Table Mountain base jumper faces fine

2012-01-17 09:23

Cape Town - An internationally-renowned base jumper, who was severely injured when he crashed on Table Mountain, will be fined for the illegal jump, the Cape Times reported on Tuesday.

American Jeb Corliss, 35, who is in intensive care in a Cape Town hospital, has completed more than 1 000 successful base jumps around the world.

They include jumps from the Eiffel Tower, in France; the Golden Gate Bridge, in the United States; Angel Falls in Venezuela; and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.

Table Mountain National Park spokesperson Merle Collins said Corliss did not have permission to do Monday's jump.


"The danger associated with base jumping does not allow us to issue permits," she said.

"He did not have permission. We will definitely fine him and possibly press charges," she said.

Collins said base jumping could impact negatively on mountain safety.

She had already received calls from would-be jumpers requesting permits.

She said a man had phoned her asking how Corliss had got a permit.

"He said he had applied for one and was denied, so he couldn’t understand why Corliss was allowed to jump," Collins said.

"He was absolutely not allowed to jump. It is worrying to me because people may think they can do this now without permits.

"He is very, very lucky to have his life."

Clipped rock

From his hospital bed in the intensive care unit at Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital Corliss said: "I feel better than I’ve ever felt."

He had been jumping with fellow American adventurer Joby Ogwyn, who became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest at the age of 24.

While attempting the Table Mountain jump, Corliss clipped a rock and tumbled 60m into the Contour Path.

Base jumpers freefall until they open their parachutes just before landing.

Base is an acronym for the surfaces from which jumpers launch: building, antenna, span (bridge) and earth.

Ogwyn, who waited for Corliss at the base of the mountain after the fall, said he was not sure what had caused the accident.

"It could have been a strange gust of wind. It could have been that he got too close to the mountain," he said.

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- Jeb Corliss on Twitter.

  • Irene - 2012-01-17 09:26

    Surprising he wasn't mugged before he was able to jump.

      pboot - 2012-01-17 09:45

      Maybe they stole his chute ?!?!?!

      Squeegee - 2012-01-17 10:08

      "..said he was not sure what had caused the accident." Well its easy. Stupidity!

      Celtis - 2012-01-17 11:03

      My first impression from the video was that the Air force was testing the new locally designed fighter planes.

      Alan Wayne Nass - 2012-01-17 11:59

      They stole the parashute on the way down

      Pierre - 2012-01-17 12:30

      Irene, you got a thumbs down, but I had to laugh (without being sarcastic).

      Hector - 2012-01-17 12:44

      @ Squeegee What's that smell ???? Oh You opened your mouth again ...

      bryanwale - 2012-01-17 13:11

      @Squeegee, stupidity hey? I ask, what have you accomplished in your life? search YouTube for the guy and take a look at some of his stuff. Also you may like to know that after being arrested previously for an illegal base jump a judge let him off with NO reprimand because the judge deemed him professional enough to conduct the jump without endangering his or anyone elses life. This unfortunate accident is in now way contradictory to that ruling.See his work. I see what aroused your feeble brain cells to type that comment.. Ignorance and stupidity. Think about your life.

      nasheenar - 2012-01-17 16:32

      Irene I thought you comment was funny.

      Leon - 2012-01-17 18:49

      Its a shame that so many of you here are criticizing Jeb Corliss. This is his life, his career, his life's devotion. He has done this for long enough to understand the risks and dangers involved. In my opinion, he is an amazing human being who has dramatically shifted our understanding of what is humanly possible. His videos are unbelievable and inspiring! It is a shame that we live in such a paranoid and sheltered world nowadays where anyone who dares to push the boundaries just gets criticized for it. People like Jeb Corliss inspire me to get off the couch and do something worthwhile with my life. Get better soon Jeb! And keep up the good work!

      Martin - 2012-01-18 07:50

      yeaaahhhh Jeb,, next time lucky!!! goooo bud!

  • Deon - 2012-01-17 09:36

    Flirt with death too many times and he will find you one day.

      Gargmel - 2012-01-17 10:09

      But what a way to go though...

      Rich - 2012-01-17 10:30

      She !!!

      heidi.laubscher - 2012-01-17 11:17

      He will find you anyway so you might as well do that which feeds your soul while you can. At least this guy is passionate about his life experiences.

      Mike - 2012-01-17 12:31

      pity he didnt

      Riaanz0r - 2012-01-17 23:04

      Wow a minor setback for Jeb. Look at all these adrenalineless idiots driven by uummmmmmm, nothing in life commenting on something they don't and never will understand.

      Merven - 2012-01-19 07:42

      "But what a way to go though..." Yes, SPLAT!!

  • Rob - 2012-01-17 09:38

    Press charges and fine him?? Wow... that's pretty evil. The guy is in critical condition, he didn't hurt anyone except himself and national parks is keen to make as much cash out of himn as possible. I think he has learned his lesson, isn't that justice enough?

