Finally!! My new parachute rig arrived!!
So far I’ve only flown it a handful of times, but nothing compares to having a custom fit rig on your back.
The material is still all very stiff and obviously fresh off the assembly line (which I visited back in February in DeLand, Florida).
I cannot wait to break it in.
Even more, I am glad it arrived in time for my August trip to the Mountain Gravity Boogie in Switzerland!
The USPA recently published a report on the number of skydiving related deaths in an issue of the Parachutist. The trend seems to be that more experienced jumpers attempting to do more technically challenging maneuvers are the ones to meet their maker first.
A postpartum report of incidents makes everything seem silly because everything in retrospect seems simple. As skydivers we need to be cool and calm as we absorb the information and understand the gravity surrounding each incident. It gives you perspective.
Never for a moment should we let ourselves believe that we are immune to mishaps or that even the smallest oversight in detail is no big deal. 99 times out of a hundred, that might be true. But how much would life suck if you were that one percent?
If you skydive, skydive like it’s your last.
Skydive like your life depends on it.
It was a matter of time, but finally I finished my first logbook. The Original one has so much space in it for comments and pictures, which is totally unnecessary when you’re not worried about the quality of jumps so much as making the next load.
I purchased a more suitable logbook for my needs. As seen below, there is less space for details and plenty of lines for the number and type of jumps completed
Last month I jumped a personal record with 33 jumps in a month and managed to hit the 300 mark. April has been week-after-week of clouds and rain and this-and-that. Despite the speed bump, I am quite satisfied with this month because I finally got to push my mom out of a plane! (more…)
And the video is released! There is a short and long version, though I personally feel the short version is a bit more exciting. In any case getting to experience shooting some cool stuff for a commercial has been a fantastic experience.
Going into the 3-day weekend, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make my 300th jump. Day one and two together only got me to a grand total of 4 jumps bringing me 6 jumps shy of the mark. By some divine act on the third and final day, the sky opened up and so did the slots.
First up on the first load at 9. One slot open on the 10, then another on the 11 o’clock.
All by chance really, I had run into the opportunity to participate in a marketing campaign for Audi. They are celebrating challenging the images we may have about different things like food or skydiving by combining things we may never associate together. (more…)