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gimpboogie

Dec 20, 2007, 9:53 AM
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Hi,
I thought to start a thread here so folks who are in similar situation as me and are wanting to sky dive alone eventually (sure I love my tandem instructor dearly but I do not plan on hauling his ass through the blue skies for everTongue ).

Here is my intro thread where you can get the general idea of whats going on to date:
http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=2997438;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

I will keep posting the videos as we get them.

But this is my 4th tandem progression sky dive.
We discuss in this video how we secure my legs, and what skills i was working on during that dive,
at the end of the video is the debriefing and the issue that occurred which we needed to correct (these are important aspects ) is discussed.

here is the 4th tandem progression dive:
Something important to note about the 9th tandem dive is that we did not plan to do two back flips.

Since I was in control of stabilizing us,
I was not able to stop the second back flip but as soon as it started I arched as strong as i could and
did finish with a clean stable arch after the second one.

Of course had I not been able to do so,
my instructor would have worked towards stopping us,
but the idea is to see what I could do alone.

This was my last dive prior to our planned trip to the wind tunnel in Feb 2008 or March 2008 and there we will see how stable I am without anyone attached to me.
That will be the real test of what will happen.
There will be video posted of that experience once we have made the trip.

I'll keep this thread updated with the video links and any info on stuff that we find important to share.
especially if something does not work well, and we need to change aspects of our ideas.

Such as what happened with the 4th dive,
we needed to change some things so the strap with which I was to pull my legs up for landing didnt interfere with pulling the cord which it did in that video (it is visible how the daisychain we used is getting in the way when I try to pull... that time it took me 1000f of altitude to finally be able to pull.

ONE VERY IMPORTANT aspect is TO ALWAYS DEPLOY MUCH HIGHER then able bodied people do.

The students at out DZ deploy at 3,000f
I must commence my wave off at 5,500f and have finished pulling the cord by 5,000f.This gives me time to pull up my legs after checking for upper wind directions, DZ location etc. well before I hit the 3,000f marker where the other students would be ready to start flying their canopy.

I think that this is probably the most important thing I can stress. Is the fact that we quads need extra altitude to do our jobs.

-minna


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gimpboogie

Dec 20, 2007, 4:19 PM
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Here is the video of my first tandem sky dive on Aug 6th 2007.
with details of the minimum modifications we made in order for me to be able to do this tandem dive.

Here I am purely a passenger, yet this is the dive that ignited the fire within for my spirit to fly freely.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1nm2fOFPYQ


Baksteen  (C 708753)

Dec 21, 2007, 12:49 AM
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Respect! Keep following your dreams!

I am really looking forward to seeing more of your progression.

Blue skies,

Dennis.


gimpboogie

Mar 7, 2008, 3:18 AM
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Projected time line:

Apr. 22/23 first test of the gimp FF pants we have now.
A rigger made them sort of like a hybrid between Peter Hewitt's pants and Jari Kuosma's Impact system pants.

They are paraplegic friendly pants Wink
He put zippers along the sides of the legs up to the knees for ease of taking the knee braces on and off as well as for my leg bag. Now I'll be able to empty my bag under canopy Pirate
This is important because as a para i do not want to be taking my pants on and off each time I want to put the leg braces on for a dive. I do not want to wear them the whole day either, for concern of skin breakdown in the summer heat.
It takes me considerable amount of time to get dressed.
I could propably do a dive in the time it takes.

This way, I can get to my needs,
while keeping the pants on.

I'll try my hand at uploading a photo.

My coaches, Angus and Dave will fly in the tunnel on the 24,25,26th and I might join them in there for more tunnel training since there is 30 hrs booked by a PST DZ group for the 25,26 to buy into if I need/want (more to, how much can I afford Wink ).


The AFF is tentatively planned for 3rd weekend in May, unless we find optimum conditions at the tunnel and great weather outside,
we might just go do the 1st AFF the 26th of April.

We hope to get some tandem refresher dives in hopefully prior to the tunnel dates, if not then early May.
The AFF will have to wait till after the tunnel and the refresher tandem's.
We do not want me to fly my own canopy for the first time after not having done a tandem progression dive since Nov.
This is the general time line.
By the end of next month I will have learned how my attitude is in FF at the tunnel, and have something to report.


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wmw999  (D 6296)

Mar 7, 2008, 6:02 AM
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I'll just bet you're stoked. Those are great looking pants, and they sound really functional (which is much better than great-looking if you have to choose)

Wendy W.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Mar 7, 2008, 8:00 AM
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Hi Minna,
I"m so excited for you. I can't wait to hear about that first (and second and third and....) AFF jump. The sky is such a great place to be. Cool


gimpboogie

Mar 7, 2008, 7:41 PM
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Thanks for sharing in my excitement.

