday. Here's where it came from, what it is, what it does and how to make sure it works for you.

What You Don't Know About Insurance for BASE and Paragliding
Insurance for BASE jumpers, paragliders and other ground-launched airsports is a very tricky subject indeed. Here's an industry expert's savvy advice.

Troy Hartman Knows You Can Fly.
Troy Hartman has done it all -- and, if you're keen to speed fly, he'd like to take you along for the ride.

Top 10 Tips For Aspiring Acro Pilots
Want to take up the acro discipline? The champ acrobatic paragliding pilots of HapiAcro have a few tips for you.

Planning for The Lost Prairie Boogie, Part 2
Wish there was a summer camp for skydivers? There is! If you want to join the Lost Prairie circus, here's the beta for a flawless trip.

How Sci-Fi TV Can Make You a Better Skydiver
1980s sci-fi and neuroscience aren't just for nerds: they share a sweet trick for skydiving accuracy. Rather land in the peas than the trees? Read on.

Understanding the Stall: What Happens When Your Canopy Stops Flying
It's vital for skydivers, PG pilots and BASE jumpers to understand what happens during a stall -- and find their own system's stall point. Here's how.

The Smart Skydiver's Guide: How to Identify (and Avoid) Line Burn
Here's how to identify line burn on your skydiving gear -- and how to avoid it in the first place.

The 7 Keys to Downsizing Your Skydiving Canopy [Part 2]
Read this before you buy a smaller canopy. Srsly.

Wrongheaded Downsizing Can End Your Career. Here's How to Do It Right.
Read this before you buy a smaller canopy. Srsly.

Advice on Stepping Up to a Higher-Performance Glider
Before you bump up to the next level of paraglider performance, you must ask yourself if you are really ready for a new glider, or do you just need new skills?

Stepping Up to a Higher-Performance Glider: What You Need to Know First
Before you bump up to the next level of paraglider performance, you must ask yourself some very important questions.

Rise of the Squirrel
The Squirrel story started with wingsuits -- but it's much bigger than that now.

Planning for The Lost Prairie Boogie
Wish there was a summer camp for skydivers? There is! Read about the Lost Prairie circus, and driving over 3 hours to get there in Washington.

Paradise Jumped: The 1st Annual Pearl Island Boogie
In April 2014, 30 skydivers converged on a tiny island off the Pacific coast of Panama. The result was unlike any other boogie on the planet.

Automatic Activation Devices: What You Need to Know
What you need to know about the function, options and risks of automatic activation devices (AADs) for skydiving.

Love and Turbulence: BASE Jumping the Turkish Tower
Every May, dozens of international athletes jump from Istanbul's Sapphire Tower -- Europe's tallest residential building. Here's how it went down in 2013.

Istanbul's ProBASE Sapphire Showdown
Every May, dozens of international athletes jump from Istanbul's Sapphire Tower -- Europe's tallest residential building. Here's how it went down in 2013.

Jeannie Bartholomew Will Swoop Right Past You [Part 2]
If you're swooping with Jeannie Bartholomew, you'll likely only catch a glimpse of pink out of the corner of your eye. Here's her (awesome) story.

Jeannie Bartholomew Will Swoop Right Past You
If you're swooping with Jeannie Bartholomew, you'll likely only catch a glimpse of pink out of the corner of your eye. Here's her (awesome) story.

Want to Start Skydiving? Read This First.
It's easy to start skydiving -- and, once you have your skydiving certification, you'll likely never stop.

How to Start Paragliding
Take your spark of interest in free flight and develop it into a full-on nylon avocation.

How to Ride the Unrideables: Jon DeVore Talks You In
Jon DeVore, Red Bull Air Force Pilot (and team manager) just knocked his childhood dream out of the park. Here's how he did it - and how you can, too.

How to Ride the Unrideables
Jon DeVore, Red Bull Air Force Pilot (and team manager) just knocked his childhood dream out of the park. Here's how he did it - and how you can, too.

