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Breaking Bar Ramps Up Danger To Base Jump Stunt

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Base jumper Walter Hilscher  from Germany leaps from the top of the 421-metre Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in Kuala Lumpur on September 27, 2012.  Some 95 professional basejumpers from 18 countries are taking part in the annual event.      AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Base jumper Walter Hilscher from Germany leaps from the top of the 421-metre Kuala Lumpur Tower during the International Tower Jump in Kuala Lumpur on September 27, 2012. Some 95 professional basejumpers from 18 countries are taking part in the annual event. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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By: Sara

How can you add even more danger to base jumping? Add on some gymnastics, of course! This brilliant idea was the brainchild of a Norwegian surgeon named Richard Henriksen. Henriksen decided that his hobbies were two great tastes that would taste great together and brought along a TV documentary crew to film the insanity. Unfortunately for Richard, the gymnastics bar he had set up was not as sturdy as one would hope. After one good loop around the bar, things fell apart, and Henriksen began a 1200m fall off a cliff!

Initially, the TV crew and everyone watching thought that Richard had died. With luck on his side, however, Henriksen missed falling against the face of the cliff and was able to open his parachute. Once he was safely back home, the father of five realized how close he came to dying, and decided that his family life was more important than his stunting life.

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