Reviews for BASE 66
Average Rating : 4.75 out of 5
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I have yet to make my first BASE jump... but this book was amazing. The detailed accounts of Jevto's experiences dragged me in. I couldn't put the book down, and I most definatlly finished it the same night that I got it.
Describes the way a jumper earns his BASE-number
This book was published in english weeks before I made my first BASE-jumps. What a valuable coincidence!
I really went nuts about this book and the characters described in it. In some way this book ist "quiet": no vanity fair, no heroes, no snobbish attitudes. That, I actually enjoyed very much.
It was highly interesting for me to read about the beginnings of BASE-jumping, the fear, the way things may go...
And besides all that it's an entertaining novel (even if the characters are real) about friendship.
All in all the subtitle describes it very well: "A story about fear, fun and freefall".
I will read it again... and again.
Thank you Jevto! It meant a lot to me.
This is a thrilling reading for skydivers, BASE-jumpers and even curious pedestrians.
read it at lunch
the book describes all the thoughts and feelings i had when making my first jumps. i would suggest it to anyone that has thought about BASE or, anyone really.
BASE 66 is by far the best account of BASE jumping yet published.
I've read pretty much everything written about BASE jumping. Heck, I've written a good deal of it. This is about as good as it gets.
I make several BASE jumps every week, and I still found my pulse accelerating when reading Jevto Dedijer's accounts of jumps in the 80's. He accurately captures the excitement, the feelings, the comradery, and the sense of adventure that still permeate the sport today.
While the technology, and in some cases the pace of jumps, may have changed since then, the feelings have not. BASE has brought me many of the same feelings described in BASE 66, despite the changes in BASE since the 80's. We may make more jumps in a shorter time, and we may have more reliable gear, but the same feelings move us. And the feelings are, after all, the real reason that we jump.
If you are a BASE jumper, you must read this book. If you are not, you ought to read it anyway. I've made it required reading in the BASE jumping (for non jumpers) course I teach at the College of Southern Idaho. I also recommend it to my BASE jumping students, and to experienced BASE jumpers.