How to Keep a (Painless) Skydiving Logbook
Your logbook is the place where you record your history in the sport of skydiving. Here are your best logbook options: from paper to web to phone.

Why to Buy Used Gear as a New Skydiver
Why to Buy Used Gear as a New Skydiver -- and How To Be Smart About It.

Ski-Launching Tips For Wanna-Be Snowbirdies
Once snow is on the ground, it's time to try the toe-tingling frankensport of ski launching. Here's how to take your glider on a snow day.

How to Get Your First Acro Wing (Without Getting Hurt)
Before you fork over for a new acro wing, you'll need to know how to keep it from turning you into a pilot-sized divot in the hill. Here's how.

Here There Be Tygers: Jumping China's Fantasy Bridge
It's the biggest, baddest bridge huck in the word: the Balinghe Bridge BASE Invitational. Here's how it went (way, way, WAY) down.

Here There Be Tygers: Jumping China's Fantasy Bridge
It's the biggest, baddest bridge huck in the word: the Balinghe Bridge BASE Invitational. Here's how it went (way, way, WAY) down.

Here There Be Tygers: Jumping China's Fantasy Bridge
It's the biggest, baddest bridge huck in the word: the Balinghe Bridge BASE Invitational. Here's how it went (way, way, WAY) down.

Here There Be Tygers: Jumping China's Fantasy Bridge
It's the biggest, baddest bridge huck in the word: the Balinghe Bridge BASE Invitational. Here's how it went (way, way, WAY) down.

Girls Just Wanna Get Flying [Part 2]
The

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

Girls Just Wanna Get Flying
The

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

Fluid Dynamics
Remember those lines between skydiving, paragliding and speedflying? They're about to blur. Bigtime. Here comes Fluid Wings, everybody...

Fluid Dynamics
Remember those lines between skydiving, paragliding and speedflying? They're about to blur. Bigtime. Here comes Fluid Wings, everybody...

Fluid Dynamics
Remember those lines between skydiving, paragliding and speedflying? They're about to blur. Bigtime. Here comes Fluid Wings, everybody...

Fluid Dynamics
Remember those lines between skydiving, paragliding and speedflying? They're about to blur. Bigtime. Here comes Fluid Wings, everybody...

Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins, at Home Among the Big Cliffs [Part 2]
Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins talk about jumping from the Ba Ling Bridge in China, to starting the Valley BASE Gear shop in Switzerland.

Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins, at Home Among the Big Cliffs [Part 4]
Dan Vicary and Lisa Hutchins: what the BASE jumping

What's Indoor Skydiving?
Vertical wind tunnels are turbocharging skydiver training, forging new disciplines and teaching preschool kids to fly head-down--but what *are* they?

Choose Your Own (Skydiving Training) Adventure, Part 3
Behavioral Analyst Alix Raymond tackled her skydiving training rather differently -- and encourages you to join her in stepping off the conveyor belt to skydiverhood.

Choose Your Own (Skydiving Training) Adventure
Behavioral Analyst Alix Raymond tackled her skydiving training rather differently -- and encourages you to join her in stepping off the conveyor belt to skydiverhood.

Ankle Protection for BASE Jumping
Even if you’ve never sustained an ankle injury in your airsports career, it is well worth shoring up against. Here's what you need to know.

Don't Cut Away Before You Read This
Don't feel ready for a cutaway? You're not alone -- but there are a number of proven ways to boost your confidence (and, therefore, safety).

How To Dance The Crosswind Tango
Landing a ram-air and walking on a slackline can occasionally be toe-tinglingly similar tasks. Here's how to pull off a perfect crosswind landing.

Paragliding Comps for Newbies [Part 3]
So what if you’re still on sled runs? Every Paragliding World Cup pilot has to start somewhere.

Paragliding Comps for Newbies
So what if you’re still on sled runs? Every Paragliding World Cup pilot has to start somewhere.

