Vincent "Le Blond" Descols
Le Blond is half viking, half animal, and half Frenchman. He is a pilot, an air traffic controller, and one of the sickest wingsuit flyers on earth. We're excited to be working with him on the development of our suits, and his feedback was instrumental for the success of the Aura.
The youngest member of the RedBull Air Force in North America, Andy has racked up more skydives, BASE jumps, and hours flying planes than any of us can count. Mellow, humble, and as relaxed in the air as he is on the ground, we love Andy's attitude and consider him a role model not only for ourselves, but for everyone in the sport.
Maurizio "Mauri" DiPalma
Mauri has more BASE jumps than just about everyone else on planet earth. The most impressive part is that his 3500 BASE jumps so far, cover a wide range of objects and jumping styles. He is an expert aerialist, wingsuit pilot, tracker, and low freefall jumper. Mauri lives near Mt Brento, Italy, where he flies his AURA (and our other suits) in and around the Dolomites.
Simon is one of the more talented terminal cliff jumpers that we have met, and has a massive amount of experience in the tracking and wingsuit flying arenas. He lives in Switzerland, amongst countless massive wingsuit exits. Simon flies a full complement of Squirrel equipment, from the Stronglite/IBEX to the AURA and FUNK. And of course the SUMO, too.
If you have been BASE Jumping in the Alps for a few seasons, then you know Olek. One of the most experienced wingsuit BASE jumpers in the world, Olek has been a quiet presence on the scene for many years. Hailing from Poland, Olek spends the best months of the summer wingsuiting across the Alps.
Ian is a full time professional BASE jumper and skydiver. At Squirrel, we feel fortunate to have so many mellow, humble, and positive jumpers on our team, and Ian embodies all of these qualities. He is as cool and collected as he is experienced, and we love hanging out with him in the mountains.
Steph is one of the world’s foremost rock climbers. Her long, stellar climbing career has blended with BASE and wingsuit flying in a spectacular way, and we are very excited to be planning future adventures with her. Steph lives in Moab, UT, where she runs Moab BASE Adventures, a premier BASE training and guiding operation. Steph is also an accomplished author - check out her site, and prepare to be amazed by this renaissance mountain woman.
"FreeFly" Rob Heron
A citizen of planet Earth, for the longest time we weren't sure where Rob was from or where he even was half the time we were talking to him. All we know is that this guy can fly, and he travels the world with a commitment to positivity in the air and on the ground. And that's what matters, to us.
Cedric is a true veteran and a professional, in a sport that has few of either. He has been BASE jumping since before we had hair on our nuts, and currently has over 2000 BASE jumps (and 10,000+ skydives). Although he is highly experienced in a wide range of objects from ultra-low to super-urban, Cedric's focus is now wingsuit flying. He says of the Colugo, "I love it, the Colugo delivers everything that I expect from a wingsuit."
Lawrence de Laubadere
Together with his partner in everything, Taya Weiss, Lawrence travels the globe initiating skydivers into the world of wingsuits, tracking, freeflying, tunnel-ninja-ing, and just about any other advanced freefall skill. Lawrence's terminally positive attitude and constant enthusiasm for all branches of our sport is an inspiration.
Alex is on the newer side of the experience scale and has made it this far this fast through no sort of magic. He understands that the only way to improve quickly is to commit to jumping full time. As a resident of the southern hemisphere, he has dedicated himself to an endless summer by spending a few months in the Alps every year.
Robert "Scotty Bob" Morgan
In this day and age, truly well-rounded BASE jumpers are rare. Scotty-Bob travels the globe jumping full time, and not only in a wingsuit. We can't think of anyone else who is so experienced and so current in every aspect of jumping, from dirty-low slider down aerials to big mountain wingsuit flights, and everything in between!
Scott "Plamer" Palmer
Plamer is one of the most talented free-flyers in the world, and is one of the foremost educators and competitors in the sport. Plamer's skill in the skydive environment translates naturally to his wingsuit BASE flying, and he is a classic example of how being a better skydiver can (potentially) make you a better BASE jumper.
Baptiste is so talented that it can be frustrating to fly (or ski, or climb, or whatever) with him. After not touching a wingsuit for a half year he will still out-glide you without even trying. A mountain guide and soon to be father based in Chamonix, Baptiste can be seen playing in the Alps during every season of the year.
Charley is a doctor, but if you have ever met him, then you know that already. We like having doctors around, they come in handy sometimes. When he's not treating our rashes and infections, he can be found BASE jumping all over the place, from dirty-low stuff and nice granite cliffs in the American West, to the raddest wingsuit lines of the Alps.
We met David randomly in Lauterbrunnen one day, and he turned out to be a pretty good guy. Turns out he flies well, too. David is employed by the American military, which is the back-to-back champion of world wars. When he's not doing military skydiving stuff, he's teaching new jumpers how to fly wingsuits, and traveling the world to fly his own - he flies the Colugo, and Aura.
Gunnar likes to go fast, and so he does. Have you ever jumped with someone who always seems to be out in front, and you just can't catch him no matter how hard you try? If not, then you've never flown with Gunnar. A professional race car driver by day, Gunnar's career has spanned the globe from the 24hrs of Le Mans and exotic sports car racing in Europe and South America, to the ALMS series in the USA.
Nathan Jones could be the most talented ginger we've ever met. Ever smiling, for the past two years he has been on the ultra-fast-track to become a wingsuit BASE jumper, which is not a method that we endorse, but we respect his full time attention to doing it correctly and somewhat cautiously and we are confident that he's got what it takes to enjoy a long career in the sport.
Laurent has been a crucial bi-lingual ambassador for Squirrel both on the west coast of the USA and in the French Alps, and is somehow mysteriously native to both locations. Currently residing near Chamonix, Lau can be found flying from mountains year round, with consistent and admirably dedicated focus.
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