-Australian Story: Mad World/Chris McDougall


By his own admission, Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall has lost at least fifty friends participating in the BASE jumping and skydiving sports he loves.

The most confronting example was his girlfriend, who plunged to her death in front of him when her parachute failed to open on her 200th skydive.

Despite these sobering losses, Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall maintains he never feels responsible for anyone else’s death and that the sport is well worth risking his life for.

After winning the World BASE Jumping Championships in Malaysia in 2003, he went on to pioneer further death-defying feats, including the development of a dangerous cliff-tracking technique with a tiny margin for error.

Today Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall admits he’s living on borrowed time – but having survived to age thirty-three, now says he expects to make it to eighty years old.


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