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BASE jumper / inventor / pilot Calvin19 Hannibal: A Family Affair

Bill Waterson Calvin and Hobbes comic strips was introduced to the public in 1985, a year before Matthew "Calvin" Hecker made his debut on this planet. Now, a strong argument can make Calvin19, as it is known in the forum, was left out by mistake here on the Mothership and return soon to claim it. Adding to this argument are BASE jumpers colleagues saying: "That guy has some crazy shit," a statement attracts you to think "This is someone I have to fulfill."

"Live your life for yourself and not based on popular opinion. Individuals can not be classified, are too diverse to the label. Be an adventurer, reckless, or athlete, be an explorer of all things in life. "Calvin is a browser of life, embracing every moment of every day with every fiber of your being. Go ten rounds with despair, pain, desire, and he is full of passion for the swallow whole life before the universe makes it to ashes.

When he is not doing, creating or directing an adventure, which is to capture on film. Thousands and thousands of photographs freeze their friends and family at the time a moment in time, preserved to rekindle the flames of imagination. Boulder, Colorado provided the setting for his life, this work of art that is alive and kicking. "I love this city, the open-minded young college women, glorious mountains in my backyard, huge towers 2000 feet high cliffs, rivers, my family and friends, "she exclaims.

This kind of life at the time reflected in his philosophy of go like that, "everything you do can only be new to you once. My life is a set of moments. soundtrack I have one. Every time I try to fly to height of that beautiful music in my head and make the picture worth the time it took my imagination to compose ideas. You could compare it to films, was never a good judge of movies because I could not see the whole thing in its final value. I kept getting lost in every moment, every feeling that could take the beauty of the visual and auditory sensations. Flying does this for me, I can write with the feelings before they feel, and I have to keep flying. Seeing the line in a plane or a suit of wings and then ride hard to the hole in the sky. "

"I live the way that I, with the flight, and risk, and dreams and reality, just so maybe I can keep up the score in the head. I can not write music, painting landscapes, but can fly. I can move my body with leaves like my tools to make the most incredible feelings and transfer of these visions of grandeur and epic adventure to who may be watching. "

These moments of time weigh heavily on the mind of Calvin. Waste of time steals opportunities to scratch met the objectives in its long list. Oh, yeah is a list entitled "Things to Do Before I Die" and reads as such:

  • 1-Break "registry." (Classified Information)
  • 2-To build a powered aircraft
  • 3-build a submarine.
  • sur 4-Vela, far away.

A rather ambitious list of objectives for anyone, then again, Calvin is not either, as evidenced by their list of activities: Wingsuit pilot, flying and jumping rope, sewing, BASE jumping, skiing and skiing flight equipment, sailing, rafting, climbing, flying speed, EU, Photography, Travel, Aviation, Surfing Granito, Acrobatics, paragliding, hang gliding, manning HAB / skip, comets, editing, photography, diving, racing Zagi, slack lining, and Red Shifting.

He is currently working on the title in "Flying Things" at Utah Valley University through online courses, allowing you to accelerate the process. Plane was flying at 13 candles, hang gliding to 16 years and obtained his pilot's license from the FAA at the age of 18. Only to end now grounded due to an accident and the subsequent denial of the FAA clean your doctor for another 3 years. Calvin summarizes the situation as an epic failure "by the FAA and does not prevent" bitch "about it in public.

That said, is reconciled to the most stupid thing you ever did was "paragliding in a rotor out of me in a coma with a ¾ of a million dollars in a hospital stay, a painful foot and 6 months of my life missing. "This allowed the FAA back to punish him for the moment due to the doctor. Although the 6 months can be counted as time spent in a coma, was lost time for a man who has places to visit, things do, people to meet. He has little patience for the "lost time."

