Thanks Mom for making us part of your family and in some cases looking past our faults, our disabilities, our illness’s, our odd combination of mixed breeds and our dark pasts.
Thanks for reading the ingredient labels on a dozen different bags of dog food in the store before choosing one for me and then going back and reading them all again, when my tummy grumbles that night after dinner.
Thanks for telling me to “sshhh” two dozen times without a timeout when I bark at the same rabbit in the front yard and only giving me a 15-minute time out when by accident I knock the lamp off the table in the living room when I spot a squirrel instead.
Thanks for holding my paw when it is time to get my shots at the vet’s office.
Thanks for patching up my favorite stuff toy repeatedly each time my little sister tears it open and spreads the stuffing all around the family room.
Thanks for not becoming hysterical when I ate the padding out of your shoes or when I ate the laces out of dads.
Thanks for all the cuddles when I am having a case of the blues and I just need a hug from my mom.
Thanks for all the awesome toys, soft blankets, warm beds, gentle collars, harnesses and leads.
Thanks for wonderful human siblings to love, protect and have as playmates.
Thanks for washing out my feed bowls, remembering to change my water, and keeping me well groomed and up to date at the vet.
Thanks for replanting the flowers after I pull them up from the garden, filling in the holes when I dig and not banishing me from the yard, because I act like a dog.
Thanks for the walks, swims, running, playing catch & fetch, going to school, competing in trials, competitions, shows, having play dates and socializing with friends and family.
Thanks for understanding that although I would love to be all that you dream, “the perfect dog”, in reality I am not. In the end, you love me with all my faults. The barking, licking, tail whacking sniffing, sneezing, scratching, squirrel chasing, puddle pouncing, grass rolling, drooling, toilet bowl drinking, poop eating, counter surfing, shoe stealing, sofa hogging, hole digging, and nose and paw printing, get into everything and anything whenever possible dog.
On the other side, I will be your never leave your side, loyal to the end, breath my last breathe for you, be part of your family like no other, best friend, love you to my end dog.
Thanks Mom, you are the best!
PS) Thanks for not minding that we shed a bit more than your human kids do too.
My first BASE jumper interview was at the mercy of Hank Caylor. I titled the piece, “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” after hearing the story of his mishap about a jump gone bad with him crashing through a buildings window and taking the elevator down to the lobby. That alone is legend worthy, but I soon discovered Mr. Caylor has building his legend since his first steps as a toddler.
From broken bones, to lacerations, to bruises and good old fashion scraps and minor burns he surpassed the amateur status in his early teen years.
A friend, the lovely and o’ so talented writer Annette O’Neil posted a video clip of Caylor from one of his early films “The Sharp End” on Facebook today and it put me in the sharing mood. Thanks Annette!
Extra featuring Hank Caylor from Sender Film’s “The Sharp End.” Sender Films has all rights to this video, please visit them at:Sender Films
In part one of the series I introduced you to Henry’s introduction into Peace for Pits when he received a last hour reprieve sparing his life. This week I sat down with the little fellow and he answered my questions regarding life beyond the cages of Chicago Animal Control and Care as he prepares for his forever family.
Peace for Pits, Henry enjoys his American Bagel bone
Dog Name: Henry O’HenryFoster Guardian’s: Tom & LisaDog Age: 1 yearDog Breed: Pit Bull MixSiblings: (human): Sage, 13, Amanda, 11 Harmony, 12Classes attended/attending: will begin @ Narnia in AprilMy nickname is: Hen
We are family, I have all my fosters hanging with me.
The type of family I am searching for to share my life with will be available to spend generous amounts of time with me, offer lots of petting, attention, cuddle time and love.
When I grow up I want to be: a happy family dog with good manners.
My favorite place to sleep is: on the couch with foster momma, but then she puts me in my crate for the night. However, I would sleep in the big beds upstairs if they would invite me to do so.
Henry and Foster Dad Tom
My favorite holiday is: St Patricks Day because that’s my 1st family holiday after being released from dog jail.
My best friend is: Alexa, I liked her right away, her lap was mine.
Henry looking for a snack.
My favorite treat: carrots, spinach, olives, celery, cucumber, kale & lettuce. I am a veggie dog, living green keeps the body clean and lean.
My favorite toy: tire
My favorite season of the year is: warm weather, not a fan of cold, rain nor heavy winds.
