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Dead Person Of The Day November 23 – Dan Osman

0 Comments 23 November 2011

Good Morning Folks,

Great DPD today. For starters I’d like to give a tip of the hat to lubbockonline.com for making their first appearance on the NOR. Well done. I’d also like to congratulate them on a fantastically written obit. In our expert opinion this obit has something that most truly lack. Intimacy with the subject. It’s heartfelt, endearing and I genuinely feel like I had a good sense of the man’s essence. So well done.

Speaking of the subject. What a goddam badass. Dan Osman was a certifiable madman. As the obit describes – Osman pioneered two forms of climbing/jumping. One, free soloing which can be seen in this video. The second,  a radical new sport called rope jumping (which is highlighted in the video above). He used to call his art form “Flossing the sky”. Do yourself a favor and spend 10 minutes reading the rest…

Daniel Eugene Osman (February 11, 1963 – November 23, 1998)

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) – It was already dark in Yosemite Valley, but Dan Osman danced about the rock, as sure-footed as always. Perched high atop a granite spire called Leaning Tower, he was preparing to push the limit once again.

Osman had leapt off this cliff a month earlier, plunging 1,050 feet before his rope stopped him just 90 feet from the ground. That jump was for the cameras and the record books. This one, attended only by his friend Miles Daisher, would be for the sheer joy of it.

“I’m going for the end of the rope,” Osman told Daisher, measuring out arm lengths of jump line.

Earlier leaps had taken him west. Now he’d turn north, aiming for where the tree-studded boulder field below Leaning Tower sloped down toward the valley floor. He figured that would allow a jump of more than 1,100 feet, or, as he preferred to calculate it, 11 seconds of glorious, terrifying free fall.

“Dude, that’s kind of neat, but watch out for those trees,” Daisher said. Continue

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