Like Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes fame creating transmogrifier " This Calvin intends to be an innovator in everything he undertakes. With no plans to ever retire from doing things that feel more passion for life. Fly is part of my life, "he says," The most important thing you have to understand about me is that no account BASE jump from all my other activities. I fly with aerodynamic blades in so many ways that there is no way I BASE jump separately. I use the basic equipment for a multitude of things, as well as BASE jumping and a multitude of things that are not based equipment for BASE jumping. My goal is to innovate, my fear is that ever going to help none of what I do. "

Calvin lists Damian Doucette, Chris Pope, Jesse Hall, Shane McConkey, JT Holmes, Miles Daisho, Nicholas Kaminski, Max Kuszaj, Kenyon Salo, Mike Steen, Blake and Brendon as he bridges admires. He is mentally prepared for a leap to "think especially as I am about to do and I will do if something goes against what I have planned. Above all, this is only make a quick final check of gear, but the entire climb, hike or a ride in advance I can find all the information available to me. I am especially looking for wind and air characteristics. People need to understand that the beauty of BASE jumping and sport similar to it, there is no way to properly prepare for each hop. Every time you leave an object are different conditions. My final thoughts are of what I achieved in the jump. "As the biggest mistakes new bridges he believes that "increasingly confident and being ignorant, but this is one of the things no hope for BASE jumping."

I pushed him further more to explain why you think BASE jumping to "useless." "By saying hope I do not believe that I mean not paying attention. I mean, not There is no way to please everyone, no views so different that it is impossible for everybody happy. The important thing to remember is that there are always things to learn, no matter what. Even if what they are learning is how not to act or what not to do. Thinking about things is a very important part, but you need to prospects outside of bridges experience for couples with their own thinking. "

Calvin began to parachute into BASE jumping. He fell in love all kinds of fall free and fly, but hate the clique dropzone and paratrooper and clichés At age 19, was BASE jumping and earned his BASE jumping number 5. He was attracted BASE jumping at the age of 13 while watching television with his friend Alex Gilmer. He remembers the day when they discovered BASE, "was a regular jump Tombstone, "3 … 2 … 1 … out!" Only a 2 second delay, slider down. I remember seeing the replay over and over again. I looked at Alex and said, "I'm going to do that." The two no longer than 8 years later. "

Speaking to Adam Foster, a longtime friend and companion Bridge Calvin, who recounted this story as one of his most memorable "Heckerisms."

It was Christmas Eve ('04 I think). There was a bit of a tailwind and I told Matt it was his decision (as the conditions were not good, but not horrible either.) I went to him and after PCA freefall. We all ready and got to Matt for his PCA, he came out and opened it. Upon landing it went off, hit the ground, and made a wonderful PLF followed by its canopy that covers it (which were landing downwind). At this point all I could think was, "I believe it might be a bit too windy for a downwind landing." morally could not send out Matt on his way to the construction and follow not after seeing his first landing less optimal, so I jumped and crashed anyway. Ultimately it was an amazing night and a hectic one for Matt, who won the base number. Oh, did I mention that it was his fifth BASE jump? Matt is probably one of the most wonderful people I have met. With all that has been through he has yet to be one of the most talented BASE jumpers (among other things) I friend. It could also prepare in the time he made his first winner of a cliff outline of the cliff I jumped.

Calvin enjoys the "therapy" of a jump solo, sometimes giving hour preparation time lets think about what they are doing without interruption. However, he is "satisfied" and in a state of mind "better" when participating in a hunt group to share the experience with others. The jump that stands out in your mind, "my illegal jump Great Wall with my best friend Jesse Hall, the magic of movement and sound epic on great. Jesse is pretty much the coolest dude out there, Pro skier, BASE jumper of course I've ever trained. He brought me a large illegal wall when I had just turned 20. "

His next described his favorite subject is way: "She is sexy, tall, dark complexion perfect, very wet on the bottom and perfect in size." Before you go accusing him of engaging in erotic writing, take note of what is a romantic who is about to fly, "the feeling desperate to get out of a starting point, followed by hope full sense of aerodynamics speed control in free fall is reached, the fear is replaced by the feeling of control. BASE is a challenge for me, a therapy in an exercise of the emotions, reactions and the achievement of "wonder." How many people get the "respect" more than twice a year on vacation? Not many. I understand almost every day. "This sexy, tall, perfect size object is" the great wall illegal in Colorado "we talked about earlier.

