BASE jumpers looking for the next adrenaline-pumped thrill should follow Alaska’s motto - North to the Future! Pryce Brown is finally launching the Alaska Wingsuit Project (AWP), a longtime dream that opens a brand new frontier to wingsuit enthusiasts - the Last Frontier.
Everyone knows that Alaska is chock full of rugged beauty, but nobody understands that better than a person born among the vast mountains and glaciers. Brown is an avid outdoorsman raised on gnarly terrain. Originally from Cordova, AK, the 26-year-old has traveled the world. In fact, EraThr3 caught up to our favorite wingman as he returned from a recent trip to Honduras doing whatever the hell he does. But no matter how far he travels, the guy always finds his way back home, like a damn salmon or something.
Now he resides in Fairbanks where he hikes, bikes, kayaks, skis, snowmobiles and hucks himself off really tall shit. His penchant for the insane is something he is now sharing with others, enter the Alaska Wingsuit Project.
“The official goal of the Alaska Wingsuit Project is to open wingsuit BASE jumps in every major mountain range of Alaska,” explains Pryce. “Overall we're just a group of good friends looking to practice our sport as safely and sustainably as possible while exploring new playgrounds.”
That exploration is a huge factor in the entire thing. Rather than being focused exclusively on finding the most extreme jump locations, this nature-lovin’ bastard takes more of a hippie approach - it’s about the journey rather than the destination-type thing. Except he’s not a complete granola muncher. The goal is definitely to find amazing BASE jump opportunities, but when navigating through Alaska’s grandeur “via supercub, packrafts, speedwings and good old footwork,” there’s no doubt he’s sharing a full experience unlike any other.
“This is nothing like hopping on a tram in Europe to get to an exit,” he assures. “The remote and unpredictable nature of Alaska demands conservative decision making and solid currency. I'm certainly hoping to share new exits with pilots who have the background necessary to operate in these environments. My goal is not to be elitist or make Alaska an exclusive place, but I do encourage jumpers to accurately assess their abilities and train heavily before coming North.”
With goals as lofty as the peaks he aspires to conquer, Pryce has made use of his most trusted AK insiders to explore and target perfect BASE locations. Despite being a lifelong Alaskan, his knowledge and feet can only carry him so far. Partnering with experienced and capable bush pilots has allowed him to expand his reach for the AWP.
“I'd certainly like to be a liaison for people looking to explore Alaska via canopy sports,” says the E3 lifestyle ambassador. “Operating up here frequently requires bush plane access and extensive backcountry travel. I can help those coming to explore to connect with the right resources and make things come together as efficiently and safely as possible.
“Ultimately I'd like to see BASE jumping accepted by the Alaskan community as a regular sport just like paragliding or backcountry skiing. The Last Frontier has long been the place for mountain athletes to cut their teeth, and now it is time for BASE jumping to join the ranks.”
Sounds like our boy Pbrownie has it figured out all fine and dandy, eh? Here’s the deal, boil down all of your daily crap - the mundane and the genuinely okay - but ultimately if getting your jollies has something to do with seeing North America’s most ridiculous and spectacular shit and leaping into the glorious abyss with nothing but gravity giving two squirts of piss?
Find more information about how to be part of the Alaskan Wingsuit Project. Contact Pryce directly via his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prbrownie. You can thank us later, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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