Paragliding Comps for Newbies [Part 2]
So what if you’re still on sled runs? Every Paragliding World Cup pilot has to start somewhere.

How to Fly In Circles (And Not Get Yelled At)
To avoid being on the receiving end of, um, *thermal birdsong*, make yourself aware of what's expected from you in the circling crowd.

How Fluid Dynamics Keep You In One Piece
Air is slippery stuff, and our airborne lives depend on our airfoils catching it and keeping it. Here's the best way science has yet found to do that.

How to Quit Whining and Love the Sled Ride
Sled rides are your ticket to launch (and landing) currency: often, just what the doctor ordered for your flying career.

How to Land a Paraglider Perfectly, Every Time [Part 2]
Work on these paragliding landing techniques, including learning to see invisible dangers, staying aware of your hands, not tripping on your flare, and emergency landings.

The Art of DZOing, Part 3
Four DZOs of one of the world's largest dropzones, including Lelo Mraz and Claudia Blank, talk about what it means to DZO.

Rise of the Squirrel [Part 3]
Read about the Squirrel story that started with wingsuits from paragliding, to their factory in Ho Chi Minh City, and their current developments in BASE jumping gear.

How to Get a BASE Jumper Number - Cost and Benefits
Getting a BASE number is a big moment. Read on to find out how you can get a BASE number, how much it costs, benefits of having one, and if you need one to be a BASE jumper.

Hucking Stuff (For Dummies)
Want to huck flips from solid objects wearing a parachute? Here's what you need to know, including how aerials cause low openings, canopy malfunctions, and more.

How to Achieve A Solo Free Fall Skydive
It's easy to start skydiving after choosing a training method, earning your license, and becoming comfortable by skydiving consistently

How to Buy Used Skydiving Gear [Part 2]
Read this article about different tips on how to be smart about buying used skydiving gear, including used harnesses, container systems, and AAD.

Turkish Despair, Part 2
Adam Fischbach breaks his back paragliding in Mount Babadag in Turkey, and lives to tell the tale from his hour-long descent down to the regional hospital in Fethiye.

What is "Extreme Sports"?
How do we define what's

What is "Extreme Sports"? [Part 2]
How do we define what's

How To Work A House Thermal
The house thermal: it's the reliable elevator up from every paragliding launch. Here's how to find it (and use it!).

What is "BASE Jumping," Exactly?
What is

How to Land a Paraglider Perfectly, Every Time
Want to stop biffing in? Work on these paragliding landing techniques at your home hill. Your legs will thank you.

What to Expect from a Mini-Wing
Picked up a new mini-wing? Awesome. Here's what you need to know to make those first flights a resounding success.

Paragliding Just Got Punched In The Face.
Hey, Americans: Ready for a bunch of paper-pushers to take your recreational paragliding away? 'Cause if we don't stand with USHPA, it's gonna happen.

Traveling With Your Paraglider: A Tipsheet
Here's a roll call of the best tips to get you and your glider delivered safely to a successful airborne vacation.

The Art of DZOing, Part 2
Four DZOs - of one of the world's largest dropzones, one of the newest and of one of the coolest old-DZ

The Smart Skydiver's Guide to Line Burn
Here's how to identify line burn on your skydiving gear -- and how to avoid it in the first place.

All About Opening Shock
Opening shock is a multi-part phenomenon that can really beat you up. Here's what you need to know about its various components (and what you can do to manage them.)

All About Opening Shock
Opening shock is a multi-part phenomenon that can really beat you up. Here's what you need to know about its various components (and what you can do to manage them.)

All About Opening Shock [Part 2]
Opening shock is a multi-part phenomenon that can really beat you up. Here's what you need to know about its various components (and what you can do to manage them.)

The Bare-Bones Guide to Skydiving Reserve Selection
A ride under the wrong reserve rarely ends well. How to choose one that stacks the odds in your favor? Like this.