This has been a calculated decision for me,
thinking of it for 3 yrs before beginning the process.
It feels like the eve of something big in my life right now.
Doing something that has taken me yrs of mental preparation. I was not sure if this would be possible when i started thinking about it, but was certain that if it was possible, I would find out.


gimpboogie

Mar 7, 2008, 8:01 PM
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Thanks Wendy.

They are nice pants, with zippers and velcro their the best!

Yes I am anticipating this.
Been preparing for a lifelong project,
and being on the eve of trying out something that no one has done yet(that I've heard of yet.. Lonnie and I talked one day that propably the only para's regularly skydiving or BASE jumping solo (not counting tandems in this case... although I certainly consider tandems to be skydivers).

Certainly there are several folks with disabilities skydiving, but from what I've been reading the only one who has the need for, and has created his own,
FF pants in order to maintain stability,
is Peter Hewitt.

Peter and I started talking many months ago about this, with him sharing much important info with Angus and myself.

Recently a paraplegic went to a wind tunnel with the same hopes as myself.
Their stability in the tunnel was not optimum,
and the subsequently planned AFF is now on hold.

That recent development overshadows this wind tunnel trip, with my pants.
These pants are definitely different the Peter's pants (his has a mesh type material like you see on the pilot chutes in the place my white material is), and the buckles and webbing for hoisting up the legs once under canopy ready for landing, is different then Peter's system.

I do not know what adaptations the other para who went into the tunnel had.


Peter of course was a skydiver (as are other 3 paras whom I know to skydive and BASE jump)
I was told that makes a difference, since knowing what the dive is supposed to be like is a benefit.
I can see that being the case,
yet also I think that diving as a para is very different then a person who has use of legs to some degree or another.

Perhaps the fact that I have never landed on my feet, and my perspective on the word is from 4 feet high,
I might have some habituation to these low level situations. Does it make sense?
My 'vision' typically of the ground is from 4 feet high, I almost feel like it is about where I flare.


I am vigilant in the forefront of my mind,
the fact that my landings will have to be as perfect as I can make them... each time.
There is much less room for error then a standing individual who by nature has 2 to3 feet more altitude to play with. It may not sound like much, but it is, when you think of falling on your butt.

Weve been toying with various ideas for a skid plate of some sorts for the pants.

I think I will go with a back and tailbone armor sort of like I have see some parkour/freerunners use now, and wakeboarders etc.
If I can find a very lightweight, flexible and secure one I will definitely invest in it.

What I would really like for my butt and lower back is the stuff downhill skiers have in their suits.
The suit is flexible at all times except during sudden impact at which point the suit becomes rock hard armour.

Very useful for swoopers perhaps also but certainly would be the idea component for me.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Mar 7, 2008, 8:30 PM
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I am amazed at all you have accomplished. Besides a continuing lifelong battle with weight which I am finally winning, I only have my age as a challenge and that's more than enough for me.

I am astounded by what a love of jumping from airplanes can inspire people to do and how it can change one's life. I am so glad I decided to do that first skydive last October. I don't know about you, but I can't imagine my life without jumping. Smile


Baksteen  (C 708753)

Mar 10, 2008, 4:36 AM
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Shadows or not,

Knowing you you'll just sweep away those doubts once you properly get into the tunnel. Look at it this way: even if you have the same stability problems, at the very least it could be a sort of research trip as to how to further improve your braces.

I'll be looking forward to read how it went.
You'll get there, Minna!

Dennis.


gimpboogie

Mar 13, 2008, 5:08 PM
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Angus has been developing a Adaptive Free Fall Program
document, which is not near publication yet

but I think this is important to state now.

EVERYONE,
Angus writes:

"under no circumstances should it be considered the definitive document. There is no substitute for experience. Only HIGHLY qualified and experienced instructors should attempt to train disabled students for solo freefall. "

You must read the experiences I have,
as a guideline for what can happen.

Taking into consideration that some non-traditional methods, such as using an advanced skill as butt sliding on landing, are necessary in some instances.

It is critical you understand the increased risks involved and subsequently the importance of employing ALL safety measures available, as well as utilizing tandem progression while practicing safe landing procedure. Trying a butt slide on your first AFF without working on it with your instructor in tandem format is extremely dangerous. I can testify to it:
I tried to flare at 30f the first time Shocked,
without Angus I could have been smashed up.

Be well, remain safe and have fun,
-minna


gimpboogie

Mar 13, 2008, 5:43 PM
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A few more important quotes.

'"mperative that the student is able to perform low speed landings"
(much more critical for those of us with leg disabilities)

"to select a parachute that is larger than a conventional training parachute, such as a tandem parachute. Do NOT take chances with parachute size!!!

