ZION NATIONAL PARK – A woman’s BASE jump off the east side of Mount Kinesava, which is located on the southwest side of Zion National Park, proved fatal Saturday when her chute did not deploy, she died as a result of the 1,500-foot fall.
The woman had been hiking with a man who hiked out to reach park personnel. He was able to notify staff at 6:30 p.m. The body has not yet been recovered. On Sunday the park will perform a flyover to locate and recover the body.
“This is the first base jumping fatality,” Zion National Park spokeswoman Alyssa Baltrus said. “BASE jumping is illegal.”
BASE jumps are legal in Utah, but only in certain areas. It is illegal to BASE jump in Zion National Park.
Zion National Park describes Mount Kinesava as a remote, steep and very strenuous hike that takes the average hiker over nine hours to complete. From the Chinle Trailhead the hike is 4.5 miles long.
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Ed. notes – Lead sentence revised for clarification. While Baltrus identified the jump off Mt. Kinesava at the east, on further inquiry she said that the jump was off the east side of Mt. Kinesava, and Mt. Kinesava itself is located on the southwest side of the park. BASE has been capitalized consistent with predominant style.
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