How Sci-Fi TV Can Make You a Better Skydiver
1980s sci-fi and neuroscience aren't just for nerds: they share a sweet trick for skydiving accuracy. Rather land in the peas than the trees? Read on.

How to Start Paragliding
Take your spark of interest in free flight and develop it into a full-on nylon avocation.

Love and Turbulence: BASE Jumping the Turkish Tower [Part 3]
Every May, dozens of international athletes jump from Istanbul's Sapphire Tower -- Europe's tallest residential building. Here's how it went down in 2013.

What You Don't Know About Insurance for BASE and Paragliding
Insurance for BASE jumpers, paragliders and other ground-launched airsports is a very tricky subject indeed. Here's an industry expert's savvy advice.

What's a Reserve Static Line?: Understanding That Funny Little Metal Clip
The little metal clip on your riser could save your life someday. Here's where it came from, what it is, what it does and how to make sure it works for you.

How To Start BASE Jumping: BASE First Jump Courses in the USA
Looking to learn how to BASE jump? If you're American, you'll almost certainly start the journey in Idaho. Here's how.

What You Don't Know About Skydiving Canopy Fabric [Part 2]
Here's the skinny on skydiving canopy fabric: how it's made, the benefits of each type -- and the tricky little problems to watch out for.

What Makes You Different
Are you sharing the sky with us? Neil Amonson has something to say to you.

You Don't Know Jack Daw (But You Will Soon)
Wingsuit BASE jumpers, trackers and other bigwall para-alpinists, listen up: you just got a cool new toy.

What's a "Ram-Air" Canopy?
definition of a ram-air wing. Extreme Sports.

The Hoboroll: Your New Boogie Buddy
An organized gear bag makes for a much smoother skydiving day -- and the Hoboroll is a great step in that direction.

Good Karma
After the Gorkha earthquake, Nepal was devastated. A bunch of paragliding pilots were some of the first to help. Here's their story.

What Does It Cost to Skydive?
Wanna skydive? Here's a quick rundown of what you can expect to pay (and how to get a better deal, while you're at it).

The Untold Story of Wills Wing
The history of Wills Wing is a classically American story.

The Key to Wingsuit Badassitiness? Never Stop Learning.
Douglas Spotted Eagle - wingsuiting advocate, competitor, instructor and organizer - wants to help you fly better (and safer). Listen up.

About That USHPA Newsletter You Deleted
Are you an USHPA member? Then you recently got an email. If you deleted it, you saved yourself a scare - but if you failed to read it, you should.

The Coolest New Bits of Skydiving Gear
The five must-have skydiving gear accessories for Fall 2014 -- they're here, and they're awesome.

Ski-Launching Tips For Wanna-Be Snowbirdies
Once snow is on the ground, it's time to try the toe-tingling frankensport of ski launching. Here's how to take your glider on a snow day.

A Snow Day for Your Little Wing: 7 Steps to Speedflying Over Snow
Speed riding is indeed as awesome as you've heard it is -- and it's not, as you may have heard, only for crazy people. Here's the smart approach.

Don't Cut Away Before You Read This [Part 2]
Don't feel ready for a cutaway? You're not alone -- but there are a number of proven ways to boost your confidence (and, therefore, safety).

Understanding the Stall: What Happens When Your Canopy Stops Flying
It's vital for skydivers, PG pilots and BASE jumpers to understand what happens during a stall -- and find their own system's stall point. Here's how.

All About REGA: Your Guardian Angel Whirlybirds in Switzerland
If you're a responsible BASE jumper in Switzerland, the REGA sticker is on your helmet -- but do you really know what magical powers that sticker has?

Fluid Dynamics
Remember those lines between skydiving, paragliding and speedflying? They're about to blur. Bigtime. Here comes Fluid Wings, everybody...