My favorite trip was when we went to: so far it’s been whenever Aunt Cyn takes me in the car into town to run errands. My ultimate ride was when we left the city on my FREEDOM ride.My favorite quote is: “This is Henry’s toy!”My favorite pastime activity: sitting- I love to just sit on my own & look at my family & say “look what a good boy I am!”
Henry sitting in his spot on the sofa
I look really cute when I: hop toward my toys to fetch them, or run/gallop back with them in my mouth to share with my family.The biggest mess I ever made was: a little puke in my crate, but I was careful to move my blanket out of the way & politely puke in just the little corner of crate.The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: shoes, but I just nibbled on them.The one time I was a hero was: staying alive on the streets as a stray and then surviving at the shelter until my freedom day.I am really good at: getting attention, just ask the neighbors and all my fosters friends. Girls just can’t resist how handsome I am and ask to meet me and give me a petting.
Henry strutting his stuff
I am sometimes afraid of: the dark, nighttime outside is scary, also an opossum or field mouse may startle me.The one thing I can’t resist is: snuggling on couch next to humans.I think my siblings are: Sage- loud & energetic, Amanda- loving & compassionate, Harmony- gentle & caring
Foster brother Sage and Henry
My toughest challenge so far has been: going back into the crate when my family leaves the house.Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.We have learned that the negative stereotype about pit bulls are untrue and that Henry is a calm & gentle pup. He is very loving and makes a great addition to the family. Henry enjoys joining in all family activities and wants to be in the thick of things constantly.How/Why the dog’s name was chosen:His name came about from the candy bar O’Henry which is chocolate and caramel. Also, because his foster Auntie’s said we’d be saying “O’Henry you’re too cute” or “O’Henry your’re so smart”, or “O’Henry you’re a little stinker”. He loves his name, his ears perk right up when he hears it and he comes running when called. Henry fits him perfectly.What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?In Henry’s case, he is a pit bull mix. He is on the smaller size at under 40 lbs, very intelligent, quick learner, loves the kids, mannered baby boy who has been a great family dog. He has the build of his bigger family members but fits perfectly into our town home style living. Everything you love about the breed in a bite size package.
Henry sharing the sofa
Thank you to Tom, Lisa and Henry for their participation in the interview.
If you are interested in adopting Henry, please complete an application on the Peace for Pits website, click here.
Henry begins his obedience training on April 1st, he will be attending a 6 week session In Home.
The Power of One is a series of articles about canines and the people who saved them. One person, at one moment can make all the difference to one animal. The journey of a dog being rescued can be long, their path can be filled with many people taking on the role of that one person to assure they get their second chance at life.
Introducing A 102121: Part I
A 102121 used to identify him, PA028 is the kennel number he called home for the last days. He arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control on January 26, 2014 as a stray picked up in the Englewood (Chicago) neighborhood.
A 8 month old, brown Merle and White Pit Bull Terrier. The percentages for A 102121 to receive a reprieve and second chance at life dropped with every turning of the calendars pages.
The reality is Pit Bull Terrier’s face discrimination through Breed Select Legislation (BSL), are saddled with a bad reputation through misrepresentation and suffer from over breeding due to ignorance of owners, backyard breeders and criminal enterprises.
A 102121 had the cards stack against him the minute he took his first breath in this world. He doesn’t know what Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) is, or why people fear him, or why his kind suffer abuse through forced breeding. And he’ll never understand what enjoyment can possibly be derived from forcing brother to kill brother in a ring for money. Or the evil of torturing his sister until her body gives out and her last breath drawn.
He only knows unconditional love – no different than any other of man’s furry best friends. He wants to give out kisses, cuddle up close for comfort, feel your hand stroke the length of his back, or tickle his tummy with belly rubs. He wants to have fresh water, food and a safe place to lay his head at night. He lives to be your best friend, your loyal buddy, your guardian and companion without ever questioning gender, breed, financial potential or misgivings.
A 102121 went from “adoptable” to “death-row”. Literally, he moved from one area of the shelter to another, just like the “big house” down in Joliet, Illinois.
The fine volunteers of the CACC transfer team had taken a liking to A 102121, as they do with all of the dogs they care for while pleading for rescues to come to their aid.
These people are the true warriors and heroes of rescue work in animal welfare. They are these dogs saving grace, the one person who uses their voice to start a dog on it’s journey to a second chance. They are also the one person often to give a gentle touch or say a kind word to a dog whose second chance didn’t come. Bless you for all you do when so many others do not.
