Annette O'Neil

The author jumps from Istanbul's Sapphire Tower.
The author jumps from Istanbul's Sapphire Tower. Image © Kontizas Dimitrios


  • The first woman to complete a jump from a building, antenna, span, and earth (B.A.S.E.) in just four jumps (2012)
  • Founder of the Clever Ginger Collective, photography, videography, and travel blog dedicated to skydiving, B.A.S.E. jumping, and paragliding
  • Adventure and extreme sports journalist whose work has appeared in LiveLeak, the Red Bull Valentine's Aventure Couple Contest, Right This Minute, Sunski, and on the Daily Travel Podcast


Annette O'Neil is a former writer for ThoughtCo with a focus on extreme sports, which she wrote about extensively for over two and a half years.

In the summer of 2008, O'Neil started the journey into "extreme" activities by taking a trip along the legendary mountain roads north of Los Angeles on a Kawasaki Ninja sportbike. A short time later, she met a skydiver in South Africa and signed up for her first tandem jump a few days later. Skydiving led quickly to paragliding, speed flying, and, finally, B.A.S.E. jumping.

In mid-2012, O'Neil became the first female, and one of the only athletes in general, to achieve BASE–building, antenna, span, and earth–in four consecutive jumps. She jumped from a bridge on the South African Garden Route, from a cliff near Cape Town, off a skyscraper in Istanbul, and from an antenna in Southern California. Since then, O'Neil has logged hundreds of B.A.S.E. jumps across four continents and earned the highest non-professional license in skydiving.

In between flights and jumps, O'Neil fine tunes her techniques by flying in a wind tunnel. Other activities also help her hone her skills, including rock climbing, skiing, slacklining, and stretching on a yoga mat. O'Neil writes a travel blog and contributes to numerous other publications. She and her partner are full-time location-independent digital nomads, traveling, living, working, jumping, and flying around the globe.


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