This morning, I had the pleasure of tossing my hesitant bones out of a Cessna 182 with Red Bull Air Force pro athlete Miles Daisher. For lack of better words—because there are no better words—it was rad.
If I was going to jump out of a plane, I'm glad I was with Daisher. He's energetic, fearless and friendly and he projects a confidence in his craft that could only come from the very best. Daisher holds the unofficial record for most BASE jumps ever completed without splatter—roughly 2,900 and counting. In 2010, Boise Weekly spoke with Daisher as he stood on the 1,500-foot long Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, which spans 1,500 feet and rises nearly 500 feet above the Snake River. Daisher also holds the record for most jumps off the world-renowned Perrine in one day.
In fact, the bridge is so important to Daisher that he his hosting Perrine Bridge Festival on September 9-10, which is a fundraiser for special-needs children of the Magic Valley this year. Along with kayak and canoe races, an art exhibit, a kids' carnival and plenty of music and food, the festival will feature a BASE jumping exhibit with more than 50 jumpers from around the world.
I didn't jump off the Perrine this morning, but I did accept the invitation that Red Bull and Sky Down Sky Diving of Caldwell extended to BW to jump out of a plane in order to get familiar with the adrenaline-seekers' sport and its more dangerous cousin, BASE jumping. The exhilaration and anticipation are unparalleled and I walked away with a whole new appreciation for what is physically possible. I couldn't help but wonder what the first ever sky dive must have felt like—all I can conclude is whoever made the inaugural jump was completely batshit crazy.
Check out video from my jump below.