      Napolita - 2012-01-17 09:44

      Wow, how thoughtful!

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 09:46

      He should pay the costs of his rescue! I fail to see why taxpayers should have to fork out for a thrill seeker's recklessness. I'm sure he is well aware of the consequences too, and would be willing to pay the fine. Ultimately, I just hope he recovers quickly.

      Kieron - 2012-01-17 09:47

      @Rob, the message that is being conveyed is that this stunt is out of the question. That mountain is used extensively by hikers etc. As mentioned in the article many people have applied for a permit and were denied. It does sound harsh but if action is not taken the next adrenaline junkie has free rain to possibly, even if ever so slightly, endanger someones life.

      Garth - 2012-01-17 09:54

      You are missing the point entirely. It is illegal to base jump from Table Mountain. A law is a law and he should have respected the law. No respect, no mercy. Anyway, the man is an idiot or was badly misquoted: `"I feel better than I’ve ever felt." So he enjoys being in intensive care with multiple fractures more than not, obviously. D1ckhead with too much money.

      Peter - 2012-01-17 10:10

      Jeez, but the comments are ridiculous! What about the exposure he brings to Cape Town? Are you now going to pay for that if you are so determined to make him pay for his rescue? I love it when people are holier than thou and yet are just as guilty about breaking laws. Ever broke the speed limit in your car? And if you did and had an accident, would you be so vitriolic and refuse emergency help? South Africans are such pathetic hypocrites it makes me sick to be one.

      Stephan - 2012-01-17 10:22

      Rob, Do you know how dangerous and costly it is to go out and rescue an idiot like that from table Mountain. This involves the AMS aircrew, Metro rescue as well as any number of volunteer Wilderness Search and Rescue team members. We go out to save lives, but we have to be away from our normal day jobs to assist and then you have the direct costs of such an operation. Nobody is out to make any money, (normally a rescue is free for the patient, BUT the city and volunteers bear the respective costs) but a very clear message has to be sent and that is that it is not legal and very dangerous. What would you have commented if he had died there and nobody had responded due to the fact that he broke the law and did not have a permit. The the TMNP team would be blamed for not doing their VERY hard and mostly thankless job, everybody always blames them if things goes wrong, but who ever thanks them for the hard work they put in to keep the park functioning and people as safe as humanely possible. I am a volunteer in WSAR and I have a healthy respect for the mountains, if you lose that the mountains will kill you. They are bigger and have been around much longer. Please consider these facts very carefully before slating people you might well need in future if you venture into any mountain in the Western Cape.

      Taun - 2012-01-17 10:23

      @Andrew, what makes you think the tax payer is picking up the tab for this? Helicopter rescues are paid for by your own personal insurance, and in the case that you are not covered, as is often the case when extreme sports or illegal activities are being practiced, you pay for it yourself.

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 10:37

      What exposure for Cape Town @ Peter? I hadn't even heard of him until his accident? And why should we refuse emergency services if we have an accident? As taxpayers, we are actually paying for them? He is not a taxpayer, so why should the onus fall on us? In addition, driving is unfortunately something we need to do every day. Base jumping is not. Your argument is illogical, and badly thought out.

      larisha.toffar - 2012-01-17 10:48

      It's illegal for a reason... I don't know if you have children but it's just as well he showed them how to smoke.. it is dangerous and people/children who don't know the dangers will also try it, as it was mentioned in the article that more people requested to jump. look what happened to him who has jumped more than 1000 times what will happen to some one who wants to jump for the first time without supervision or training. If he isn't fined he will come out and do it again- he said I quote "I feel better than I've ever felt!"

      Kris - 2012-01-17 10:58

      @larisha.toffar Don't fool yourself. It's about the money. God forbid someone wants to have fun their own way with their own body. Corliss also would never encourage people to go out without practice. Even if he is fined he'll probably do it again. Don't try to choke somebody else just because you can't allow yourself to breathe.

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 11:05

      open your minds a bit, research something before you slate it. this guy has achieved some amazing stuff. Flying a wingsuit is immensly difficult! google him a bit and see wh

      joanne.stroebel - 2012-01-17 11:13

      He should be made to pay back every cent for the entire rescue operation. Why should taxpayers foot the bill?

      Peter - 2012-01-17 12:07

      @ koo My argument is perfectly rational. The folk on the forum are saying he should have been left to die and not been rescued because what he did was illegal. If you break the speed limit by 1 km/h it is also illegal. That is called logic. Secondly Jeb Corliss is an internationally known thrill seeker who hosts the TV show Stunt Junkies. Just because you don't know him doesn't mean he would not have made some seriously good publicity for Cape Town. So again, how was my statement illogical and poorly thought out? All hypocrites the lot of you.

