Norwegian BASE jumper and extreme skier Karina Hollekim was living the dream as one of the most naturally talented and fearless athletes in her high-adrenalin field.
But a leg-crushing aerial accident in 2006 forced her to confront the darker side of adventure. Since that fateful day, Karina has endured twenty surgeries and has had to relearn to walk.
James Shane McConkey was a risk taker, an inventor, and an explorer, who led many out of their comfort zones, pushed the limits into new experiences and previously unknown and new directions, while often sporting new innovative technology.
(from Open House, Leslie Anthony)
He was at the ragged edge of a ragged sport where you have to be one hundred percent right, every time.
Fellow extremist, Will Gadd, Re: the guy on the cover - Shane McConkey
He said, 'That's what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.
Jesus through a parable in Luke 19:26, MSG
The joy I get from skiing, that's worth dying for...
C. R. Johnson, Seven Sunny Days DVD
This kind of activity combines both a heightened sense of arousal and engagement in one's surroundings as well as intense, almost out-of-body concentration within an activity.
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I've been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I've known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather.
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:23-24, MSG
Shane McConkey was born on Dec. 30, 1969, in Vancouver. He died on March 26, 2009, in Italy in a BASE skiing accident. He was 39. He leaves his wife, Sherry, his three-year-old daughter, Ayla, his father, Jim, and his mother, Glenn