Sixth Year Of BASE

“Practice the ABC’s as if they are advanced. Thats the key to advancing”

Six years in Neverland. 

This year was pretty slow for me in comparison to previous years but it was much richer in terms of experiences. I spent the first half working and saving money, then travelled pretty much full time for the second half. I met the love of my life, we bought a house, visited 14 countries together, and for the first time in years I’ve started to look forward and forecast my future vs feeling like I was stuck on a treadmill. 

Six years has gone by in a blur and I’m very grateful that I started keeping this kinda virtual logbook to immortalize my journey. 

It seems like a lifetime ago when I sold everything and moved to Twin to live, and work in this world full time. As with any pursuit in life it has required me to make sacrifice after sacrifice and a lot of the time I’ve felt like it was an uphill battle. 

I never thought I would be able to make a living from BASE, let alone meet my future wife within it. But I’m happy to say both of those things have happened. This pursuit has taken me all over the world, and I’ve experienced things I never even fathomed.

What I appreciate the most are the relationships I have formed as a result of being in this world. I’ve learned to be more honest, both with myself and towards others, to love harder, be less selfish, and most of all, to truly appreciate how lucky I am to be alive and healthy. 

As the years continue to tick by I become more and more careful. My own fears keep me safe, forcing me to really take my time, and not push my own limits beyond what I know I’m capable of. In my eyes I believe that self awareness is the most important skill anyone can have in this activity. Being able to look at yourself and truly acknowledge what you are capable of, and more importantly, what you are not capable of, is the key to longevity. There is no ceiling to progression and as clique as it sounds, it’s all about the journey. 

Aside from these videos highlighting my jumps from the year, each clip also represents a certain point I was at mentally, physically, on a certain trip, with certain people etc. My memories are immortalized in these videos and that’s the main reason I create them. Unfortunately most of my most memorable jumps were either at night, the camera didn’t work, or I’m just choosing not to share them for obvious reasons.

I’m not trying to win, be the best, or necessarily accomplish anything in particular. My main goal always has, and always will be, extremely simple. I want to keep playing, exploring, and experiencing something that so few people in the world will ever understand. I have created that privilege for myself, and it has come through never ending sacrifice. 

Heres to another year of no injuries, constant refinement, and a deeper understanding of what’s truly important in life. 

I am the turtle.

 

john