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Two Plead Guilty To BASE Jumping In Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

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Early on the morning of last August 18th, climbing ranger Brent Mims was alerted to the possibility that a BASE jump was going to occur in the park. He found a good vantage point and saw two men – Kevin Cochran and John Fuerst – attempting to hide what he believed to be parachutes in the canyon below the 2,250-foot-high Painted Wall on the north rim, Colorado’s highest cliff and a well-known BASE-jumping site. He contacted them when they left the canyon and both admitted to making the jump and to hiding their parachutes in the gulley below. The parachutes and associated gear were confiscated but returned to the two men after their court hearing due to their cooperation. On October 2nd, both Fuerst and Cochran pled guilty to violating the regulation prohibiting BASE jumping (36 CFR 2.17a3). They were each ordered to pay $1,285 in fines, with the court requiring that $2,000 of this total be deposited in the Black Canyon Search and Rescue Fund, which is used to support the park’s volunteer climbing ranger team.



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