      Garth - 2012-01-17 12:20

      The only hypocrites here are the one's advocating this illegal behaviour. It has nothing to do with speeding, or taking drugs or murder. This case is simple - someone who jumps off tall things ILLEGALLY for fun, made an error and is now lying in hospital, apparently in the best shape of his life(idiot), while other people clean up around him. Whether you think what he did is cool or sensational or incredible is not the point. He is being fined for breaking the law.

      Cilla - 2012-01-18 07:14

      Of course he must be charged. He broke the law. He was refused permission to jump, ignored the authorities and jumped. Do we now think because someone can base jump and challenges those who have never heard of other careers that he must be let off? No. The law must be obeyed.

  • Chris - 2012-01-17 09:43

    What will they prove by fining him? Let him pay for the costs of the rescue.

      emaponya - 2012-01-17 10:13

      did u read th article.They will prove tht they do not allow jumpers on th mountain u S

  • Duane - 2012-01-17 09:46

    Ah TMNP at it again. They can't control crime on the mountain but they are going to fine one of the worlds leading extreme sports personalities for not having a permit....

  • mlaeren - 2012-01-17 09:50

    "Collins said base jumping could impact negatively on mountain safety." OMG! Table Mountain is so unsafe! If you jump off it, you could fall on a rock!

  • Tony - 2012-01-17 09:51

    What about cost for rescue Helicopter and Paramedics, tax's payers pay for this, he should pay the bill.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 09:59

      Oh really - you forget to mention the 1000000000000000's of ambulances and rescue services that we tax payers for the dumb illiterate taxi drivers that cause carnage on our roads. They probably dont pay a cent in taxes either!

      Garth - 2012-01-17 10:17

      @newsreader - your nom de plume suggests that you do, but you actually do not, do you? Other wise you would understand the gist of this article and the readers' reactions to it, or would you not, because you choose not to?

      Allen - 2012-01-17 10:30

      He most probably will.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 14:20

      @ Garth................................what? Not to choose would you not to because otherwise do not you would but you do?

      Garth - 2012-01-17 16:33

      Just a few marks of punctuation and it would work, I think . . .

      Shoosh - 2012-01-17 17:06

      @Newsreader - January 17, 2012 at 14:20 Classic reply to Garf.

  • Sakkie - 2012-01-17 09:54

    I just dont understand how people can do these things!

      Gargmel - 2012-01-17 10:12

      Some people prefer to live instead of just survive day to day. I'd rather have a shorter life than a boring life.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-17 10:13

      Some would say they have guts, I say they have no fear (a person overcoming fear has guts, a person with no fear has nothing to overcome). Either that or they are addicted to the adrenalin rush of flirting with death. People like this teach us about the limits of our capabilities, I say they're an important part of human development. Why try climb Everest for example, its crazy - meant to be almost impossible yet many people have now done it. But ja, too crazy for us normal okes to understand.

      Allen - 2012-01-17 10:31

      They've got balls!

      Jeffrey - 2012-01-17 10:51

      @Gargmel, That can be arranged too, at a very reasonable prices here in SA.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-17 10:56

      @Andrew - guess the first men to risk going to the moon could be put in the same class then? First person to risk jumping out of an aeroplane to test the first parachute as well? etc, etc. But I guess the world gets further with brave geniuses like yourself, you have a nice day then, just don't take any chances, could bump your toe or something.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-01-17 11:07

      Andrew, you overly aggressive little chop, I guess you did not read the other opinions I had on this matter as News24 conveniently deleted them. Anyway, to calm you down to panic, my other comments agreed that the oke needed to pay and be held accountable for his actions. I'm not going to repeat myself.

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 11:31

      @Andrew - um... actually 'these' types of people are the ones that gave humanity the ability to fly, have motor-vehicles, reach the moon, gave us the personal computer, the death of apartheid and slavery, etc etc. Stay within the claustrophobic confines of society for all I care, but you have no right to diss those brave enough to step outside of the societal norm and push the boundaries of what we can achieve as human beings.

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 12:20

      I was talking about the mindset. The type of person. For someone who professes to do 'extreme things', you seem a little scared... or maybe it's a more personal issue.. seems that way, tbh

      Shoosh - 2012-01-17 17:10

      @Andrew - please switch off the lights & close the door when you leave.

      Sam - 2012-01-18 08:24

      People like Andrew spend their lives too scared to do anything out of the ordinary and as soon as someone braver than them gets hurt they see that as justification for their own boring existence.

      Merven - 2012-01-19 07:44

      @Gargmel, good for them, so let them go and live where other people don't have to put their lives at risk saving their stupid @rses!

  • Stuart - 2012-01-17 09:59

    TMNP being narrow minded I think! Jeb's jumps from international tourist attractions go Viral on Youtube! The benefits of exposure of our awesome city I think are obvious! I have no doubt that he will be too happy to pay for his rescue,(his sponsors will probably!) TMNP could have been more pro active about it and gotten properly involved rather than just snubbing it outright. if they knew any better they would know the psychology of a base jumper, the mountain is there to be conquered. Instead they are going to arrive with a "we told you so" attitude and prove ignorant to the rest of the world! I wish Jeb a speedy recovery, as someone posted earlier, he is more alive than any one of us!!

