BASE jumpers, slackliners in Moab for extreme sports holiday

MOAB, Utah (AP) — Hundreds of BASE jumpers and slackliners are in Moab for holiday events to where they’ll walk across webbing stretched between red rock crevices or jump from fixed points like sandstone mesas.

A slackline event called GGBY kicked off Tuesday and runs through Saturday. Participants balance on lines of flat webbing strung across a chasm known as the Fruit Bowl.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports The event started 10 years ago but 2017 marks the first time federal land managers are imposing rules on parking, camping and bathroom use on participants at the desert gathering.

The Deseret News reports BASE jumpers celebrating the fifth annual Turkey Boogie are raising money for public lands agencies and search and rescue teams who operate in the area.

Organizers hope to bring in $12,000 for the Grand County Search and Rescue, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.