Episode 38- Jeff Shapiro and cracking the code

Jeff dropping in

Jeff Shapiro returns to the Cloudbase Mayhem! We sat down with Jeff in episode #3 of the podcast a year and a half ago right after Jeff lost a number of his closest friends to Wingsuit basejumping and had an amazing talk about risk, danger, gratitude, life, love and the art of living a life of adventure. At that time Jeff was just learning paragliding after a lifetime of hang gliding and “high risk” sports so we wanted to catch up and find out how his progression has gone. What’s different other than the aircraft? How have his thousands of hours of flight helped (and potentially hurt) learning cross country with a paraglider? We talk about risk; revisit his decision to wingsuit jump again; delve into what it’s like to be a beginner again as a professional athlete and why learning is so necessary to joy and happiness; how to “crack the code”; how to manage fear and realizing perspective can be changed; controlling a glider if you have dramatic riser twists; unpacking learning a new activity and a LOT more. Jeff is an amazing human and articulates the beauty of our sport in a way very few can. Please enjoy this amazing episode.


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Show Notes:

  • Jeff revisits his past and how living with risk is acceptable- and necessary
  • Being a beginner again and detaching from ego and identity and how precious it is to let go
  • Learning and growing as a person- why it’s so critical
  • Paragliding- the meld between alpinism and flying
  • Comparing the mix of knowledge and the “dark arts”
  • How a paraglider as an aircraft allows so much more adventure than a hang glider- Freedom!
  • Fear is something that keeps you safe, but managing fear is critical- remember to have fun and remember that perspective can be changed
  • Methods to relax when things are stressful
  • Flying within your means- understanding your own skillset and mindset
  • “Cracking the code”- what’s on Jeff’s wishlist?
  • Why alone time is so important
  • We revisit Jeff’s losses in the Base world. Why Jeff has decided to jump again and how he justifies the risk
  • To not do something you’re passionate about because of fear and doubt is unacceptable because it would have to apply to the rest of your life- don’t deprive yourself of being you.


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