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Q:

Where can I learn to BASE jump?

Where are the best places in the world to learn to BASE jump?

A:New River Gorge, West Virginia
Bridge Day, the sport’s biggest event, has been held every October for nearly three decades on the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia. During this one-day adrenaline-athon, the bridge (the third-tallest in the US) is closed to vehicles, and opened to people who want to parachute off it to the river below. Each year, 450 BASE jump passes are sold for Bridge Day, roughly half of them to first-time jumpers. You can take a comprehensive BASE jump course nearby during the three days prior to the event, taught by gear retailer and manufacturer Apex BASE. The cost is $400 and slots sell out fast. Something else to keep in mind: you need to have made 100 skydives to jump off the New River Gorge Bridge.  

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