Friday, October 27, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
Saturday a BASE Jumper was killed when he pulled his chute late..
Now, being a skydiver, I can tell you, the MOST IMPORTANT RULE is to PULL YOUR FREAKIN CHUTE!!!
This is the hand signal for PULL YOUR GODDAMNED 'CHUTE!
They hammer that into you from day 1. As a BASE jumper, he should have KNOWN exactly how long he needed. These guys have HUNDREDS of jumps under their belts. In the skydiving community, that's not alot, but it's enough that he should have known. My heart goes out to his family for their loss. However, but this guy, through his carelessness, could do great harm to the Sport of Skydiving, and BASE Jumping, specifically.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
This should prove interesting.. I will be gone 4 and a half days. The first day and a half are academic, with the following 3 spent in the mountains. They have given us a "List of Supplies" that we are to bring, and a list of "Prohibited Items". The prohibited items are things like GPS, Tents, Sleeping bags, ground pads, stoves, etc. The idea is to use the materials at hand to create a shelter that will afford you some measure of comfort and warmth.
Should be fun!