What makes a man he loves flying, adventure and explore the possibilities of taking time to stop and look outside its scope of activities? "I enjoy watching the races for Red Bull air a lot. I have no money or ability to participate. These pilots are the best of the best best of the best flying. There is no argument. "As for the Red Bull Air Force that some consider an injury to the base, which bravely made it clear in his opinion, "there is nothing wrong with the actions of the Red Bull Air Force. All of them are my heroes. They do wonderful things and I like to be a part of your team. They are athletes who have promoted their skills and be able to have someone else to pay the bill for things they love to do. I consider innovators and explorers. "

"Shane, Red Bull and other incredible athletes out there are pushing the envelope, which are doubling every time they fly. After reading posts by Shane and JT, (their blogs) I think I enjoy life, jumping and being in amazing places as the bridges of the old school that bridges bandit was back in the day. Shane Miles and explore places that have never been jumped and opened for us all to see and follow. Enjoy and enjoy everything about the place and people when they jump. "

"The (Anti-Red Bull oldies) always say 'we're jumping on the shoulders of giants, "referring to the people who started this sport. These days, when I jump with Jesse Hall, where ski-BASE jumping'm next to these giants of the modern era. These guys are the giants of today, pushing the envelope farther and faster. "

"Shane is a hero of mine. Shane is a Giant. Period. "

For Calvin "Skip" is how he grew up. Do not teach you about death, but made him think of a lot. "It made my mind wander to the things that scares me, but not ignored. Base Jumping" indebted "every emotion a human can have for me." Leap Grow has added an interesting dynamic of their responsibilities and relationships with his family. In particular, his sisters, who constantly blows feather in their Facebook page with comments, and much as in childhood, often chasing Ana with his mouth full of saliva that threaten to throw in his direction.

"I want to go because too. All my family may think or say to me is not important. This is not exclusive to BASE jump. I think if a loved one is slowing down or stopping someone from doing something they like, then they are their loved ones and to be selfish. BASE say is a selfish sport and it is. I have no illusions that I do not know anyone that does. The only most selfish thing is not telling anyone to do so. It is an addiction to drugs or alcohol. I love BASE jumping. Drug addicts or alcoholics do not like be addicted, but who need and are delusional. BASE and I love flying and flying and jumping. Any person standing in my way of that is selfish. Anyone with my best interests in mind 'that the ground crew for me and take pictures. I said that I can be reckless. "

Log Anibal … a student University of Colorado at BFA film production. Ana enjoys all the many hobbies in the middle of art and media, drawing, writing, photography, film, television and reading. "In the past, has designed artwork for Bridge Day and says this as his final thoughts before a jump, "Camera on? Check. Lens cap out? Check. Framed? Check. Approach? Check. Oh, shit, is in video mode. Well, now … f * @ #! Back van. Oops. "She is optimistic about life, the list of Academy Award-winning, traveling the world and be the first man on Pluto and its future goals. If Calvin the "romantic" of the family, then Anna is the jester, "the pepper to salt. Today, Anna is her brother, Calvin's" best interests " heart despite the indifference that could have shared in its infancy.

"I ran into a tree," says Anne when transmitting their most bonehead move to date. "Matt will love me for saying this. I was out of our house in Evergreen, wasting time as 11 years ago. Then came Matt of the house. This was during those years where Matt was more likely to spit on me or hit me above all else, so at the first sign of him the construction of the phlegm that took off in a dead sprint. Which, looking back it was quite late, especially since I was looking back in time to Teo, instead of forward, and so the trees are not as spongy as one would expect. I ended up lying on the ground, dazed and in pain, with Matt standing over me laughing his ass. He re-entered, he left me there. This big brother, I think I just lay there for at least ten minutes before he could move. The whole side of my face was bleeding and was in front of this great big crust week. "

She brings her "being a shit little tyrant and abusive" to her in her youth to make it stronger ", which can take a lot of pain without complaint." What reminded of their "weaker, because you never ask for help nothing that matters. "

During this interview Calvin / Matt made no comment so badly that he now felt in the way he treated his younger sister in her days. Furthermore it should be, Anne, being the President of the Matthew "Calvin" fan club Hecker, Emily's younger sister served as Vice-President. In reviewing the issue in relation to "family responsibilities", Anne spoke candidly about his brother's BASE jump.

