years thrill seekers have been visiting Moab’s extreme
landscape to participate in various activities on Terra
Firma or on the Green or Colorado rivers.
This year they will have the
opportunity to take their adventures to the air. The Canyonlands
Field Airport is now home to Skydive Moab, a new venture
that offers beginners a chance to jump in “tandem”
with a seasoned professional. The owners of Skydive Moab,
husband and wife team, Clint MacBeth and Shelley White,
along with Michael Carpenter and Dominik Loyen of Skydive
New England, bring almost 15,000 jumps of experience to
Clint and I came to Moab last year to spend our off-season(winter)
BASE jumping. We loved it! The weather was mild enough to
spend almost every day outdoors. With the ideal landscape
for a wide array of adventure activities, we were surprised
that someone had not already opened a skydiving center.
We knew we could settle-down here and thought we could make
a living by doing what we know best.
Skydiving is in Clint’s
blood! It was part of growing up in the MacBeth family.
Clint’s father, Greg, began jumping in 1983 when Clint
was only 5 years old, and his Grandfather Gil, started jumping
a month later at the age of 60! Greg went on to run his
own dropzone for 10 years. Clint learned how to pack parachutes
by age eleven and started jumping as soon as he turned 16.
The rest of the family including mom, two younger brothers
and one younger sister have all taken the plunge as well.
Keith, the next oldest, is an accomplished formation canopy
pilot, who has participated in various world record jumps.
Clint’s skydiving career has seen over 5000 skydives.
It has taken him all over the US & beyond visiting dropzones
and participating in competitions, the most recent of which
was the “World Cup of Canopy Piloting” where
he placed in the top 25!
Clint and I met at Skydive New England in the summer of
2000 when I was just learning to skydive.
“We’ve come so far in just a short time!”
Starting our own business has been very exciting, but also
tons of hard work. Being new to the “business end”
of things continuously presents us with challenges, it keeps
us learning everyday. We’ve gotten lots of help from
the established Moab business community, everyone has been
really wonderful to us. We hope to pay them back by bringing
even more visitors to Moab looking for adventurous fun-filled
Go Fast Pure Energy drink, based in Colorado, is something
else we are trying to bring to Moab. We really believe in
this company and their product and we actually “live
the brand”, as you might say. Everytime we jump, we
reach speeds of 120mph or more, and people just don’t
usually go much faster than that! During the last decade,
Go Fast has pumped more than a quarter million dollars into
the skydiving community in event sponsorships, athlete support,
and cash purses. Now they are bringing their support to
Moab and we’re hoping everyone will embrace them.
This winter hasn’t remotely resembled our last winter
here, but we have “weathered” the cold and the
snow and a few of your friends and neighbors braved the
cold to make their first skydive. We can’t wait to
share this incredibleexperience with everyone! One of the
best things about taking people on Tandem skydives is that
you are constantly surrounded by the excitement and adrenaline
of new jumpers-there’s an energy in the air!
Skydiving is an exhilerating way to beat the heat in the
Skydive Moab is located
at Canyonlands Field, just 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy
191. We’re open six days a week (closed Tues) from
9am until sunset. For more information on tandem jumping
call 259-JUMP/800-UGO JUMP or go online at