That Time a Guy Parachuted Onto Devils Tower and No One Could Figure Out How to Get Him Down

Nestled safely in the bosom of the Bear Lodge Mountains of Wyoming is a large rock formation known simply as Devils Tower. A popular landmark and the first recognised United States National Monument (declared such by President Theodore Roosevelt on September 24, 1906), the imposing rocky butte was at the forefront of a bizarre media frenzy in 1941 when a parachutist became hopelessly stranded atop it.

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+2 1. nomaddaf commented 5 years ago

I'm no sky diver, but at 1,000 feet, why couldn't he just jump off with another parachute???
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+2 2. oleHashow commented 5 years ago

Should use spare for 2nd jump. Base jumping would be born
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+2 3. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

Fascinating story, he's very lucky he didn't do it thirty six years later, otherwise he would have had Richard Dreyfuss and a load of Aliens up there with him. They casually left out in the film how difficult it was to get up there didn't they. :D
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0 5. Thanny commented 5 years ago

#1 Because it's not a vertical drop. He'd almost certainly hit the side no matter how fast he ran while jumping off the edge.

On a side note, the picture at 1:30 is anachronistic. That type of parachute (ram-air or parafoil) didn't exist in 1941. He would have been using a normal round parachute which has essentially no control once deployed.
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+1 6. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#4 The fish face part was a joke but I did really miss you lol <3
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0 7. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

#6 I know you did, JJ <3....I missed you too and thought about you. :)<3