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Gravity Workshop Video-2010

Some mixed stuff we’ve done in 2010, mostly filmed in Norway. Flying by Andrey Karr, Eiliv Ruud, Matt Wilson and other cool guys.

Someone You Should Know…15 Questions with… Michael Pelkey

Answer for $200: What is the date and time of the leap into BASE jumping history?

Answer for $400: What object did the 1966 jump take place from?

Answer for $600: Which founding father of modern BASE was inspired to follow up with a first BASE jump of his own from the same object?

Answer for $800: What is a skydiving rig with round parachute?

Answer for $1000: What are the names of the two men that made the historic 1966 jump?

(Insert annoying clock ticking game show tune)

Time is up…

The answer is: Brian Schubert and Michael Pelkey.

  • Age: 69
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: Two per marriage, two marriages
  • Current Location: Simi Valley, California
  • Hometown: Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Education: Some college, no formal degree
  • Number of Base jumps: 2
  • Year of first Jump: 1964 (skydiving) 1966 (1st BASE jump)
  • Container: Military backpack and harness
  • Canopy: 28′ TU modified military + 24′ reserve
  • Profession: Electronics /Electromechanical Design Engineer
  • Number of Skydives: 207
  • Base Number: Not Applicable

In researching B.A.S.E. history, you’ll come across the story of an El Capitan jump circa 1966 and the events that transpired 40 years later with the passing of Brian Schubert at Bridge Day. If you are a regular on the forum you might run across a post by Mike, usually he comments in reply to a friend’s post here and there. Or in reading through the articles section you’ll come across his telling of “the jump”.

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“Take Care, Space”: The Tracy Walker Interview

If ever there was a BASE jumper deserving a “E!” True Hollywood Story, that would be the man you recognize by his trademark “Take Care, Space” signature line.

Tracy “Space” Walker, born and raised in the deep south of the United States, is every bit a self-made man. He was reared along with an older brother by his single mother and grandmother during the early years of his childhood. It was later, during his teenage years and surviving a heavy-handed stepfather, whom Tracy would come to describe as the epitome of evil that life served up some tough knocks. Tracy set out on his own as soon as he was able to fly the coop, breaking a negative cycle in search of a positive life. To hear tales of his teenage years makes one cringe; to know the caring, loving man that he became against the odds, makes one want to sing his praises.

Ask any of the BASE jumpers who have had the pleasure of his company on a jump, or the opportunity to spend time talking with him and you will hear the same descriptions over and over. “Space is the Yoda of BASE”, “He is a guru of sorts”, “He mentors the best of the best.” As research progressed I soon heard, “He is mentor to Felix the glory hound of all glory hounds.” I could almost hear the “booing and hissing” in the background as the words rang in my ears.

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