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.
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.”
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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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