Monday November 25, 2013
Athlete Daniel Moore, a longtime Moabite and a very seasoned jumper, died over the weekend in a jump from a well-known exit point within Moab city limits. He is mourned at the beginning of what is the largest BASE-jumping get-together in the US (aside from Bridge Day, which is arguably more focused on mass spectating than it is on jumping).
I leave for Moab tomorrow, heart somewhat heavy, hoping the rest of the event plays out without incident.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
If you have an MarS A.S. M2 automatic activation device (AAD) installed in your rig, look out -- they're being recalled. The manufacturer just posted this product service bulletin, asking owners to return affected AAD units to the manufacturer. The problem, apparently, is this:
During operation of m2 Safety Devices to date, there have been seven (7) reported
cases of "Error No. 0" or "Error No. 1" being displayed on the units. Further, it was not
possible to eliminate the error indication by switching the unit off and on again.
Inspection by the manufacturer disclosed a device sensor error. The error is repairable
by the manufacturer in affected units.
Repair is mandatory. MarS will cover all costs related to the repair or replacement of the AAD (plus return shipping) -- so get a move on before the holiday boogie season hits.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Athlete Brett Kistler runs off an exit point in Moab's famed Mineral Bottom.
Image © Annette O'Neil
It's that time again -- time for dozens of American BASE jumpers and friends to wiggle out of traditional obligations and head for the cliffy mecca of Utah's beautiful Moab desert. For a BASE jumper, Moab means one thing: America's best legal cliffs. It is, therefore, a suitable venue for the country's biggest unofficial BASE get-together, which kicks off this week with the first arrivals, generally stretching into the first week or so of December (or until the area gets too cold for fun jumping).
I'm arriving in town next week. Will you be there?
Wednesday November 13, 2013
I was as surprised as anyone to see Birdman wingsuits burst back onto the scene after years of dormancy. Surprise! Another wingsuit manufacturer marches into the (already saturated, no?) market.
Apparently, the company is as much about sports watches as they are about wingsuit design. The best giggle I had today was in response to Birdman's description of their wingsuits' performance: "Enough." That may be true, as their marketing seems very sky-based, not BASE-based, where performance more often draws the fine line between life and death. The rock stars are flying bigger machines, for sure -- but not everybody is a rock star, and not everybody wants to be.
What do you think? Would you fly one?