Once a year in the small West Virginia town of Fayetteville, people fly. No magic is involved, except perhaps the rush of adrenaline during a brief fall followed by a glide down 876 feet.
Every October, hundreds of thousands head to the New River Gorge Bridge, the third tallest in the U.S. The majority of the people are spectators, but the event, Bridge Day, sees the world’s largest gathering of BASE jumpers. These athletes jump off heights, timing the release of their parachute for both safety and ultimate excitement. In recent years, jumpers have also been able to enjoy an additional thrill – the human catapult. Jumpers are launched 50 feet beyond the bridge before taking the plunge.
BASE jumper：定點跳傘者（= Building Antenna Span Earth jumper）
But for those without the required 100 jumps of experience or the needed equipment, there are many other attractions. Besides enjoying the scenery from the bridge (open to pedestrians only on Bridge Day), the inexperienced can jump tandem or explore the walkway hanging from the bridge. A high line ride from the walkway to the riverside below is also a lesser-known adventure offered at the festival.
Whether one of the 450 jumpers or the thousands of walkers, you won’t be disappointed on Bridge Day.
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