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It’s almost been 14 years since Oregon Air National Guardsman Captain Dan Schilling set a new BASE Jump world record.
The first two hours alone did not bode well for Schilling. On one of his initial jumps, the chute did not open till he was about 100 feet above the ground, and on another, the steering lines of the chute snapped off completely and he had to land in the waters of the Snake River.
To beat the record, he had to jump at least 133 times in 24 hours. Despite the risks and the ill-fated first few jumps into the canyon, Schilling ended up BASE jumping off the Perrine Bridge 201 times. With the help of a 60 ton crane that would take him back to the jump starting position, and a team of tireless parachute preppers, on July 7th, 2006, at 5:45 pm, Cpt. Dan Schilling officially set the Guinness World Record in the number of BASE Jumps in a 24 hour period with time to spare.
Cpt. Schilling was raising funds at the time for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. All said and done, he was able to raise $20,000 by setting this world record. On the website dedicated to a record of the event, Schilling tells how special-ops soldiers are far more likely to perish in the line of duty than most other service personnel. Citing the street Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, Cpt. Schilling says, “I was lucky to survive that day and I realized there that this is a charity I’d dedicate my life too.”
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