My name is Espen Fadness

My name is Espen Fadness and I am a base jumper.

Or at least I would be if I could be.

Just one time (I think).

Although maybe it really would end up being just one time. I am very accident prone, especially with physical activities.

So maybe not.

The Discussion

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  • Rolla January 15th, 2012 at 11:54 pm #1

    my name is Rolla and there is no way I could be a base jumper – im not that crazy. I think its great the feeling it would give you, the freedom, the self confidence, the king of the world attitude, but still no way I could take the plunge, just standing on top of the mountain would make my knees turn to jelly. Not adding that one to my bucketlist.

  • BOP January 16th, 2012 at 11:38 am #2

    It is pretty full on isn’t it. I couldn’t do it in real life. I couldn’t do bungy jumping either.

  • David January 4th, 2013 at 10:37 pm #3

    Hi there,
    I have bipolar with a ratio of add and ocd, I am a paraglider pilot at this time and dream to BASE proximity wingsuit. I have four children and a very caring partner that supports my choice.
    The reason I choose this direction is that for many years I have tried to fit into the mortgage and 9 to 5 lifestyle, and have beaten myself up everytime I can not sustain this life. I have had much tragedy in my life over the years and have pursued my craving for adrenalin and endorphins in my younger years through drugs.
    I got away from that lifestyle and now chase my positivity through physical challenge and extreme sports, my partner supports my choice wholeheartedly as the risk of a fatal injury is still lower than the risk of suicide or self harm when I sink low and can’t climb out. I have shot myself in the past so am a genuine suicide risk, though have no interest in dying when I am feeling good. I want to bring to others hope and knowledge that you may not be able to change who you are but most certainly can change your outlook for the future, although it may always feel like you are trying to outrun the devil the richness that is added to your life through physical challenge is worth all the risks that you take to acheive it.

  • BOP January 4th, 2013 at 10:59 pm #4

    Hi David,

    Wow! I am so in awe of you for embracing life in such a positive way and for refusing to settle for one that is soul destroying. I really, really love your comment about always feeling like you are trying to outrun the devil when you have bipolar. That is so true.

    I think I might love skydiving. Can you learn through tandem skydives?

    Thanks so much for your comment. I am sure a lot of people will get a lot from what you have written. I have.


  • David January 4th, 2013 at 11:19 pm #5

    There are only 3 mistakes; Not living life for fear of things, Having no fear and not knowing what to fear.

  • BOP January 5th, 2013 at 8:47 am #6

    Very profound. I like this quote about fear from Louis E Boone – ‘Don’t fear failure so much you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have.’ I am never going to look back on my life and say any of these things.

  • David January 6th, 2013 at 12:54 pm #7

    You could definately start through tandem, How do you ride over people’s discouraging comments?, my dream is to do exactly what Espen Fadnes does. I know deep in my heart that somehow I will although have no idea how I will acheive this financially, and have received much encouragement though yesterday I received a blunt insight into how expensive skydiving can be. This has left me feeling deflated and low and goes to show how fragile the ladder a bipolar climbs can be, I have no fulltime job at present as like most would probably understand it is very difficult to fit with someones timetable when your feelings follow no set pattern. I am a fulltime student at present, though have not sufficient faith alot of the time to be able to push through with my many and varied talents. I would love to find a way to make a good income that allows me to find how far my talents stretch, I am no where near finding where they finish. I am so good at helping and encouraging others, and this indirectly leaves me feeling strong and able to do anything. All we truly have is our dreams and when I feel good I am a force in itself though when I am low I can’t even find a way back to that magical land. Is Espen Fadnes bipolar?, I find alot of people have approached me since I declared nationally through our sporting forum that I have bipolar, stating that they themselves feel huge ups and downs. It seems very common amongst extreme sports especially if the ratio of add is present, It makes me feel very proud as alot of us are setting the pace for non-bipolar people to follow. Stand tall and feel good about the influence that your personality makes upon others, when you can stand tall no one comes close.


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