Instant death or imminent suffering: the most compelling outdoors story of the year so far about wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss

I was gripped reading Corliss' story and walked away awed and strangely inspired. Corliss is one of those guys many people write off as suicidally crazy because he jumps out of an airplane or off a cliff and becomes a human version of a flying squirrel. He flew off a cliff and clipped a ledge that sent him tumbling out of control in mid air. He faced a simple but terrible decision: plummet to earth and die instantly, or toss his parachute knowing he would probably die anyway, but do so conscious on the ground and suffering immense pain before succumbing to death. Since he tells the story in first person, he obviously survived, but knowing the ending of this story doesn't detract from its emotional intensity. He is obviously a person who is deeply in tune with what he's doing and why he's doing it. Read it HERE. (Beware of grizzly details and profanity.)

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The amazing birdman in the wingsuit

Nearly uses up all of his good luck. Hope he has a speedy recovery.

They wouldn't show it if he died so it's kinda pointless

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You fry wants with that?