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BASE Jumpers Leap from Skyscraper, Break Record and Produce Terrifying Video

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 26, 2016

Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet literally went above and beyond to produce a video that will yield the obligatory goosebumps and personal declarations of "Nope!"

The video (h/t Digg) features Fugen and Reffet as they take a leap from the top of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, landing ever so softly in the record books. 

The Daily Mail's John Hall has more on the jump, including what makes this particular attempt a record-breaking one: 

The men are not the first to base jump from the top of the tower - which is roughly twice the height of New York's Empire State Building - but they had a special platform built to add an extra 500 feet, enabling them to break the world record.

To ensure they were used to the altitude, Fugen and Reffet practiced base jumping from a mountain near Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, which is roughly the same height as the Burj Khalifa tower.

Hall added some words from two ecstatic BASE jumpers. Fugen proclaimed, "This was the jump of a lifetime and an achievement of three years of hard training. I am glad we landed successfully, accomplishing a lifelong dream."

The second part of the duo, Reffet, was equally as pleased: "This was my best jump by far. It was a dream come true."

Now if the sight of two jumping from the spire sends shivers, just imagine those who were tasked with installing the new structure. According to Hall, the "three by one meter" platform took three days to install. 

Now, Guinness has the highest BASE jump as the one set by Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan, who leaped from Mt. Meru, (Garhwal Himalaya, India) which stands at 21,666 feet.

However, the record-holding site does acknowledge the Burj Khalifa's predecessors, Nasser Al Neyadi and Omar Alhegelan, who jumped from 2,204 feet, eight inches in the air, as the highest from a building

Jumping from a reported 2,717 feet, it seems that Guinness will need to update their specific page featuring one of the craziest endeavors. 

Not that Fugen and Reffet's entry will be permanent; because these records seem to be less solid than the buildings they are founded upon. 

We have to assume the next record-breaking performance will come the moment someone decides to push man's tallest structure just past 2,717 feet. The moment that kind of structure is built, someone will have the fancy idea to jump from it. 

We will all be here waiting for that extremely moving and completely terrifying video. 


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