I made my first trip to Norway this spring to document the quieter side of BASE jumping. So much of the imagery I had seen was this wide angle, GoPro-style photography, usually accompanied by a Red Bull logo and a speed-metal soundtrack. I wanted to capture the intimate side of the sport, following the athletes as they packed their chutes and embarked on hours-long hikes to exit points. I set out to find not only BASE jumpers, but outdoorsmen. The search led me to Tom Erik Heimen, a 41-year-old BASE jumper and skier who has become an unofficial guide to his local peaks on the coast of Norway.
Heimen invited me to join him on a trip to Isfjorden, a small town on the central west coast of Norway in the Romsdal Valley. Isfjorden, home to the Troll Wall—the tallest vertical rock face in Europe—is an under-the-radar adventure mecca. While local officials banned jumps from the Troll Wall after a spate of fatalities there in the ‘80s, there are many other legal jumping sites in the area and Heimen has spent years developing new ones. This is a look at what goes into one of Heimen’s jumps and at those who join him.
Photos by Patrick Dougherty