BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"BASE jumping is a sport I won’t actually do myself, just because it’s a very fine line between going for that photo and having to put yourself in there. Two years prior to our trip, there was a death as the jumper was more focused on setting his cameras up and worrying about the angle rather than paying more attention to the difficulty of the jump. He had a bad take off and unfortunately he went in, or, he died. It makes you realize that when it comes to certain sports, if you are not in it 110 percent, then you may as well not start."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"We went from mid-April to mid-May, because in Baffin the window for adventure guides to access Sam Ford Fjord is getting shorter. Two weeks after we left, the entire fjord broke up. We spent a whole month camping on the ice. To get there, we flew into a small town called Clyde River, rode snowmobiles for about 80 miles with Inuits, and then set up camp."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"The first two weeks was awesome weather. We were just spoiled stupid, and the next thing we knew, for the last two weeks, the opportunities to jump got pretty slim."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"I hate it when people look at a photo and dissect it, trying to force a meaning out of it. I kind of like when people look at a photo and can just go, 'Holy shit, that’s awesome.' Or get some sort of an instant reaction. If I can just inspire people to just get out there and do whatever it is that they love, that’s a pretty good feeling."
BASE -Jumping Baffin Island"There were times I was waiting for an hour for the others to get ready to jump and I was just frozen solid. It’s actually in that shot with the guy jumping off and the clouds rolling in. My hands are frozen solid. Just figuring out how to deal with the cold, and get the shot, and get back down to base camp was difficult. [Because everyone else jumped] I had to get back down solo."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"But also there is that other action shot where you see the guy in the wingsuit jumping off. And that’s one of my favorites because the shot is of my friend Jim Mitchell, the one that invited me on the trip, and sadly he had a fatal accident 6 days before the trip ended. He died doing what he loved to do."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"The first two weeks were no worries, but then the mentality sinks in. Me being from Australia, I love the hot climate. You get off a hike, you get back, and you think, 'Wouldn’t it be great to have a hot shower?' And then, 'Oh, that’s right, you just got your little travel wash.' And of course it would be frozen if you hadn’t slept with it, and you have to change into your other dirty clothes that were supposed to be cleaner than your hiking clothes, and then jump into your sleeping bag. So, it was certainly one hell of an adventure."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"Some days it was warmish, -2. And that wasn’t a good thing, because the frost on top of your tent would melt and your sleeping bag would get soaked. But there’d be days when the wind chill made it to -20, if not lower. My cameras were so cold I couldn’t actually hold on to them sometimes."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"Typical BASE jumpers—they get pretty bored when they can’t jump. So one of the exercises included an ice bath. Not everyone got in there, but that guy Ted in the photo got in a couple of times. I’m not really sure what the purpose was, other than to pass time."
BASE-Jumping Baffin Island"I like that shot because it was just by chance that I saw that happen. It’s quite cool when you don’t plan something. That shot kind of sums up everything. You can see the base camp, the fjord, and, of course, guys jumping."
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