Kathleen Adams, accused in Whistler Peak 2 Peak BASE jump, apologizes
Apology delivered in written statement to media, Adams says stunt dangerous and irresponsible
Kathleen Adams, the 23-year-old woman arrested for allegedly helping 27-year-old man Graham Dickinson illegally BASE jump from the Peak 2 Peak gondola in February, has apologized in a written letter to the Pique News Magazine in Whistler.
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In the statement delivered to the Pique by her lawyer Greg Diamond, Adams says she "wants to address the severity of my actions in hopes that I can prevent another similar incident."
Adams says she was "swept up in the moment" trying to help Dickinson recreate a 2008 stunt by late BASE jumper Shane McConkey.
In her statement Adams calls her actions "dangerous and irresponsible."
The Ontario native says she hopes her letter will help repair some of the damage she's done to the community.
Adams is facing charges of mischief over $5,000 and obstruction of justice after allegedly providing misleading statements to police.
She was arrested at the Longhorn Saloon and Grill in Whistler, where she had worked for three years.
Video of the illegal jump that was subsequently posted to YouTube shows Dickinson forcing the gondola doors open and jumping out.
Shane McConkey BASE jump
The title of the video, McConkey Reborn, apparently honours Shane McConkey, an extreme skier who BASE jumped from the same point on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola when it opened in 2008.
McConkey's jump, however, with fellow BASE jumper Miles Daisher, was carried out during an event sponsored by Red Bull and with the permission of Whistler Blackcomb.
McConkey died in 2009 after jumping off a cliff with a parachute while filming a movie in Italy.
BASE jumping usually involves a leap off fixed objects with a parachute. BASE is an acronym which stands for four types of objects from which jumpers can make the leap – a building, antenna, span, or Earth, such as a cliff.