"When I think of how dangerous is, or how I could get that call. You know the call that I received in the past. "Your brother has been in an accident." The other day I went to Matt skip a 'A' few hours away. It's kind of reached the point where I worry all the time. Every time the phone rings I have an instinctive reaction to think the worst is over. "

I love Matt bridge. He is very handsome as a wool sweater. No, seriously, I love it. He was always so happy when to jump, jumping, has just jumped. After flying an airplane that is where I see the happiest. So, did you ever try to make him stop or would like left solely to complete my personal concern, giving up a vital part of yourself? Of course not. I always wonder about the bridges that are considered selfish by others. But what is less selfish to try to get the bridge to fit what you want? If I told Matt to stop jumping because he could die, I'll be really worried that he would die or I'm worried that I would have to cope with his death? Moreover, one of the reasons why mess with jumps, bridges and community is to avoid the call. I do not want to die jumping Matt and I Matt I do not want to die, period. But if you do jump die, I want to be there with him if possible. Do not want to get the phone call. I do not want the unanswered questions and second-hand stories. That's my point of view on the matter. All this is secondary to how cool it looks and how fun that is to be there, but that is an argument for me. "

Anne has never BASE jumped but it has a tandem jump and in 2007 completed a FRASCA jump rope. She does credit to be near his brother and his companion bridges contribute to personal growth. "Well, I had a direct hand in my decision to transfer a life of lameness as English major in the state of Colorado to a life of a movie maker, which is exactly where I want to be. He brought a lifetime of dissatisfaction and boredom at 19 to the excitement and happiness, at 21. I actually thought while watching Continuum, these individuals, at least in theory, live as if he could see tomorrow. They do what they like, understand mortality. I will not live life thinking, "What shall I do tomorrow?" When I am postponing my happiness my dreams, my life? So I switched. Now I'm doing what I love. My personal growth comes in the form of reduced personal lameness. "

As to whether BASE jumping is a sport and the trick in his unique point of view, "based, which just had its own weakness or fear of conquest. You have an apathetic environment to compete with, but not to compete again. Now, you, your instinct, your mind, your logic, your heart and all, they're fighting all the time. To carry all the body of a logical, physical body, and place of their fear under control to jump from a great height in the open atmosphere? That's not a trick or sport, that's art. "

Anne based contribution comes in the way she defends those who do not jump on the issues of illegal entry or bit of a jumper would impact on national parks compared with climbers and hikers. "No rescue workers get paid? Don'tf *% king hikers lost all the time? I do not get the logic in banning the bridges, "he laments. Another contribution is the documentation that makes his brother and bridge partners in the film, photos and artwork. She considers her involvement with the community in an egoist. "I want to know these people, I to be part of it. If you ever give back to the community of BASE, is because I can and it does not because the seek or have any appreciation. I am beneficiary. Any giving is purely coincidental. "

Not to be outdone by her brother that she can be so romantic that describes what she likes best about BASE jumping. "I like the camaraderie. I also like psychology, aesthetics, fashion, fighting, and human flight. The vitality of everything. The way I feel about the that really is a reason to be alive and we are more than random firing synapses and cells together to form a beat fleshy pod bit of goo. "

When it comes to posting in the forum does not let Anne touch of "what-are-the #@!%– to-do-here? Stop it." I like to think I can contribute something maybe just a new opinion here and there maybe an outsider perspective to things. "In terms of changes in BASE:" I could that would make people nicer, but I do not believe in censorship and I think even though no one has to set there, which greatly limits what any people publish is just that. There are members who are annoyingly abrasive, but at the same time, as a non-bridge, I feel I'm pushing the envelope by publishing a commentary on them. So much of the time, I keep my thoughts to myself. "

He adds: "Thank you, BASE jumping community, for allowing a band-aid, as I sit still and hope to belong. And let me take pictures and it is rare and difficult. "

"Oh, the" clumsy, teases. What can be uncomfortable, his brother does not. "Ana is bright and always creating. I love both my sisters to death."


If Anne is the salt pepper to Calvin, the "4 10" ball of energy from their parents called Emily is the spice in their lives. Emily, a young man of 19 years, attending University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, specializing in psychology is "retarded happy," as Calvin describes. He is quick to point out that "Emily is impressive and can fly without wings, "referring to their gymnastic skills.