Paragliding Tree Landings 101
Even if you're a great pilot, there's a chance that you and your PG wing may meet a tree someday. Here's your 8-step guide to minimize the damage.

Density Altitude 101
If you tumble halfway down a new landing area, you might be the victim of high density altitude. Read this to avoid the grass stains.

How to Get Your First Acro Wing (Without Getting Hurt)
Before you fork over for a new acro wing, you'll need to know how to keep it from turning you into a pilot-sized divot in the hill. Here's how.

6 Things Smart Pilots Know About Their Paragliding Reserves
If the need arises, a reserve deployment may let you live to fly again. Here's how to develop a meaningful relationship with your

Top 10 Tips For Aspiring Acro Pilots [Part 2]
Want to take up the acro discipline? The champ acrobatic paragliding pilots of HapiAcro have a few tips for you.

How to Keep a (Painless) Skydiving Logbook -- Digitally [Part 2]
Your logbook is the place where you record your history in the sport of skydiving. Here are your best logbook options: from paper to web to phone.

Parkour for BASE Jumpers
Parkour will make you a better BASE jumper. (I mean, *obviously*.) How? Scott Paterson talks you in.

Why You Need Canopy Instruction (And Where to Look)
Don't break up with skydiving over a troubled relationship with your nylon. Here's help.

8 Must-Follow Rules for Buying a Main Skydiving Canopy
Are you about to buy a main skydiving canopy? Don't dive into the process without some important foreknowledge.

How to Choose a BASE Canopy (The Malarkey-Free Way)
The best BASE jumping canopy is the one that does what you expect it to do. The best way to find it? Methodical testing. Here's how.

So What Else Do You Do?
You are so much more interesting than your nylon. I *know* you are. Why not share it?

All About SIV
To be a safer paragliding pilot, you need to cause your wing to malfunction (within the context of an organized SIV course, that is). Here's how.

Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping involves leaping from a tall structure (or, in some cases, a hovering aircraft such as a hot-air balloon), without a parachute -- simply connected to the heights with a thick, elastic cord. While generally a tourist activity, some athletes have evolved the art of bungee jumping to that of an extreme sport. In these articles, you'll learn about them, where they jump and what they do during the short, springy fall.

Extreme Motorsports
Every motor sport has a hint of

Freestyle Motocross
Freestyle motocross, or

Question & Answer: BASE Numbers
Getting a BASE number is a big moment. Read on if you're curious to know what they are, the history of the practice and how to get one of your own.

Paradise Jumped [Part 4]
In April 2014, 30 skydivers converged on a tiny island off the Pacific coast of Panama. The result was unlike any other boogie on the planet.

Automatic Activation Devices: What You Need to Know
What you need to know about the function, options and risks of automatic activation devices (AADs) for skydiving.

Gear Roundup: The S-Fly 'Ridge' Wingsuit
S-Fly has just released another *big* big-mountain suit into the wingsuit BASE mix: the Ridge. Here's the beta.

Your Pocket Guide to Coastal Soaring: 5 Things to Do When You Take Your Paraglider to the Beach
Here's how to stay in the lift and prevent your sun-and-fun paragliding vacation from ending in a soggy, salty mess.

The Best Way to Get Started Flying in the Wind Tunnel [Part 2]
How do you get better at skydiving? Skydive indoors -- and do it right. Here's the advice of two preeminent coaches to help you along.

How to Get That Dream Tunnel Gig
Want to fly the tubular skies for a living? Vince Arnone wants to share some tips to help you get the job.

Kelsey Fry Crushes It
Canadian Kelsey Fry outswoops most of the boys (and BASE jumps, too). Here's her story.

Katie Hansen Has You Beat Six Ways to Sunday
Katie Hansen does everything in airsports you wish you could do -- and she has some advice to help you level up. Here's what she has to say.

Kaz Sheekey Is Faster Than You
Kaz Sheekey's a world-class swooper -- and that ain't all. Here's her story (and her advice).

