Dave: The sport you are doing now... it's called BASE jumping, isn't it? What kind of sport is it? And how did it get the name BASE?
Tom: It's the most extreme of the extreme sports. It's like skydiving but no planes or helicopters are used. People jump from buildings, antennas, bridges (or spans) and cliffs (high parts of the Earth . This is why it's called BASE. Its name is made from the first letters of Building, Antenna, Span and Earth.
Dave: It seems awfully dangerous to me.
Tom: It's obvious that the chance of injury is very high. Some jumpers say that it is as high as 90% and a bad injury or death is just a matter of time. Sometimes it happens that the parachute opens too late or doesn't open at all, or the jumper miscalculates the speed of the wind or fails to notice something that can make the jump fatal.
Dave: It's a very risky activity. Do you inte J to quit it?
Tom: No, the feeling I get during the jump means too much to me.
Dave: Are there many excited fans who are watching you when you are jumping*
Tom: If we jump from some cliffs somewhere in the countryside, onh my mates are there. But when we jump from buildings and antennas, there are a lot of people watching us. There have been some jumps from Nelson Column and St Paul's Cathedral. Can you imagine that?!
Dave: Tom, I've got one last question. Do you realise that BASE jumping in cities can be a life-threatening activitv not only for you but for people around you? The fact is that you can cause serious traffic accidents or other dangers. People can get injured. The\ haven't chosen to do this sport but they still can suffer the consequences It's really not fair.
Tom: Well, I have to admit that I've never thought about it that way before...