Emily explains to reach an agreement with sports activities of his brother. "I do not think about him dying or getting injured while both before the accident. I think I always saw it as indestructible. I always trusted his opinion and its systems. But after his accident became more clear to me that no one can be sure to do things that just being smart about it. Scares me knowing that I could arrive any time, the call of the family saying that he died paragliding, or jumping, or one of the many things that makes her. But guess what scares me most is the thought it does not do those things. He is the steering wheel, the bridge, the adventurer, the pilot. I know do not do these things make him unhappy. What it does is beautiful, incredible, and I love the fact that makes them. I will not lie to say that feels cool and I like people saying how great my brother. "Yes, yes, he is a pilot, a diver BASE, a glider pilot, a skier, Matt Hecker, he is my brother. "I like that fact. Enough."

As a little boy who idolized his brother. She relates that play on your system first jump in the house of his father. "It was fun. There was an incident that occurred while they were letting me something crazy I play on it and bounced all the way around the rope. My brother and his friends thought he was impressive, but apparently it was dangerous, so I did not play on it never again. "Like Anna, who has gone from Calvin rope FRASCA go along with her mother. She hopes to paraglide one day and the figures that the brother might think it is "cool" to his little sister. He has never encouraged to participate in any sports, but his friends have suggested she needs a day at least parachute.

Although not frequent the forum BASE jumper and because his life away from his brother while attending school, she still feels he and his friends have contributed BASE jumping to their own personal growth through the years.

"I have an absolute love of flying, adventure and beauty of this world. I would say that being with my brother and his friends, the bridge is visible or not, definitely shaped my view of life. I've become very adventurous and my brother is the cause it. I would like to see him leave the front door on countless occasions and his return with amazing stories and photos that made me want to do something more in life. Mostly BASE jumpers he and others did for what they really want to live life better and fully as possible, no matter how. The only thing I admire most about my brother is that he does so he wants in life or in one day, he does not hesitate, just do it. What he puts his heart to do, it always has. "

Whereas many bridges have trouble reconciling their love of free fall with the maintenance of peace in the family, Calvin has succeeded in doing. Calvin on the strip comic Hobbes has his faithful companion, which Calvin has the love and support of its two "ginger" sisters. "I think it helped my parents come to meet with my life too. Anne, in particular, loves to BASE jump events and the like. The "support crew" is impressive and the memories are always better. I had a childhood much compared to a lot of people, but I was jumping and doing the things I love to make me realize the importance of calling my mother, or hugging, etc "


I asked Adam if he felt that Calvin achieve all the goals in his "Things to Do Before I Die" list. "Unless you die first, not much can stop it. It is damn tough and highly motivated. I just hope I can be there for some of the brilliance that he invented. "As mentioned above," no doubt some shit crazy "and is someone we all would be lucky to meet and share their brilliance.

Calvin19. Win. Period.

5 Random facts, habits or strange about Anne

  • Hannibal, his online persona comes from the combination Anne Hannibal.
  • I have great apprehension towards a full scale zombie or alien attack.
  • You can not filter out noise like a normal person, so I listen to everything nearby.
  • I am a pessimist and be enjoy and as a cynic.
  • I have a fear of heights and draws me to jump off.

Tattoo Calvin19

Quick questions with Calvin

Q: Your greatest achievement in life so far?

A: Ménage à trios

Q: What kind of vehicle do you drive?

A: Subaru Outback

Q: What will your epitaph read?

A: "Audacity"

Q: Favorite Book?

A: Contact by Carl Sagan

Q: What makes you unique jump?

A: Nothing that things like jumping from around the world.

Q: Are the changes that would to

A: "Get rid of all the ginger is"

Q: What is your greatest weakness in the jump?

R: I have only half the air consciousness.

Q: What do you think is your contribution to the BASE?

R: help the participant willing and able.

Q: Who is chosen as the interviewee who comes?

R: JT Holmes

Calvin Stats:

  • Age: 24
  • Marital status: Single
  • Children: 0
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado
  • Number of jumps: 1000 total canopy openings and landings
  • Year of first jump: 2002
  • Container: Warlock
  • Canopy: 260 Blackjack

Thanks to Adam Hecker and Emily Foster for their contribution to the article.

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