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Skydiving to BASE jump? Read- The Great Book of B.A.S.E.

 


Calvin19  (D 29712)

Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM
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I got into skydiving specifically to learn how to BASE jump. I had TONS of questions that were hard for me to find answers to. This was 8 years ago.
I recently finished reading the entire book The Great Book Of BASE by Matt Gerdes. I have been jumping for seven years, mentoring for four years, and was not able to find anything wrong with the information in this book. I strongly recommend it to anyone wanting to BASE jump, or anyone even interested in the history or modern equipment and technique of the sport.

http://base-book.com/

Please note that I am not advertising here, I was not asked to post this, I just want to share it with fellow skydivers.


SkyBastard

Nov 28, 2010, 1:19 PM
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I have no intention of base jumping but this is still on my xmas list


Hvance

Nov 28, 2010, 1:57 PM
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Looks like a very interesting book. I might buy that.


TampaPete  (B License)

Nov 28, 2010, 6:22 PM
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I'm not a base jumper but I read Base 66 (birthday gift from my wife). It's a good read. I recommend it.


Calvin19  (D 29712)

Nov 28, 2010, 9:47 PM
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The main point of The Great Book Of BASE is academic, there are a few stories and short biographies but it is basically an informative textbook.


humbled1  (C 37241)

Nov 28, 2010, 10:34 PM
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In reply to:
...Please note that I am not advertising here, I was not asked to post this, I just want to share it with fellow skydivers.

I never intended to skydive...well I talked about it with a friend but I thought it cost too much. I finally did a tandem when I was 40; mainly as a xmas gift to my 18 year old daughter who jumped with me.....I was hooked

Recently I did my first w/s jump....I am hooked....I have only done 5 so far but plan on doing a few tomorrow.

....long story short; I just bought that book...do you see where this is going? Cool

Thanks for the post and the nudge Wink

btw, you should work for them... they got at least one sale just cuz of u Smile


trig78  (B License)

Nov 28, 2010, 11:54 PM
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[reply... they got at least one sale just cuz of u Smile
Make that 2 ;)

I'm obviously not a BASE jumper but a relatively experienced paraglider pilot and a begginer skydiver hoping to get a taste of few diferent disciplines of skydiving and make my first Base jumps during 2011.
I have been looking at that book for a while now. Just oredered it along with BASE 66 :) Thanks for the push.


JackC1

Nov 29, 2010, 12:29 AM
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I'm reading it now and it does seem informative from a non-BASE perspective. It does make you realise the things you'd need to work on in skydiving if you ever wanted to get into BASE. I also read BASE 66 and Groundrush, both good but latter is slightly more interesting I think. I'll never say never but I hope BASE never gets it's claws into me, the fatality list is already populated by too many people I knew. Unsure


mutumbo  (Student)

Nov 29, 2010, 12:49 AM
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In reply to:
the fatality list is already populated by too many people I knew. Unsure


im the biggest non jumping BASE supporter there is, and i truly think that noone even think about trying this sport without readint the fatality list, along with the BASE accident lit on BASEjumper.com. so people know what they are really getting into.


INSANEDADDY  (D 27625)

Nov 29, 2010, 2:04 AM
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I just finished it. It was a Great book. Even if your not a base jumper there is some great info on the history of base. I highly recommend it.


adoniz

Nov 29, 2010, 11:57 AM
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I'm in the same situation as you. I got into skydiving for the same reasons. I just realized, you should'nt become a basejumper within your first year as a skydiver. :)

Anyway; I've read Base 66 and i'm half ways trough The great book of base. Finding it very usefull for skydiving aswell. Technics on opening on heading i.e.

I'd also recomend "Confessions of an idiot" Great story about Chris McDougall's b.a.s.e life..


mchamp  (D 32129)

Nov 29, 2010, 12:01 PM
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I'm on it! Many thanks!


Grubber  (C 39556)

Nov 30, 2010, 9:51 AM
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+1 for Douggs' book

also good are "Falling, How Our Greatest Fear Became Our Greatest Thrill" by Soden

and

"Birdmen, Batmen and Skyfliers" by Abrams

awesome freakin' books to keep you stoked when the weather won't let you jump



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