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, a 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

Experience

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.

O'Neil started her career as a video producer for commercial spots for clients like Toyota, Dell, Dirt Devil, Eggo, and the Travel Channel as well as music videos for artists like The Killers, Hot Hot Heat, Britney Spears, and Marilyn Manson. She still produces the Annie Awards, which celebrates the highest achievements in animation each year.

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. Shortly thereafter, 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 jumped from a bridge in the South African garden route, a cliff near Cape Town, a skyscraper in Istanbul, and an antenna in Southern California. This sequence of four consecutive jumps made her the first female (and one of the only athletes in general) to achieve BASE—building, antenna, span, and earth—in just four jumps. 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, you'll find O'Neil flying in the wind tunnel, rock climbing, skiing, slacklining, and stretching on a yoga mat. She also writes for her own travel blog as well as a number of other publications. O'Neil and her partner travel full-time as location-independent digital nomads, living, working, jumping, and flying all over the world.

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Awards and Publications

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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