Daredevil throws himself off 800ft cliff

Don’t look down! This is the moment a daredevil takes a few firm steps and hurls himself into the abyssoff the edge of a cliff.


Stomach-churning video captures the moment he leaps from the 800ft cliff and plummets towards the earth with nothing more than a single rope to keep him from falling to his death.

Ryan Jenks, a 33-year-old painting contractor is a fan of rope jumping – that’s leaping off a cliff, but while attached to a highline rope safety system.

Though it might seem crazy, it’s not something he takes on lightly. He’d been planning this jump for over a year, after deciding that this spot in Yosemite National Park was perfect.

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The Californian makes videos like this one to put on Youtube, but he doesn’t want people to put themselves at risk by copying him and says that there’s a lack of information out there about the sport: “I made a video about how we rigged it so people would be overwhelmed by what goes into a safe set up.

“I think there’s a lack of information out there about rope jumping – anyone who watches these jumping videos, please please don’t try it on your own!

Ryan got into rope jumping through slacklining – a type of tightrope walking. He says that learning and making videos about these sports appeal to him because of his ambitious personality.

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“I’m the typical Type-A personality and need to understand what I’m doing in detail as well as the big picture before I’m fully engaged.

“I have super high energy so I find myself happiest when I have four or five complex projects going at the same time.”