Planning, packing, traveling. These are all key parts to an amazing BASE trip but the one thing that is the ultimate decider is… The Weather. It is the sole force that makes or breaks a jump and possibly bones. Wind, lightning, rain. They are all factors base jumpers have to deal with on a daily basis with many jumps! Mother Nature is truly all powerful and it has brought me to the point of having massive respect! Being at Awe constantly with the power! But one thing that is a bit over looked is the temperature . Sure we like to check the temp before we go somewhere but it is the only uncomfortable force that doesn’t dictate a jump. Unless the jumper is like a cold whimp like I am! Don’t get me wrong I love the snow and I grew up participating in snow sports and snow camping but jumping in the cold is a miserable experience.
in 2011 I decided to put my dislike for the low temps aside and “man up” and go for it! I did a BASE jump off a low antenna in -14F weather. Ouch… I swore I would never do that again. Now sitting in the house during a week of incredibly low temps I am starting to have the desire to back out of my previous agreement with myself and brave the cold! that is until I step outside.
That is what vacations to tropical locations during the winter season is for! Can’t wait for thailand!