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 10:29

      Andrew, I do have an idea of how much these things cost! And we both know that comparing this to Rhino Poaching is a wild emotional stab to gain votes for your opinion! What I AM saying is that TMNP could have done more with it than just being beaurocratic!

      Allen - 2012-01-17 10:33

      Spot on Stuart!!

      Garth - 2012-01-17 10:45

      @ Stuart - you obviously worry about the votes cast on your opinions, don't you? Although I do not agree with Andrew's analogy, he did state 'legal hunting of rhino', not `rhino poaching'. You should read what is written and comment on that.

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 10:46

      I wonder where we would be today if the likes of Orville and Wilbur Wright and their fellow pioneers of flight were "weeded out of the Gene pool" because they were doing "something stupid and dangerous"!!

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 11:04

      @Garth, Sorry i did misread it !! but the same point applies really! Actually I dont care about votes at all, in fact you may see that this is the first time I have expressed an opinion here, or anywhere online for that matter! It is a low blow to compare it to a current emotional subject such as our precious rhino either way, dont you agree?

  • Verona - 2012-01-17 10:01

    Well the media should be fined too for publishing this story without research, making our country look unsafe!

  • Jay - 2012-01-17 10:04

    What a chop! Careful Boet, this is Africa and she bites!

  • Oscar - 2012-01-17 10:06

    and once again the tax payers have to pay for someone elses stupidiness

  • Mike - 2012-01-17 10:11

    And I hope they bill him for the rescue and hospital bill! Simple solution - you want to do the jump ask for permission.

  • Peter - 2012-01-17 10:20

    Bugger it, he made a mess on the mountain side, I hope he has to clean it up?

  • pwcrook - 2012-01-17 10:20

    For those of you who don't know how awesome this guy is...

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 11:00

      I agree pwcrook, this man has acheived things, that were thought to be impossible! but yet people call him names...

      Vermie - 2012-01-17 11:35

      Doesn't matter how awesome he is in this case he asked for a permit, they said no and he went ahead and did it anyway. Law is Law.

      Jay - 2012-01-17 14:58

      Yeah awesome role model, Illegal jump then puts rescue personal at risk having to respond to an emergency call, all to get his rocks off and say hey I based jumped Table Mountain. You guys need to find better role models.

      Sam - 2012-01-18 10:23

      It's okay, Jeb, Kitty Corliss will take over where you left off:

  • Stephen - 2012-01-17 10:43

    Typical arrogant Yank dumb-ass.

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 10:59

      typical arrogant tunnel visioned south african

      Jay - 2012-01-17 15:03

      Janniegrootbek, tell us one thing this guy did, In this incident, that deserves our admiration? all you are doing is calling people names but not backing it up. Did he jump legally? No! Did he put innocent people at risk? Yes all the people responding to the emergency. There are daredevils out there that do things by the book and with proper safety measures in place. All this chop has done is insult us by coming to our country and completely ignoring Table Mountains official stance on base jumping, which after this incident seems like they were right.

      Shoosh - 2012-01-17 17:23

      Actually Stephen is an arrogant "when-we" his profile pic says it all "I am a D**S. @Jay bit rich accusing Jannie of calling people names yet you can't even refer to him by his name rather you try to be a smart-arse & call him Janniegrootbek, then you call Jeb Corliss a "chop", shame on you.

      Jay - 2012-01-17 18:54

      @Shoos, firstly I believe Jeb to be a chop, he went against the rules and based jumped off a mountain he had no right to jump off, putting the lives of the rescue crew and chopper pilots at risk. In fact I think Chop is a tame word to describe it. i call my mates chops all the time. I do however hope he has a speedy recovery. Secondly I read the whole page before going back and commenting and below this are a whole lot of comments made towards people by JannieSwem without actually having anything real to say, except "Jeb is like totally freakin awesome", I think he is a very talented flyer but in this case I think he is at fault and should not be praised for it.

      Jannie - 2012-01-18 09:25

      @jay if you look down and read further, you will see i am not the one that resorted to name calling first, I also stated my case more clearly further below.

  • gail.joyce2 - 2012-01-17 10:44

    What an idiot.

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 10:58

      why would you call him that? do you him? do you know what he has acheived! you narrow minded individual

      Hector - 2012-01-17 14:01

      Yes .. and yet you have the time to spill your verbal manure around here... good for you ...

  • Jannie - 2012-01-17 10:57

    HBO awill cover his cost! number two, he is the worlds foremost wingsuit pilot, and breaking the law? he could have hurt no-one besides himself, if you break the speed limit likei am sure all you hipoctrites do, then you could easily kill someone ELSE, Jeb is a legend, oh and get your head out of your asses, this is a SPORT. do a little research on a tpoic before you blast it, all sports have their risks and injuries!

