Skydiving

Vector Micron V306

New Rig

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!

Skydive like your life depends on it

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.

Second Logbook

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

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300 for a 3-day weekend.

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.

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