Your First Euro B.A.S.E Trip – Where to Start?

Lauterbrunnen Switzerland
So… I will be making my first trip to Europe this year! I’ve done a lot of research up to this point, and got a lot of great information from various base related groups on Facebook, as well as friends that have been out there previous years. I think a lot of first-timers aren’t sure where to start, (like myself) so I would like to share this info with other first-timers.

Who is this information for?

The information I am providing is for base jumpers with (preferably) at least 50 base jumps under their belt, and looking to make their first trip to Europe. It would be wise to be accompanied by other more experienced base jumpers if you are unexperienced. If you don’t base jump yet, but have at least 200 skydives, there are lots of great first jump courses in Europe. Check out 321base.eu , basekjerag.com , or apexbase.com for information on getting started in B.A.S.E. Remember that even with a lot of practice/preparation, base jumping is very dangerous, and  isn’t for everybody…

The purpose

To give first-timers a place to start when preparing for their first base trip to Europe. Most of everything below was recommended by experienced base jumpers in the BASE community.

Personal Items:

  • Passport
  • down time entertainment (books etc.)
  • Computer
  • Music headphones
  • Toiletries
  • Power converter/adapter
  • Eye covers/ sleep mask (its dark for only a few hours per night)
  • Ear plugs
  • Sunglasses

Climbing

  • Belaying Equipment – The attached source link is just an example. This gear is recommended for belaying to some exit points

BASE Equipment:

  • BASE Container
  • BASE canopy
  • Tracking suit
  • Slider
  • WLO toggles
  • 2-line Multi
  • Bridle
  • 42” ZPV PC / 36” ZPV PC
  • Stash Bag (preferably with chest Strap)
  • Knee Shin Pads
  • boots (HanWags are great boots, but a little pricey. The goal is…lite hiking boots with no hooks! <–Important)
  • Helmet
  • goggles
  • a pair GoPros maybe
  • packing tools (you’ll most likely pack outdoors, so bring a stake to keep your rig from moving during packing)
  • 2-way radios
  • Emergency bivvy
  • First Aid Kit
  • Rigger Kit

Clothing:

  • Synthetic Underwear
  • Synthetic socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Long Underwear
  • Convertible Pants
  • Beanie
  • short sleeve and long sleeve t-shirts
  • Hoody
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Comfortable shorts and t-shirt x2
  • Flip Flops
  • One nice outfit

Other Resources

  • Required: The Swiss BASE Association landing card entitles you to use the designated landing areas in the valley, these will be marked with a wind sock. The landing card costs Chf 25.- (Swiss francs), is valid for one year and covers the main landing areas for Yellow Ocean, La Mousse, The Nose and Stechelberg. It can be purchased in the Horner Pub, Tourist Information or Valley BASE Gear at Air Time Cafe.
  • Lauterbrunnen Valley Jumps Overview
  • Gästehaus im Rohr – Lauterbrunnen
  • BASE Bus Monte Brento – Shuttle Service
  • Chiclamino – Monte Brento: No source link for this one as I haven’t been able to track one down yet, but it sounds promising. “there’s also this really nice hotel kinda near the landing area, average 28 euros stays… name is Chiclamino but cannot find the website. They have pool, sauna a GREAT breakfast, very nice – by  a Facebook user”
  • Arco Hotels: 37 Cheap Arco Hotel Deals, Italy
  • ArcoBedand Camping – Monte Brento: Camping available as well
  • Source link included, but I believe the user was referring to the campground behind the hotel “Hotel Daino. Has ‘campground’ behind it with really sweet bungalows. Super cheap. About 4 miles from the LZ”
  • Facebook user recommendation: “Check out Schutzenbach Camp for cheap accom man, that’s where I found cheapest”
  • Agricamping Paolino – Pietramurata, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy – Monte Brento: Not sure how far this is from the landing area, but the prices are great.
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