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 11:07

      Thank you Jannie! Some people need to look out over and beyond their forums sometimes, Oh but that might be dangerously outside thier comfort zone!

      Peter - 2012-01-17 11:15

      Oh so correct, and I envy the guy. He would have plenty of Insurance to cover this type of eventuallity, and any public liabillity that might come from it. So he would be covered. ( he will take the risk, but has provided for it.) But in SA, the taxi drivers are legends as well. They risk their lives ( as well as others ) for a living as well. But nothing is done about them AT ALL. They are literally getting away with murder.

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 11:19

      @ Jannie, he didn't invent the wingsuit did he? Yes he's a daredevil and may be very good at what he does. However, in terms of accomplishments, his have not benefited me or mankind as a whole? Being the first man on the moon, doing the first heart transplant, inventing say, the computer? Or Penicillin? Those are achievements. This is thrill seeking, and I'm sure he knew the risks, and therefore should be willing to pay the price. Also, is it really necessary to be so rude to commenters with opinions that differ from your own?

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 11:31

      @koo, im rude because people call someone NAMES, with no basis or understanding of the sport or the person, if the shoe fits! what about the first flight, the first skydive, the first trip to the moon as someone else pointed out.. or lets take sportsmen like Micheal Schumacher, Rodger Federer, Micheal jordan etc, just becuase they excelled at their sport, does not detract from their acheivements, becuase they didnt aid the prlonged life of human beings. Admirationhas many facets and so does acheivement.

      Vermie - 2012-01-17 11:38

      Problem with him breaking the law was now there are others who see him jumping from table mountain and think screw the permit lets do it too. Yes all sports have their risks and injuries but all pro sports men and woman are usually bound by visas and permits. There is a reason for them being there, not just to "stop the awesomeness"

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 11:49

      and the reason being? I suppose you never break the speed limit in your car? law is law and please refer me to the act that states it is illegal to jump off table mountain? if it is against the "law" why is SANparks fining him? why has a warrant for his arrest not been issued? one would think that a law enforcement agency, would be enforcing the law, not nature conservationists? again the only harm he caused was to himself and not others, i also find it amusing that paragliders and skydivers are allowed to do jumps, but not wingsuit pilots? explain the difference? in december along the garden route there were tens of them jumping off the cliff faces at wilderness,yet this practice seems to be acceptable?

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 12:03

      Yes Jannie, I get that, however, the first flight has definitely benefited mankind, as did the first walk on the moon in terms of space exploration and travel. Wingsuit base jumping will benefit mankind how? Yes, he's great at what he does, but he is also well aware of the risks. Having a different opinion, does not mean that they don't understand the sport. Like all extreme sports its about risk taking and the 'rush'.

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 12:12

      @koo.doyle, you are being narrow minded! No, the wingsuit may not have benefitted you YET! Jeb is working on a system/method of landing a wing suit without a parachute! (as bizarre as it sounds, so did a moonlanding,flight and even an internal combustion engine all were BIZARRE theories at some stage) But like Penicillin and the computer etc these things evolve to a beneficial stage, they dont just happen in a big bang and flash of light! Who knows, Jeb may be starting something that evolves into cheap personal flight for everyone. (once again as BIZARRE as it sounds!) Who are we to judge the guy! Not to say what he did was right, although what he does is difficult to differentiate from say a Paraglider. Instead of slagging the guy off, RESEARCH him first.

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 12:19

      @Drew. ironically the photographer was fine... so technically it's only dangerous half the time.. Also, those rescuers that you keep going on and on about - how many of them were injured here? none? thought as much. They are mountain rescuers as a choice. no one put a bullet to their heads. Regardless of the reason, they rescue - and arguably, most of the people they're rescuing are idiots in one way or another - I doubt there are very many 'pure' accidents. In all honesty, Jeb was more informed than most. Get over your righteous indignation, please. case closed? I should hope so.

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 12:19

      @ Stuart, where have I slagged the guy off? Perhaps I missed that? All I've said, is he is well aware of the risks involved in base jumping. Perhaps you should try actually reading what other people are saying, instead of jumping to erroneous conclusions. 'Cheap personal flight for everyone'?? Are you actually being serious? Not too many people fancy the idea of hurling themselves off towers, bridges, mountains. Come one!! He's doing this because he loves the rush, the thrill. And kudo's to him.

      Stuart - 2012-01-17 12:24

      @koo as I said "Who knows.....this could evolve personal flight for everyone." My point exactly , open your mind a little. And yes read the comment properly!

      koo.doyle - 2012-01-17 12:40

      Stuart, you are getting too emotionally involved here to debate intelligently. I have never been accused of being closed minded, but unless you actually are willing to address the points I made (which if you did I would then believe you HAD actually read what I said) there is not point continuing this. You say 'my point exactly' but what IS that exactly? You say I've slagged him off, but refuse to point out where. Come on.

