September 2, 2014
ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) - Napa County authorities say a man died after colliding with the side of a mountain while parachuting off Mount St. Helena.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that 35-year-old Walden Grindle, an avid BASE jumper, had hiked up a fire trail with a parachute on Sunday to the top of the mountain and jumped off.
BASE jumpers leap from high places: buildings, cliffs or other perches, and parachute down.
Napa County sheriff's Sgt. Doug Pace says Grindle called someone from his cellphone after breaking his hip in the collision.
Grindle had also activated an emergency beacon, and authorities were dispatched at 12:40 p.m.
Crews found Grindle, who was recently married, dead at about 1:10 p.m.
Walden had been arrested previously for jumping off El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.