ZION NATIONAL PARK — The name of the BASE jumper whose body was found in Zion Sunday was released by the Zion National Park Service today. The jumper was 38-year-old California resident Sean Leary, Zion National Park Spokesperson Aly Baltrus said.
Leary was a husband and expectant father, and also regarded as one of the most prolific rock climbers of his generation according to a post by Climbing Magazine. He married his wife Mika in 2010 who is expecting their child.
Leary has broken climbing speed records with famous partners such as Alex Honnold and Dean Potter. Many of his climbing records were set in the preeminent climbing destination, Yosemite National Park, according to a post by the climbing magazine Rock and Ice.
Leary was also one of the most prolific wingsuit flyers and BASE jumpers off American cliffs in history according to a post by EpicTV. Leary also performed notable jumps internationally, off El Mocho in Patagonia and Mt. Asgard on Baffin Island, according to Rock and Ice.
Leary also worked as a stuntman and rigger for TV series such as Leverage and Grimm.
Body found in Zion
Authorities located the body, later announced as Leary’s, just before 3 p.m. on Sunday in Zion National Park. The overdue BASE jumper’s body was found in the vicinity of West Temple at 6:42 a.m., Sunday, according to a release issued by Baltrus.
Details about the cause of the incident have not yet been released.
This is the second BASE jumping fatality ever recorded in Zion. The first Zion BASE jumping death occurred less than a month ago.
BASE jumping is an activity which involves jumping with a parachute from tall structures such as buildings, bridges and natural features.
BASE jumping is illegal within Zion National Park for resource protection and safety reasons.
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