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Leap from golf course tower is 1st Fairbanks BASE jump

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Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:03 am | Updated: 2:41 pm, Mon Jul 29, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — While golfers enjoyed an early morning round at the Fairbanks Golf Course, Jimmy Scott scaled the rungs of the red-and-white radio tower that looms 303 feet above the green.

His BASE (Building, Antennae, Span, Earth) jumping parachute on his back, the North Pole native swapped out light bulbs, a favor he needed to do to get permission to climb the tower. Scott, who now resides in Oregon, ski races, paddle boards, competes in Arctic Man and looks for tall things to jump off. He had eyed the antenna for years — Fairbanks’ flat terrain has never been a host to a BASE jump, and Scott hoped to be the first.

By the time he reached the top, a small crowd of friends and bewildered golfers watched as he stood atop the antenna, prepping his chute one last time before leaping into the air. Within seconds, his pilot chute pulled taut and the full chute deployed, giving Scott time to make a graceful turn and land safely to cheers of the crowd.

Breathing heavy with sweat running down his brow, Scott smiled, packed up his chute and sat down with friends for iced tea and scrambled eggs.

“It’s the best way to start your day,” he said.

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544.

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