15 years ago, 11/23/1998 one of the greatest adventurers of a generation died practicing his craft. Dan Osman was a renowned soloist, climbing ropeless up to 12c. He was the most well known practitioner of controlled freefalls, or rope jumping, his longest measured jump was over 1000 feet.
Dan died as a result of error induced rope failure when his primary line failed as a result of high tension friction. Prior to that final jump, Dan made several smaller flights, and it is believed that a change in jump angle causes two of his lines to cross, and under tension, the friction caused the rope to melt.
Rest In Peace