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.
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.