Jumping Off Bridge an Annual Tradition in New River Gorge
What's the largest single day festival event in West Virginia? Bridge Day! Annually, on the third weekend of October, thousands of spectators watch over the course of the day as hundreds of BASE jumpers leap from the top of New River Gorge Bridge with the hope their parachute takes them safely to the river's shore, 876 feet below. The bridge spans the New River Gorge National River, managed by the National Park Service.
This year, more than 155,000 people came to watch a record number 876 jumps from the bridge. I can't imagine I'd ever choose to jump off a perfectly good bridge, but there are plenty of people who do, like this guy, Jason McClure who is quoted in the Register Herald
You just block everything else out and focus on what you need to do. ...You gather your thoughts, step off — and it’s quiet, except for the wind rushing beside you. You just enjoy the ride, then deploy your chute.
He would probably be the type of guy wearing the T-Shirt on sale at BridgeDay.info, which reads "Your Worse Fear Is My Favorite Sport". You can read more about the event here, here, and what the park says about it here. Or, check out this 4 min video from YouTube of the 2006 event -