      Jannie - 2012-01-17 13:16

      @drew. Skyrun is awesome and impressive. well done on doing 2. what are your thoughts on the dakar rally? Skydiving, cliff diving? just curious...

      Vermie - 2012-01-17 13:26

      @Jannie Eh lol ok in your reasoning you're compairing speeding to this? Ok well speeding = fine. This = Fine. There problem solved. Logical. The reasons for permits? Safety. Not just of the person who will be jumping but also the rest of the public who use the area as well as the rescue teams that will be required if it goes wrong. They have to put their lives at risk to go save him. Ever thought that the people who decide on the permit might actually know the mountain and it's freak weather conditions just a?

  • Davin - 2012-01-17 11:17 Like my one friend would say, live fast die young, leave a good looking corpse :D

  • Isamu - 2012-01-17 11:22

    its cape Town, weather is totally unpreditable, winds change in a heartbeat up there, indians venster is no joke he'S lucky he aint another mountain death stat, good try but Van Hunks aint gonna let you take his title...

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 21:28

      I got you covered buddy! If any one from anywhere else read what you said they would think you are trying to break out of the pet shop!

  • Zion - 2012-01-17 11:32

    People that jump of bases ie buildings, antenna, spans, earth and other lofty places should be put in Valkenberg in a strait-jacket.

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 11:57

      it could be argued that people who spend their days working 8-5, their evenings and weekends in front of the tv watching whatever crap it spews, filling their faces with McDonalds and what ever other takeout is the closest are the ones that should be instituted - the good thing about that is that they probably wouldn't even know the difference. I don't get people like you that are so scared of life that you have to instill your fear on the behaviour of others. Imagine if people like you were left to control those like base-jumpers. Do you think we'd have flight, or have ever landed on the moon, or even had the motor vehicle or personal computer? It's fine, be afraid - but rather leave your fear at home, your comments to yourself - you don't find base-jumpers on here lambasting you for your life choices. What do you think gives you the right to judge them...

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 12:14

      @andrew. I probably won't. You're right - the idiots are usually the ones watching from the tv. Have you completed the Sky Run? But - maybe you define things differently - but if you're implying someone who has accomplished 1000+ of these things, using skill and determination is an idiot, then I'm left questioning your intelligence. BTW - you come across as a bit of an ass, not sure if that's what you're really like or not - but it's not particularly becoming.

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 12:35

      Ok - then maybe we're on a similar page :) I defend him because of who he is. I'm pretty certain 90% of his 1000+ jumps have been 'illegal' or deemed 'too dangerous' - and that purely because, for most, it is. But laws are generally there to protect the 99%. Jeb, in this case isn't in that group. He is experienced enough to be a professional - and I'm sure he will take full responsibility for his actions. I just think it's silly of TMNP to want to fine him - and really, based on his experience, I believe they should have green-lit it. Considering what he does, I 1 in 1000 fail is pretty damn impressive. I also don't think we have the right to judge the behaviour of others, when - especially in this case - they are informed enough to make the decisions they do. Tourists hitting the mountain in bad weather without the right clothing/cell phones, etc are worse imo - because it's out of ignorance - and force rescuers to go out in less-than-stellar conditions. Of all rescues, I think Jeb's was probably easier from a weather pov. Look, if it's not for you - then cool. And the 'legal' thing isn't really an issue for me - if it is for you, then fair play - but many people have 'broken' the law and moved humanity forward because of it. The fact that the law exists doesn't make it right for all.

      Hector - 2012-01-17 14:06

      Yeah ..and I think people that watch and play rugby should be right there as well... Guess that is why there is free will hey ?? One man's sport is another man's insane past time ..??!!!

      Zion - 2012-01-17 14:34

      You don't know me pal. On weekends I go to the Kruger national park and blixem the lions. Sometimes I wish people like you would pass too.

      Hector - 2012-01-18 12:15

      So ... go bliksem the lions .... just spare us your brand of justice... Valkenberg has got space for Lion bliksemers I am sure

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-17 11:38

    When start looking at the video I thought my remarks is going to be "eina" with some strong word(the same the cameraman used) attached to it, but it was not. When finish watching the clip the words "alien tv" came up and I suddenly realized it describe my feeling

  • hyltonp - 2012-01-17 11:51

    This man loves what he does, how many of you can say that, you go to work go home and that is your life. He pushes the extreme.

      Jay - 2012-01-17 15:16

      I love what I do, and it is legal and doesnt put rescue workers in harms way! So your point is mute!

      Sam - 2012-01-18 15:48

      Moot, Jay, moot. I expect you also frown upon motor racing, mountain climbing, surfing, diving, sailing and all other sports where someone might require rescue? It's still debatable as to whether Corliss's jump was legal and HBO is covering the cost of his rescue.

  • Alan Wayne Nass - 2012-01-17 12:35

    They stole his parashute on the way down!