Cornelia Mihai Is Coming For Your Gold
Cornelia Mihai doesn't want your flowers. She's after your gold. (Spoiler: she's definitely going to get it.)

Maxine Tate Wants You To Do As Well Up There As She Does
Maxine Tate has risen to the top of the swooping discipline -- and she wants to take you with her.

How to Quit Shooting Your DZ In the Foot
If you work on -- or own -- a skydiving drop zone, Alix Raymond has some news for you: if you're doing it wrong, you're shooting yourself in the foot.

The Curse of the Incredible Shrinking Paragliding Line
Your paragliding lines might be quietly retreating into the danger zone. Do you know how yours are doing? Here's why you need to check.

Skydiving in New Zealand: What Sport Jumpers Need to Know
Skydiving in New Zealand, for someone who refuses to clip their mortal coil to a grizzled drogueist, requires foreknowledge and planning. Here's how.

What The Heck is a "Freestyle" Paragliding Wing?
It's not XC, it's not sport-class, it's not acro -- but it might be the perfect wing for you. Meet

How to Land a Parachute in a Tree
Here's what to do if you discover that you are about to be an impromptu Christmas ornament.

BASE Jumping From Angel Falls
Angel Falls towers 3,212 feet along the knifelike southern edge of Venezuela’s Auyantepui Mountain. The best part? It's a BASE jumping exit point.

Street Luge
Street luge (sometimes called

What Are the Basic Requirements to Skydive?
Freefall-curious? Here's a rundown of the basic requirements you'll need to meet in order to make a skydive.

Attention, Lauterbrunnen-Bound BASE Jumpers: New Rules for 2014
Visiting Switzerland's beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley to make some jumps? Great! Be ready, though: The rules have changed. Here's what to expect.

The Definitive Skydiving Boogie Packing List: Don't Forget Anything!
Heading to a skydiving boogie? Don't forget anything -- use this checklist to pack.

Learn the best tricks to avoid a truly shocking landing.
A landing in power lines has a tendency to seriously ruin an airsports athlete's day. Here are the tricks you need to know to stay well away from them.

Power lines love roads.
Power lines love roads. Extreme Sports.

Look for the signs.
Power lines cast shadows. Look for them.

Avoid power stations completely.
Avoid power stations completely.

Recognize tricky configurations.
Recognize tricky configurations.

Connect the dots.
Connect the dots. Extreme Sports.

Make sure you don't miss a pole.
Make sure you don't miss a pole.

Don't assume you can duck underneath.
Don't assume you can duck underneath.

Why Are There Holes In Your BASE Canopy?
Why would you want holes in your BASE canopy? In the context of a vent-valve system, holes can save lives. Here’s your need-to-know guide.

If this isn't a refresher of info you've learned, this article is not for you.
If this isn't a refresher of info you've learned, this article is not for you.

Pre-tension your brakes.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 9: Pre-tension your brakes. Page 10.

Check your loop.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 1: Check your loop. Page 2.

Slip the loop through the cat's eye (brake setting).
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 2: Slip the loop through the cat's eye (brake setting). Page 3.

Slip the loop through the ring.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 3: Slip the loop through the ring. Page 4.

Slip the toggle through the loop.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 4: Slip the toggle through the loop. Page 5.

Slip the toggle into the pocket.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 5: Slip the toggle into the pocket. Page 6.

Seat the toggle Velcro® firmly to the riser Velcro®.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 6: Seat the toggle Velcro firmly to the riser Velcro. Page 7.

Fold the excess brake line.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 7: Fold the excess brake line in half. Page 8.

Slip the excess brake line into the line stow.
How to Set Your BASE Brakes for a Slider-Down Jump, Step 8: Slip the excess brake line into the line stow. Page 9.

Holiday Skydiving Boogies 'Round the World
Looking for a holiday-season skydiving vacation? Pick your continent and pack your rig.