They saw potential in the small brown Merle & White Pittie named Ramon Rampage. A Facebook plea went out by Peace for Pits rescue: “This brindle guy has 5 days to find a foster home or he’d be put to sleep. He is young, and lacks social skills. So he needs to be an only pet until we can build up his positive experiences with other dogs. If you can foster, please fill out an application online at www.peaceforpitsrescue.org”
I began sharing their plea on my personal page. A 102121/Ramon Rampage/Wild Child/Brindle Guy had that look that said, “I am too young to die. I have so much to see and do. There is garbage bins to knock over, mud puddles to roll in, car rides to take, cuddles to be had and kisses to be given; where is my best friend?”
Then came the day. His last hour. I didn’t want to look to see if he had been edited with the all now too familiar “RIP” on his listing. I felt as though if I didn’t look, it meant it didn’t happen.
I finally gave in and instead I sent Peace for Pits co-founder, Megan Lindberg an email asking. She replied she didn’t have the heart to email CACC as of yet, the news was probably not what she wanted to hear. And just as I thought to myself “at least I am not the only ignoring the inevitable…
Her reply email arrived, “He’s ALIVE” is all it said. It’s all it had to say. Christmas morning had come early.
I put out another plea; this time tagging a couple I knew didn’t own a dog and praying maybe they would spot my plea and succumb to his need. I offered to train him, be his dog walker, dog sit him, whatever it would take to enable them to home him as fosters.
At 6pm that evening, they responded with a Facebook pm asking what they needed to do to help. “Yes! There was the chance he could be saved.”
They completed the foster paperwork and sent it to Peace for Pits (P4P’s) rescue. I emailed P4P’s and asked them to please look for the application and to consider putting A 201121 on hold at the CACC until they reviewed the information.
At 1am I received Megan’s email saying, “Brindle guy is on hold. Lisa is now approved as his foster.”
Amen. I can rest now.
The next day, Megan confirmed with CACC that A 201121 was a “save”. I received an email asking when would be a good time to “bust him out”. Like I said, “just like the big house in Joliet”.
She gave me the honor of joining her team on this special day. Ashley, one of A 201121 supporters, Megan’s husband and rescue co-founder, Mike and my sister Jill were there for the “busting out” party.
He came running out from behind the doors leading away from the kennels, pulling Ashley and right into Jill as she bent to greet him. This little dude was saying, “Hey ladies, let’s blow this joint and now!”
Megan, Mike and Ashley loaded us up with his new belongings courtesy of the rescue. Jill placed the little dude in his crate and we set off on his freedom ride.
He rested the trip heading out of the city and to his new life. Freedom looked good on him. This is when Jill named him Henry, “He looks like caramel and chocolate, like an O’Henry candy bar, she said, as we tested out names. “Henry is also a gentle name”, she added.
She called out, “Henry”, and his head shot up in the crate. She called it out a couple of more times, with his ears perking up and his eyes widening. And so, A 201121 became Henry.
We arrived at our home where he happily bathed, washing away the ick of kennel life. We picked out some new toys, bed and fleece blankets from our stash and played for a bit to chill before returning to the road for the next leg to his foster home.
Henry’s foster family couldn’t contain themselves and came out to greet him on the driveway. He immediately went for a walk around the yard for a chance to relieve himself before heading in for the grand tour of the main living space.
His crate, otherwise known as Henry’s Dog Cave set up and playtime commenced. Henry proved a quick learner and after all the family introductions, more new toys, tours of the house and some quick training, little Henry was ready for nap time.
But for the grace of God and the empathy of multiple people who chose to be that one person who said “No. Not today. I will not let you die.” Henry lives.
The power of one person at one moment makes all the difference.
Please don’t wait until “someday” to reach out and help, be that one person today. The Henry’s of the world don’t have the option of someday.
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His handle was “Pikey Base” on the Basejumper.com forum, had a smart dry-wit attitude one would expect from a member of the Cincy BASE crew. He would cuss you up one side and down the other before you realized and then do it again. He’d tell you where to shove, stick, put, push, or squeeze it and then some. In short, he can be a arse.
Yet, you can’t help not taking a liking to the guy. If anything he is honest and that you have to respect. Even if at times it’s too much information, such as announcing in his Facebook status that he just took his morning dump.
