Aspen Base Jumper Crashes but Doing Fine

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on July 24, 2009 7:40 pm

Aspen Base Jumper and Skier, Ted Davenport had a mishap jumping off of Anvil Points near Rifle on a jump they call the “W” Hotel.  The jump is an 817 foot cliff and Davenport went off with two friends.  Davenport has made this jump at the “W” Hotel 33 times and has made 286 jumps in his career.  Davenport was wearing safety gear head to toe and characterized his situation as more of a hard landing than a crash. 

He was flown via a Colorado Air National Guard Blackhawk helicopter extracting him using a T-arm sit device on a long line.  To aide in the rescue, Davenport had GPS.  His co-jumpers landed a quarter to a half a mile away and had to hike to get to Davenport.

Davenport was taken to the St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction and says he will try to participate in the World Heli Challenge at the end of August which will be broadcast right here on The Ski Channel which is available on Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Cox, AT&T, Verizon and Brighthouse Networks.

Good luck and wishes for a speedy recovery from The Ski Channel.

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