I share this because some have shown interest in trying these things.

Yes I encourage everyone to reach for their dreams,
live happy lives and engage in meaningful activities.
I stress the importance of waiting for someone else to be the "guinea pig" trying this out, and learning from their experiences, then going to the most qualified instructor you can find.
ps
This document, once it is completed, tested to prove correct in the specific methods of instruction will be available in some format to those interested.

-so far I have shared MY EXPERIENCES, but Angus is the one writing up the manual Smile


teamshred  (D 422)

Mar 21, 2008, 9:35 PM
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Well I've started a manual on Adaptive Skydiving for the disabled so please check it out

http://www.jagworksdesign.com/html/Para%20Manul%20opening%20page.htm

All the best
Rod Mack D-422 CSPA


gimpboogie

Apr 1, 2008, 10:38 AM
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The harness test for these adaptive free fly pants has been conducted.

findings:

*asides from the video posted proving we can take this all too lightly sometimes... these are the edited out parts of the instructional video. Luckily I trust my life with these coaches..


findings:

straps need to be repositioned to below the knee.

stirrups are necessary to keep the pants down while pulling up the legs for landing position.


its easier to pull down then up, we needed to change the angle of approach on the leg straps. From pulling them up, to pulling the straps down at the chest harness.

using a properly fitted harness would have given some comfort (given the bruises it seems that it was a bit excessive bruising from what Angus said)

grippers on jump pants are a good idea after all!!
especially for AFF students who don't have use of their legs.

the harness does not fit inside the same pair of pants which fit FF friendly size (snug) when it was used outside the pants.
We tried to fit the leg straps inside the harness, like we originally planned, but the fact that these pants fit me snug originally, left it too tight for the leg straps inside. Options being to widen the pants, or slots for the leg straps on the outside, we chose the latter being easier, cheaper and faster.

when doing your emergency procedures make sure your AFF instructor does not have your reserve handle.

have fun, but always remember this is not about having fun,this is about training your mind to save yourself when it becomes necessary.
And it becomes necessary each time you enter the plane on the ground.


Angus told me, that each time I go up, it is to be with my safety gear
(I have a kit of gear he wants me to dive with.. for off landings: a cell phone-since I cant walk back to the DZ, a medical info badge-i.e. if I land somewhere knock myself out and a local shows up finds out I can't walk they might think I just broke my back.. meanwhile I just need a lift to the DZ to my wheelchair)
and with a checklist in my mind that I go through...
a big part of that includes
a) telling the pilot and each occupant in the plane what altitude I'm leaving at.... letting everyone know I open at 5.5 (must by 5) is necessary also.
b) rehearsing my mind through the dive as we did this weekend on Sun. for hours.

It is all about awareness.

of
altitude
and
surroundings.

"where are the others" was the most common 'check' going through
our dirt dives right after altitude checks.

proximity to DZ
IS ESSENTIAL for a paraplegic skydiver.

I do not want to land too far from my wheelchair.
not across a ditch at least, or beyond cow pies.


furthermore, there is the idea of what to do with the parachute once I'm down, and bring it back to the DZ, the packing area...
a bag.

I need to jump with a large plastic bag tightly inside my special pocket with the medical ID etc.
into this bag I place my canopy and then roll along the ground
OUT of the landing path, then towards the building.


these are the little things that matter much but often are overlooked.
Tandem progression was different. I was attached to him,
flying my big bus I will fly alone and need to bring her back safe and clean.
(either a 300 or another canopy Angus will jump with my gear before I do)

enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pYcnAggFG8


gimpboogie

Apr 2, 2008, 2:46 PM
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In reply to:
(either a 300 or another canopy Angus will jump with my gear before I do)

/reply]


This I think is important to reiterate
The canopy will be chosen based on the fact that my landings must be smooth, slow and controlled.

EIther a "big boy rig" with a 300,
a tandem canopy (probably not)
or some student canopy meant for a wing load of 300 lbs or so

should really be considered for anyone starting to jump
with lower leg dysfunction.
paralysis to any degree in the legs require the landing to be taken as PFL's always but with a further consideration
-legs needing to be out of the way
of potentially getting caught under you in any landing situation.


The canopy chosen should only be suggested by the most experienced coaches, and after consultation with the manufacturer and/or a Master Rigger.

Same with any modifications, and 'additions' to fly pants (like mine and what Peter uses), or any other item you will have on you,
while skydiving.


My canopy is chosen by Angus,
regardless of my body weight.
I weigh in between 170-180 lbs, and as a typical student could easily start with a 280 and go down from there faster then I ever will.
This is a different playing field all together,
then a diver with leg use.

whether I jump defined by conditions-winds,
are determined by Angus regardless of what the typical student standards are.