Andy was one of a handful of BASE jumpers to reach out to me 4 years ago when I began writing about BASE. In fact, I tease Andy not only was he mentoring a newbie then, but me as well. I would text him questions 24/7 and he’ll tell you, “I would answer them after gripping, “bloody hell woman”.
Regardless of my silly questions, he would meet me online early each morning for a chat while we read the morning news and had coffee. I can always count on Andy to answer me with a straightforward reply and although I might not always want to hear the answer given, he’ll never shy away from telling it to me.
Anyone who has taken up a conversation, stood at the edge and had the pleasure of making his acquaintance can appreciate having that pleasure and the fear of almost losing him.
Eight months ago, Andy suffered a horrific accident when his parachute failed and his body slammed into the ground at the DZ where he works. Suffering from chronic pain while he is in need of further surgery to repair the leg and continue the healing and rehabilitation process. Unable to acquire that medical attention here in the states, his best hope is to return to England where the care is provided for free to its citizenry.
Recently, Sarah Ann, began an online Etsy store Snowflake Stitching selling her handmade scarves to supplement their income and save up to move to England. Sarah Ann is one tough woman, she has to be if she is marrying Andy, come on, have you been reading what I have written?
That being said, let’s put in a business plug for Snowflake Stitching, Sarah Ann’s the creative talent, while Andy makes for an excellent sales rep. He says the scarves are “soft and warm” having tested them against his freshly shaven face. The man is secure in his masculinity and unabashedly proud of Sarah Ann; not to mention madly in love.
Description: Snowflake Stitching is an Etsy business that I created to offer custom-made scarves for people all over the world.
Most Rewarding Experience: The most rewarding experience that I have had so far is, I get to make two scarves for two young girls that are in a local foster home, for their Christmas. These girls have not received anything for Christmas in a few years, and I get to make something for them to enjoy.
Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge that I have had so far is time management. It’s hard to make time for everything in your life, especially your loved ones.
2014 Goal: My goal is to simply supplement my income so I can stop working three separate jobs. To offer something classically stylish and a scarf that is timeless.
Personal sales pitch: Scarves use to be a part of every woman’s wardrobe. With our modern design we aim to make your scarf the centerpiece of your outfit once again.
Please pass along the Snowflake Stitching links to your friends and family. The scarves make unique thoughtful custom gifts, as well as support friends within the BASE community.
Without further ado,
~15 Questions with Pikey BASE~
Name: Andy Copland
Marital Status: Engaged
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Hometown: Newmarket, England
Education: College Dropout
Number of Jumps: 300+
Year of first Jump: 2007
BASE number: 1338
Year of first Skydive: 2005
Container: Apex DP/Prism
Canopy: FLiK 220 3 of 7 and Mojo
Nickname: Candy Opland. Don’t Ask.
Something else we shouldn’t ask about???
1. What will your epitaph read?
If you are reading this then you are wasting your day.
2. What is your greatest fear in life? Falling, cliché
3. When someone contacts you and asks you to personally teach them to BASE jump, what advice do you offer them first?
Just this week I had another person ask me to teach them and I haven’t agreed as such as I am injured but did agree to teach him to pack and learn some things before his FJC. Generally people asking tend to be either too humble or too cocky. I am more about mental preparation and attitude than jump numbers. There are guys out there with 10,000 skydives who I wouldn’t touch and some guys with 100 jumps I would. The too cocky ones I tell to beat it, the too humble ones I remind them that they have to think for themselves as very few things in this sport are really in stone and there is a lot to learn whether it’s from a bloke with 100 jumps or 1000.
4. What is your jump philosophy and what shaped that philosophy?
I’m not really sure how to answer this question…. I guess my philosophy is ask yourself why you are doing this. It isn’t playing chess, but by the same merit it also isn’t russian roulette. But it is a high risk activity and the consequences can be dire. It’s always that first solo that makes it all make sense. You have no jumpers with you, no ground crew, no one. It gives you a chance to reflect on the risk vs reward, and is it ever rewarding for me. In a nutshell….My philosophy is treat the sport as a lifestyle, not a hobby or it just isn’t worth it for me. I think what shaped that thinking is just being in BASE a few years I seen people get hurt from silly mistakes because they were a yearly Perrine jumper and I’m a snobby cunt.
