Mathew Kenney, 29, fell to his death on Tuesday while wingsuit-flying among remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border
A California man has died while wingsuit-flying among remote cliffs on the Arizona-Utah border, experts said.
The Coconino County Sheriffs Office said Wednesday that it is designing a plan to recover their own bodies of Mathew Kenney, 29, of Santa Cruz. It is caught in a cranny about 600 ft below where he climbed Tuesday in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness a rocky, desolate scenery that is hard to navigate, sheriffs Lt Bret Axlund said.
Kenney punched a wall after jumping with a wingsuit, but investigates said theyre not sure exactly how it happened. Formerly they arrived at his body, they will examine his material, Axlund said.
Patches of frost and steep terrain atop the canyon walls retained a helicopter from property Tuesday to try to reach the body.
Wingsuit flying is one of the most extreme different forms of Base jumping Base being an acronym of the different stages, house, feeler, distance and clay. Wingsuit leaflets glide frighteningly close to cliffs and trees in their clothings that resemble flying squirrels. It is illegal in national park but not in the wilderness domain where Kenney jumped.
Kenneys close friend, Matt Frohlich, said Kenney was an experienced, talented jumper “whos been” traveled around the world. He said he was thankful for the respect and professionalism that authorities have shown Kenneys friends and family.
Its a pretty big hit to the community, he said. It is sad.
In an early 2015 interrogation with Phoenix television station KPHO, Kenney described the nervousness and anticipation that comes with Base jumping. He and a fellow skydiving instructor had climbed from the roof of a Tempe apartment complex and wasted the night in jail for trespassing, the station reported.
We get a bad rap from everybody because theres a lot of misunderstanding as to what we do, Kenney told the station. They just think we are crazy adrenaline buffs that are jumping off cliffs with primitive parachute engineering, when certainly what we do, if practiced properly, is pretty safe and pretty cool and pretty fun.
Kenneys death is the first assigned to Base jumping in the Bureau of Land Managements Arizona Strip District, which encompasses often of the far northwestern area on the part of states north of the Grand Canyon, BLM spokeswoman Rachel Carnahan said. The domain is favourite with hikers for its slit valleys and a shaping known as The Wave, a geologic shaping with vortices of searing cherry-reds, oranges and yellow-bellieds that fold into a bowl.
The agency is not considering any restrictions on Base jumping as a result of Kenneys demise, Carnahan said.
Were forever monitoring security in backcountry areas, she said. Certainly we would take a look at the regulations and policies again if it looked like it was becoming a trend.
Authorities in northern Arizona have had to respond to other Base-jumping fatalities in recent years. A Norwegian humanity died in 2012 when a gale of breeze blew him into a canyon wall and his parachute malfunctioned. The sheriffs bureau told you he fell about 1,000 ft onto the canyon floor near the Little Colorado River.
More lately in 2014, a Canadian humanity wearing a wingsuit croaked after trauma from a drop near the confluence of the Little Colorado and Colorado rivers. His acquaintances reported receiving him about 2,000 ft below the highest level of a canyon.