Coping with Competition
Using competition butterflies to make your performance better, not worse...
In this day and age, truly well-rounded BASE jumpers are rare. Scotty-Bob travels the globe jumping full time, and not only in a wingsuit. We can't think of anyone else who is so experienced and so current in every aspect of jumping, from dirty-low slider down aerials to big mountain wingsuit flights, and everything in between!
1,250 BASE Jumps
5 and a half years
Old Vector Skydive rig with a Squirrel Epicene 150 main
Squirrel Stronglight with Ibex 230
Squirrel Aura wingsuit
Skydive Hollister, the place is rad and I like party buses
Le Brevent, Chamonix France,
Opening wingsuit BASE jumps in the United States
Being part of a new style of low wing suit BASE jumps in Moab and Arizona
Bringing european style terrain flying to the U.S.
I definitely still get scared… if I didn’t, I wouldn’t still be doing this stuff
Anytime I get to spend with my friends
A few :)
A wingsuit jump in northern Arizona we call ‘the Spine’. An awesome experience with some homies from all around the country, including my friend Sean Leary (RIP).
We spend lots of time pouring over topography maps, not just looking at exits, but access routes and exits as well. Quite often you spend more time researching a new jump than actually jumping it. Once you get to the prospective wall, we use laser range finders to tell us the initial rock drop and slop of the talus. If it looks good, we send it… if it doesn’t, we look somewhere else.
There’s a few jumps here and there that require some pretty serious effort to get out of… I might get in trouble if I say where specifically though! ;-)
I try not to get too caught up in the moment over that kind of stuff. One step at a time and enjoy the whole thing when it’s all over.
Sometimes access can be pretty hairy, and definitely scarier than the jump itself. I definitely still get scared… if I didn’t, I wouldn’t still be doing this stuff :)
Squirrels in the American South West - 7-way wingsuit BASE off the cliffs in the Arizona. This group of friends and experienced wingsuit pilots explore the beautiful landscape of cactus, sand, canyons, red rock towers and deep blue sky. PILOTS: Scotty Bob, Sean Leary, Jasmes Yaru, Jeff Shapiro, Pat Walker, Jordan Kilgore, Rob Pelon, Nick Sacco
Every single pilot in that video is a very close friend. We tend to build some pretty serious bonds flying wingsuits in the mountains. It’s a little different than skydiving, we all share a pretty unique experience and know how truly special it is.
Pretty much dedicated my life to figuring it out 3 years ago. Ate, slept, and breathed wingsuit flying. I did a lot of high speed canopy flybys on friends to learn speed and angle control. Took those lessons to Europe and did an entire season of horizontal proximity flying (flying next to the wall). Came back the next year and started learning vertical terrain flying. Got hooked on that and kept going… still haven’t stopped.
The Avalanche Line - Wingsuit flight in the Alps
New lines are a lot like new exits, takes a lot of research to figure out if something is possible. Usually if I can maintain a positive energy flight (ie, I’m always diving harder each checkpoint I reach), I’ll keep exploring. If I’m using a lot of energy to get somewhere, I usually won’t even try to fly the line. If you’re struggling to get somewhere on the mountain, it’s usually a good idea to stay away from stuff and not get too close.
As my friend Alex said, “it's hard not to love this shit, we’re accomplishing things that humans have only dreamed about in the past”. Being a part of this sport right now is gonna make me smile till I’m 80 years old and decrepit. The people I meet are some of the most interesting people in the world, and we get to fly off mountains together…it's a good life :)
I had a pretty bad injury early, broke my back and my leg. Learned to never take any jump lightly and realize that even the easiest jumps can kill me.
Arizona BASE boogie 2012…the party was unreal, if you weren’t there, you wouldn’t understand
Bowling, long walks on the beach, sunsets… the usual
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Mario Richard, Sean Leary, Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall, and Justin Miller
Have fun every jump. Fun is the biggest motivator for progression.
November Skies: American BASE Jumping
Be honest with ourselves and our friends with our abilities and experience
Keep having fun, more Europe time… the Alps still haven’t gotten boring yet :)
We’re literally turning into birds. We’re able to jump 100 meter drops and flying 2.5:1 terrain safely. There is so much cool stuff that hasn’t been done yet, I’m pumped to see what the next 5 years will bring.
The Leftovers by Scotty-Bob Morgan
Scotty-Bob opens a new exit point