      CarlS - 2012-01-17 12:42

      That's ok - they didn't touch his parachute.

  • Kenjaymay - 2012-01-17 12:35

    His name should read...Jeb Brainless and not Jeb Corliss!!!!!

  • myburghvanzijl - 2012-01-17 12:44

    "Collins said base jumping could impact negatively on mountain safety." Are you f*****g kidding me?!? The fact that regular mountain users are being mugged left, right and center is having a far larger impact on mountain safety than a BASE jumper who got clipped. Even if 20 guys jumped right now as a result of Corliss' jump, and they ALL died, it would be a drop in the ocean in comparison to the fact that people are too scared to go for a walk on their mountain. Moreover, seeing as we're on the topic of negative impact, have you considered that DENYING that there is a crime problem on TM is having a far greater impact on the minds of South Africans in general and Capetonians specifically? You can't cherry-pick the things that you have issues with TMNP... Fix the crime, and then we might listen to you regarding BASE permits. For all your efforts, and by "your", I'm referring to the rangers and biologists out in the field, that are improving TM for the whole of SA, your being pushed 10 steps back by the upper echelons of your organisation that are STILL denying that TM is a crime hotspot.

      Jay - 2012-01-17 15:20

      We dont want crime on Table Mountain TMPB! so clean up your act and leave the illegal base jumpers alone! hahahahahahahaha have you listened to yourself?

  • Craig - 2012-01-17 12:46

    Jeb Corliss is AWESOME, WOW MAN. No one has the Balls to JUMP like he can.

      Robert - 2012-01-17 12:54

      Agree with you Craig . All this bulls#$T about tax payers money . What a joke this man is insured by Red Bull , and numerous other sponsors . I am pretty sure that they will foot the bill . I am pretty sure he has been fined before (Eiffel Tower) comes to mind . Jeb , I look forward to your speedy recovery and seeing you in many more documentaries , Fly safe dude . I know that I dont have the balls to do that

      camolivier - 2012-01-17 13:13

      I just can't wait for him to jump Table Mountain successfully next time :)

      Allen - 2012-01-17 14:46

      Watch "Grinding the Crack" on Youtube to see exactly how awesome Jeb Corliss is. What amuses me is the fact that back in 1977 I flew for the Trannsvaal Hanggliding Team in the Interprovincials held in CT off Signal Hill. A few of us were "asked" by the city authorities if we could fly off TM to publicise the event. We went up in the old cable car having to maneuver our folded gliders past the pylons. We flew early in the morning before the wind picked up. The take off was a bit "hairy" near the coffee shop, but we managed it and flew out over the city, over the docks and still had plenty of lift. Flew for half an hour before going through the "gap" and landing on Camps Bay Beach. I flew hanggliders for many years, but that flight was the absolute highlight! There is no better vista in South Africa than from the top of Table Mountain. It just needs to be experienced from a different vantage point sometimes!

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  • Grimett - 2012-01-17 13:53

    it seems all unfortunate people are idiots, if you get mauled by a shark -idiot,if you jump off a mountain-idiot,Bunjee jump,ride in a taxi- .....what happened to "Oh shame, how unfortunate." there's risk everywhere.

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 14:23 for ANC-Idiot

      Garth - 2012-01-17 16:38

      Grimett, you must be one of those unfortunate people then . . . Newsreader - that comment gets its first `thumb up'.

  • Heinrich - 2012-01-17 14:50

    In stead of welcoming this esteemed visitor to our city, (to one of the seven wonders of the world) and wishing him a speedy recovery, we try to show how clever and how righteous we are. Someone please show us: Where is the law that says : Thou shalt not base-jump off Table Mountain. Get well Jeb. And do it again.(If you want to)

      Jay - 2012-01-17 15:24

      Table Mountain falls under the Parks Board (ISC) and this is one of their laws!

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  • gendv - 2012-01-17 16:29

    The Video has been set to "Private"?

  • Lincoln - 2012-01-17 16:33

    These guys are pioneers.... watch "Grinding the Crack" on youtube... Same guy! With any extreme sport comes risk... how many guys have died in motorsport, diving, skydiving, surfing etc. etc. Every man or woman for himself! (am sure he will pay the peanuts they want from him...)

  • thabelorale - 2012-01-17 16:37

    For many centuries, humans have tried to fly just like the birds. The results were often DISASTROUS. It looks like this guy wants to take us back to 400BC. Orville and Wilbur Wright solved the problem long time ago.Let us use our ingenuity on something else.

      Lincoln - 2012-01-17 16:58

      @thabelorale... If you want to reason like that then you should say that Henry Ford invented the car, so why bother developing new ones? Stupid..

  • Alicia - 2012-01-17 16:58

    @Peter, Cape Town did not need the publicity!! We have enough thanks, did Table Mountain not just get voted one of the Seventh Wonders of the World?? And considering how the Americans are, best we lay charges and make him pay before he lawyers up and tries to sue the Mountain!!!!

