My monthly column in the Denver Post Travel Section is out this weekend. It is a 500-word version of the TEDxBoulder talk I gave last Saturday entitled, “Be afraid! Be very afraid. Keeping fear in your travels, where it belongs!“
There I was, ascending a one-thousand-foot-high radio antenna somewhere east of Boulder, standing on top of the service elevator, and interviewing a BASE jumper named Billy Ricard. I was writing an article on the quasi-legality of BASE-jumping for a magazine called Gravity. He had a parachute and I had a tape recorder.
At the top, it was windy, I could feel the tower moving, and I felt sick to my stomach as Billy climbed a little higher, then bent his knees forward toward the earth.
Then Billy said, â€œFace your fears, bro,â€
and he jumped. The blue strobe from the tower flashed and caught Billyâ€™s body as he dropped, then it went out, and it was just black. Â READ THE REST->