5. What do you do to de-stress?
Junk food and movies with my girl away from the drop zone and everyone associated with it.
7. Do you foresee “enough ever being enough” for you when it comes to seeking out new adventures?
Never. I have always been a day dreamer and those day dreams are usually full of travel and adventure
8. Do you see a common thread in all jumpers, regardless of place, gender or skill level?
Absolutely, this sport just transforms the meaning of friendship and it doesn’t matter their skill level or gender up there; it’s about being in that moment with good friends. I like to think we all share that, but maybe I’m a corny romanticist.
9. Name a jumper who you most admire and why so?
Oh Christ…. So many to mention. Lonnie Bissonnette of course for his sheer determination to never give up. Brett Kistler may come as a surprise to some, but he balances travel, culture and BASE jumping nicely even if he does look like the Hitler youth. I have a real admiration for those who just go out and get the job done quietly too like Jimmy Kensill who was also my mentor and has well over 1000 BASE jumps by now. Also everyone at Anti Gravity BASE are committed to helping injured jumpers. They helped me out in my time of need.
Sarah Ann, Lonnie Bissonnette, and Andy
10. How much do you adhere to the old school BASE ethics?
I cared about them a lot more when I started as I didn’t want to step on any toes but eventually I realised that as long as you are not burning someones city to the ground then it’s fair game. I try to contact the locals every time, if I can’t get hold of them I’ll go find something to jump at night. Now if it’s my backyard then you can’t tell me how to play in it, my yard = my rules and if I want to jump a building at noon that’s my prerogative
11. What is more frightening, planning a wedding or standing on the edge of an exit point?
I’ve never planned a wedding so I would guess the wedding. I’d be too scared to even attempt something as crazy as that. I’ll let Sarah and her friends deal with that mess.
12. What was the biggest challenge in your life this past year?
Recovering from an accident at work. I had a freak accident and my canopy collapsed. At work I fly an 84sq/ft canopy so when it collapsed at 50-100 ft there was no recovering from it. I impacted hard and broke my L4, my right femur, my right heel and my left tib/fib compounded so badly I severed an artery in my leg and crushed the ankle. It was really in the air as to whether they would be able to save my lower leg as they worked for a pulse. I’m 8 months in and still unable to walk for long periods of time let alone get back to work.
13. Where did you gain your strength to overcome the challenge?
Without a doubt Sarah has been the rock during all this, she has suffered from the accident almost as much as me. Also everyone at Skydive The Farm has been great supporting me.
14. Where do you foresee yourself in 5 years?
I would like to be back in Europe, preferably on a beach and close to a drop zone. Anywhere as long as I am jumping again, that is my goal in the coming years.
15. Do you have any regrets about your BASE jumping career?
I wouldn’t say they are regrets, but I do wish I got all the footage of my jumps from some of my mates before they went in! Jokes aside, not really no. I try not to live with regrets as regrets tie you to the past, and I am a firm believer in looking ahead.
Two jumpers in gear at the back of the exit ramps,
The starter will ask…
“Jumper A ready?” – confirm,
“Jumper B ready?” – confirm
Jumpers take your starting position at the edge.
The starter begins countdown, “5 – 4″
A single signal is repeated 3 times, bip, bip, bip
Welcome to the World BASE Race
Envision two men standing on wooden platforms at the edge of a mountain cliff. Each man is dressed in what appears to be a flying squirrel suit. At the signal, they jump and race head-on to the finish line, deploying their parachutes and gliding to a safe landing. Mind blowing? Extraordinary? A testament to man’s intestinal fortitude? Innovative genius? A sporting event unlike any other in the world? If you answered yes to all of the above, then let me introduce you to an event that P.T. Barnum would have billed as part of “The Greatest Show on Earth”.
It’s been four years since I first wrote those words regarding the World BASE Race of 2009. Base jumping was new to me and wingsuit racing was new to the sport itself. Co-founder and former director of the event Paul Fortun spoke of the race becoming the greatest public party for the athletes and spectators alike.
If the caliber of athletes, gear and number of spectators gathering pre-race day is any indication, I’d say there’s about to be one hell of a party.
Women Base jumpers Lika Borzova, Kjersti Eide, Hege Ringard, Tine Richter, Livia Dickie, Rima El-Masri Baich, Roberta Mancino, Erin Shutes, Daniella Curly Liaris, Holly Mailander, Jenny McZolla and Lori Butz set a new record off Exit 6 in Kjerag, Norway.
