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Nov 18, 2020

How BASE Jumping Saved Jeb Corliss's Life

Jeb at the Bombshelter, at Skydive Perris (Photo: Stephanie Mei-Ling)
Jeb at the Bombshelter, at Skydive Perris

Jeb Corliss is one of the original madmen of BASE jumping. For more than two decades, he flung himself from the top of massive waterfalls, bridges, and skyscrapers, and managed to miraculously survive multiple crash landings in a sport that rarely gives second chances. But now he’s 44, and no longer chasing the edge of risk. Instead, Corliss has embarked on a journey into the depths of his own troubled mind. And he’s reached a surprising conclusion: BASE jumping, one of the most deadly sports on earth, may have been the thing that kept him alive. Outside contributor Daniel Duane traveled to Southern California to talk to Corliss about his latest high-wire act.


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