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5 Most Popular Spots for BASE Jumping


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Troll Wall, Norway
Although BASE jumping is legal in Norway, it is illegal from the Troll Wall, which has a vertical drop of 3,600 feet, supposedly the steepest in Europe.
Although BASE jumping is legal in Norway, it is illegal from the Troll Wall, which has a vertical drop of 3,600 feet, supposedly the steepest in Europe.

Norway is the land of testosterone. Leif Ericsson, the famous Norse sailor, discovered North America long before Christopher Columbus. The feats of polar explorer Roald Amundsen are legendary. He was the first to travel the Northwest Passage, and after learning that someone else had become the first to make it to the North Pole, he turned south for Antarctica [source: PBS]. So it's no wonder that Norway embraces BASE jumping. One of the top places to jump is the Troll Wall, which is part of the Troll Peaks. It supposedly has the greatest vertical drop in Europe, at 3,600 feet (1,097.28 meters) [source: Iqbal].

Although BASE jumping is legal in Norway, it is illegal from the Troll Wall because rescuers have a hard and dangerous time getting to jumpers if something goes wrong. That's why experts say only experienced BASE jumpers should attempt a jump from The Troll. The rock face is loose and craggy, but the views are spectacular [source: BASE Romsdalen].