Note: At the time of publishing, we were still awaiting confirmation on three of the jumpers names.
This weekend is SPLIT OF A SECOND up on the 5 Point Film Festival in Colorado, April 25, 2013, Check the Festival’s trailer, it is beautiful! With Espen Fadnes, Björn Fävremark, John Boisen, Lars Idmyr
There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect. Ronald Reagan
Alexander Polli is one such man who has removed all constraints from his mind and is free to achieve what others consider the impossible.
Published on Apr 16, 2013
Wingsuit / BASE-jump athlete Alexander Polli does the never before done—a tactical flight through a narrow cave on a rugged mountainside. The flight starts with a jump from a hovering helicopter, Alexander reaches speeds of 250 km/h (155 mph) while following a precise trajectory leading to the cave opening, he then fully commits and flies directly through the narrow opening of the “Batman Cave!”
Shot in full HD, this extraordinary flight exceeds the level of commitment most fliers would ever consider—there can be no attempting, the only option is success!
The narrow cave, no wider than Alexander is tall, is located in Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain—a location that has inspired this professional Italian Norwegian athlete’s flying dream his whole life. Alexander hopes his success will inspire others not only to ‘climb over their mountains,’ but to also fly right through them!
Chris ‘douggs’ Mcdougall will be conducting a First Jump Course at the Perrine Memorial Bridge, aka The Potato Bridge, in Idaho, May 7th-May 17th, 2013.
If you have completed 200 skydives, have your own rig, and read/studied The Great Book of BASE; You can contact Chris via email@example.com to discuss your qualifications and registration process and fees.
Please share this information with those you feel would benefit from this opportunity. Thank you.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. Leonardo da Vinci
In case you missed it…there are lots of photos on Instagram of the jump as it took place.
414m fall into the history books and hearts of the Kuwaiti people…
~from Chris’s Facebook Status Feed
Holy Shit…..we did it :) Kuwait’s first 2 base jumps ever and achieved in perfect Aussie style :) I am so proud to have a whole country support me in our joint dreams! I really hope i can be appreciated in my home country of Australia one day but in the mean time…… I am happy to make the rest of the world happy while my country is busy being ultra gay!…..Oz is missing out. Lucky you like cricket Aussies!!!!
I am so happy and Proud of base jumping right now and the fact that East VS West means absolutely nothing to the real human being!…… fuck the Governments and may happiness and love rule the universe and adventure sports :)
Kudos to the Little Fluffer for inspiring those around her to dance at the exit, dance at the landing zone, dance in the street, in the parking lot, at the Troll Wall sign, on mountains across Europe, on top of RapeVan, morning, noon and night. She danced her way through 2012 and convinced all around her to do the same.
To all those BASE dancers, remember dance, gear check, dance, gear check, dance, gear check, jump.
Today my 24th interview began landing in readers post boxes around the globe, as my 10th BASE article appears in the February 2013 issue of Blue Skies Magazine.
My latest is ESPEN FADNES SMOOTH OPERATOR. If the opportunity to meet Mr. Fadnes, “Fast-Dog” of Midget BASE fame arises, take it.
Espen “Fast-Dog” Fadnes
In fact if you are new to BASE jumping I guarantee that you will learn something about the sport, about the interviewees and yourself by reading from my body of work about BASE. And again, if you have the opportunity to meet or speak to these people, take it.
Calvin 19 and his sisters Annie and Emily
Clair Marie (The BASE Girl)
Tracey Space Walker
Jevto Dedijer (BASE 66)
Karen Lewis Dalton
Ana Isabel Dao
Tony Uragalla (Tony Suits)
Miles and Nikki Daisher
These people embodied the essence of my blog tagline,”Everyone has a story to tell…some people use more exclamation marks than others.”
Greeting’s from the desk of the editor of Blue Skies Magazine:
Happy Valentine’s Day. We have a little treat for you, and it’s called the February issue of Blue Skies Mag, which is mailing out now.
If you don’t have your magazine by March 1, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, hang tight and keep checking your mailbox for this tasty morsel of delight.
