Tom Aiello is the founder, owner, and lead instructor of the Snake River BASE Academy, based in Twin Falls, Idaho. Twin Falls is nestled up against the Snake River Canyon, and spanning the canyon is the Perrine Bridge. Due to lack of legal restrictions and its location, the Perrine Bridge is an optimal fixed structure for BASE jumping, attracting countless people from all over the world to this small city in Southern Idaho. "BASE" is an acronym that stands for four categories of fixed objects from which one can jump: building, antenna, span, and Earth (cliff). Tom is the first in the world to provide a detailed and rigorous multi-level educational course for those that wish to get into BASE jumping and learn more than just the basics.
In this episode, we discuss BASE jumping culture, the history of BASE jumping, as well as Tom's motivations for starting this constantly evolving course, and what this means for BASE jumping as a whole. While the conversation is focused on these topics, the discussion is filled with deep insight from an individual that has spent decades accumulating knowledge and rich experiences that contribute to the success of his academy, as well as to BASE jumping culture as a whole.
- Learn all you need to know about Tom's academy at http://snakeriverbase.com
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- The song featured in this episode: "Hare Krisha / Willie The Pimp" by Alex Harvey from the album The Joker Is Wild