  • david.arundel - 2012-01-17 17:01

    Why have a link to the video when it's a private video so people can't see it?

  • fbarron3 - 2012-01-17 17:18

    oh damm.... so there is no chance of getting a permit for my ex husband to do some base jumping.....

      Lincoln - 2012-01-17 17:23

      He would not need a permit if he fell over the edge by "accident" LOL! Ps. He also would not face a fine! :)

  • Gavin - 2012-01-17 17:40

    This is ridiculous, if people want to jump let them, I am so sick and tired of so called authorities telling others what they think should be allowed or not, here we have a Table Mountain official suggesting that 'he did not have a permit' nor would they have given him one. The same applied to closing Chapmans peak because a 500kg rock landed on a car, I used to use that road daily, it was my choice and I knew the risks, people should be allowed to do this if they want. Who cares

      Newsreader - 2012-01-17 20:16

      I agree. If I decide to go draw money at the ATM I get robbed then I am a victum. If a rock falls on my car and squashes me its just an accident. So now if I decide to jump off a cliff I have to pay for a permit because I am volunteering for danger! WTF! SA needs some serious thought from .... well it cant be the Zulu in my soup. So basically I will just have to expect to be robbed anyhow! Maybe we should apply for a permit to go draw cash at an ATM! Like that will stop me from being a victum!

  • greg.groenewald - 2012-01-17 20:14

    Isaak Newton discovered gravity, seems like its been rediscovered in so many ways..

  • Grant - 2012-01-17 21:21

    Question to all the negative comments, have any of you done this before? Do you know how tallented Jeb Corbliss is? Youtube/Google try it works.I have all the respect for this man. Life is about pushing the limits and proving we can do better. I am willing to bet none of you have ever tried to skydive. To the medical and rescue team well done for rescuing him and taking him to hospital. Peter well put @ Koo-Doyle you wouldn't have heard of him cause you not involved in the sport you IDIOT.

  • Chris - 2012-01-17 22:49

    Extreme sports will never be accepted by the masses and permissions are virtually impossible to get any where in the world.The youngest person to climb Everest was actually about 13 years old .

      Jannie - 2012-01-18 09:31

      Hi Chris, Its sad, any form of extreme sport that falls in the "dangerous category" is subject to ridicule. Its supposedly a free country, let me do what i want as long as i dont hurt others. !!!!!

  • hannesw1 - 2012-01-17 22:52

    Yeah man! Give him a pink parking ticket...

  • Riaanz0r - 2012-01-17 22:58

    Wow a minor setback for Jeb. Look at all these adrenalineless idiots driven by uummmmmmm, nothing in life commenting on something they don't and never will understand.

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  • JohnSA02 - 2012-01-18 06:03

    An experienced basejumper/wingsuit "pilot" with the proper equipment will probably feel safer flying off table mountain than walking up it with all the muggings going on. It's easy in the comfort of your home to say idiot, and yes, he did break the rules of the TMNP, and should face those consequences, but we as the human race need people who push the boundaries. Around 100years ago 20mph was deemed too fast...... There will be bugs, and there will be windscreens. Assess the risks, mitigate,and have fun. This guy knows the risks, but was probably caught out by the high temperature affecting the density altitude (the air is thinner at higher temps, and that ate into his margins.) 1 foot higher and we would not have been having these circular discussions.........

      Jannie - 2012-01-18 09:35

      Good point, I wonder where all the morons were when it was reported he successfully jumped from TM? Last week?

      jrdevilliers - 2012-01-18 14:44

      Yip, agree!

      Merven - 2012-01-19 09:05

      Last week he wasn't waisting us taxpayers' money, seems like you are the only moron around. Extreme sports people like this must sign a contract that they will carry the full costs of any emergency help they might require during their excursions. Then everybody will be happy.

  • Zion - 2012-01-18 14:39

    So another hero, who cannot did not or will not pay his way via a permit bites the dust. Literally.

      Hector - 2012-01-19 08:05

      Hey ... how's the lion blikseming going ?? isn't "bite the dust" a euphemism for dying ?? mmm maybe the lion blikseming is going to your head or has Jeb died ?

  • Andrew Carr - 2012-01-18 17:16

    The nurses in our hospitals are bad enough, he doesn't need a fine

  • brett.step - 2012-01-18 19:33

    Jeb Corliss finally got his wings clipped. ;)

  • Jannie - 2012-01-19 08:57

    i find it funny when people look at a box, and then they think that is their world, and the dont wonder about the outside of the box. people like you said the world was flat... People like you said that scientists were witches and devil worshippers, People like you said to Niel Armstrong, the wright brothers, Vasco Da Gama, Francis drake, you cant do it..

      Merven - 2012-01-19 10:56

      No Jannie, religious people said all those things, not tax paying citizens.

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