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So here is what is inside issue #40:
Cover Photo The great and powerful Jeffro takes a selfie. “Making Old Skool Cool. Red Bull Air Force jumper Jeff Provenzano hadn’t seen Stefan Klaus or a sky surf board in years, but both showed up one day in Eloy, Arizona. A mirror glued to the bottom of the board and ‘Bam there it is. Pretty weird seeing a full-body reflection of yourself in freefall. I could not help but laugh.'”
“No Shit There I Was” Katena (the one who’s not a boy) on a day where she didn’t land in the Atlantic Ocean.
Did you hear about the wingsuit chick who landed in the ocean at Sebastian Invasion? Katena Houfek was that chick and this is her story.
The FlyBy Monthly tit4tat, reader news, Blue Skies Mailbox, Point Break quiz, new NZ Aerosports CF canopy, and a fantastic new way to memorize randoms.
“Go Fast Slingshot” by Jimmy Pouchert, Apex BASE You didn’t think there was only one energy drink, did you?
Jimmy Pouchert was a human spitball for the Crown Prince.
♥ “Kickin’ It Old Skool” by Randy Swallows
Jumpers Over Seventy (JOS)
Randy Swallows photographed the record and has a few thoughts on these oldest of the old-school school. Bottom line: They’re awesome.
“Espen Fadnes: Smooth Operator” by Cynthia Guzman
Espen Fadnes, ProBASE World Cup 2012 Champion
The amazing Miss Cynthia interviews the current ProBASE World Cup champ, who thinks, “I was at my best as a BASE jumper in 2006-2007. I hope to be that good one day again. To fly with that confidence. Maybe next year. I’ll try to do 300-400 wingsuit skydives before next season and then maybe…”
“Top 10 Tunnel Flyers” by Jacob Diliberto
Havaard Flaat in the Bedford tunnel doing…something.
Jake assesses the tunnel talent around the world and makes his male and female rankings.
Sebastian Invasion Photo Essay by Norman Kent
A picture here of the pictures featured would not help us in our goal to sell print magazines.
“Paying the Piper: David Michael Winland, Tattoo Artist”
Some of David’s work on the arm of Jason Peters.
David Winland and his shop, Judas Custom Tattoo & Social Club, was voted “Best DZ Tattoo Artist” in our December 2012 issue, so let’s get to know him, shall we? Oh and PS – the aerial photo in this feature was taken by Vince Arnone, whom we didn’t get photo credit in the mag for. Sorry Vince!
“Tales of the Badass: SoCal Converge” by Sydney Williams
Sydney interviews not one, but three badasses this month. Andy, Travis, and Matt are not too terrible at freeflying.
“Turning Points: 4-Way Personnel Drama” by Kurt Gaebel, NSL
Kurt analyzes the new Arizona Airpseed and SDC Rhythm XP lineups. And as the title suggests, it involves a little drama.
“TSA Two-Step” by the Fuckin’ Pilot
Dean “Princess” Ricci is not in the Transportation Safety Administration’s fan club. Neither is Barry Williams, but they each have very different ways of showing it.
I first interviewed Tracy Walker, Base 283 back in 2009. I titled his interview after his signature line, since that time we have continued to keep in touch on both of professional and personal level. I have been pestering Tracy to take some time and write his memoirs, the man has an interesting life story to tell and a charming way of expressing himself. There are life lessons in his life story for all of us.
My dear friend, whom I like to refer to as “big brother” for the way he chides me into doing more than I thought possible, has finally put finger to keyboard.
Blue Skies magazine posted the first part of his tale of his first jump of El Cap way back when in the early days of BASE. In a time when people didn’t speak about BASE jumping openly, there where no GoPro’s, and slapping mosquito’s at the exit point could get a man killed.
Check out Tracy’s story at: El Cap. Voice your opinion in the comments and by voting to let the editors know Tracy deserves a shot at the big time in print.
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Base 66: Jevto Dedijer
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: iUniverse.com (2 Nov 2004)
GroundRush by Simon Jakeman
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (6 Aug 1992)
Confessions of An Idiot: Chris 'douggs' McDougall
Softcover: 255 pages
Publisher: BASEDREAMS 2009
FreeFall: Tom Read
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company (6 Aug 1998)
The Great Book of BASE: Matt Gerdes
Softcover: 269 pages
Publisher: Birdbrain Publishing
High Infatuation: A Climbers Guide to Love and Gravity: Steph Davis
Softcover: 189 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2007)
Learning to Fly: An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and One Amazing Dog: Steph Davis
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (April 2, 2013)
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