Next update will be the tunnel experience.
-minna


superwoman8433  (C 27004)

Apr 3, 2008, 1:57 PM
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I know I have already said it in a past post somewhere but I am going to say it again...YOU ROCK!!! Everything that you have done to get to where you are is awesome! It makes me realize how easy it was (took me 13 jumps to graduate) for me. Even though for my first 20 or so jumps I got sick. Anyways, I just wanted to say kuddos and again if your ever in Deland, you better come jump with me!!!!!


gimpboogie

Apr 17, 2008, 4:10 PM
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thanks for the kind words,
I'm not sure if I rock r not,
but i do work hard, try to make calculated decisions with my coach Angus, and have faith that by the end of this
season I will be joining the dark side
and learning the jedi art of FF.


gimpboogie

Apr 30, 2008, 7:52 AM
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the "final leg" of this project went as follows:

1) Angus wrote an "adaptive free fall program" for me to follow.
Basically a 'modified' AFF skydiving instructional manual.

2) Dave and Angus checked and re-checked the rigging (of my pants) and continually are developing further modifications to the leg stability and landing safety issues (i.e. building some sort of a 'skid pad' on the butt of the "gimp freefly" pants for added safety for the critical tailbone area)

3) Skyventure NH donated a tremendous amount of support from tunnel time to dedicating their most experienced tunnel instructors to this project.
FF stability was established in the first 1/2 hr block of tunnel time and Angus was confident of our ability to continue to the next step
-1st AFF dive.

4) The tunnel experience 'astonished' the tunnel instructors (in that I was able to gain stability as fast as I did). This I credit to Angus doing 12 tandem progression dives, many discussions with Dave and the expertize of the tunnel instructors in teaching me the skills.

5) Angus felt my stability was 'solid' enough that he was prepared to jump with ONE AFF instructor on our first dive (*only him and Dave on video) but we decided to put safety 'in the bank' (*as Angus says, 'always make sure you have altitude in the bank') and recruited -on the recommendation of the DZO-Mr. Tom McCarthy, another AFF instructor (one who is known for his stability and thus he is called 'a planet of his own'-solid fellow in all possible ways)

6) Angus spent 1 1/2 hr sessions with me two days prior to our dive onrefreshing FF expected procedures, along with high speed and low speed malfunctions, and all possible important aspects of canopy flight.

7) Master Rigger Mr. Will McCarthy repacked my main AND reserve prior to my jump.

8) Champion accuracy canopy pilot Mr. Rob McCarthy gave me a one on one canopy control instructional session on the day of the dive.

9) Angus spent great amount of time helping me focus on the correct solo dive. To build positive muscle and mental memory for this dive. Dirt diving, visualization, what ever you want to call it but it was a 1 1/2 hrs worth of training per day for 5 days prior to this dive. Purely focussing on the way things are supposed to go, and the 'perfect' dive (if there ever could be such a thing), to build that into my mind.

10) On the day of the dive after about 4 hrs of preperations (for the rigging, repacking and canopy control sessions followed by private sessions with Angus on mental focus- I DO NOT want to ever have to pick up golfing, and mental focus is the key for me on this one.... the dividing line between those two sports) we were ready to dive.

11) We left the plane as planned @ 11,000f.
First dive involved three practice pulls, with altitude awareness to a 5.5 'wave off' and deployment by 5,000f (my hard deck is 3,000f in this first dive). Initial assessment from debriefing shows that this FF section was fairly well executed with circle of awareness noticeable in the video, response to hand signals, and wave off at the correct altitude. There was some backsliding in FF which was evident from the video as well as my personal feeling of where i felt I was 'heading' (I felt like I was slightly pitching upward with my head and torso-need to work on correcting this with my arms)
There was an issue during deployment of holding on too long to the pilot chute, which had the potentiality of becoming a malfunction had I not let go at the time I did, for Angus was ready to open the container since he saw the lines going up but no bag coming out.
This is certainly an issue which MUST be corrected, thus this first AFF dive will be done again before we will continue on to the next step.

12) Canopy control was 'nice' according to the DZO watching and on the radio. Landing was in the bowl, and my log book states it was within 2M of target.

13) Leg straps worked fine and easy enough to operate that only minor adjustments are necessary.

Over all, this was a good dive and leaves me feeling confident and positive towards redoing this dive (for the pilot chute issue). I feel confident I will succeed this task and move on in the next dive.

I am very happy, and also quite glad to see that I landed within 2 M of target and the 7 min. 30 sec. FF time I've accumulated in my log book.


More info will be available once a through analysis of the dive video is possible sometime soon.

Blueskies,
-minna


gimpboogie

Apr 30, 2008, 7:56 AM
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my computer is crashed, using public ones so cannot upload any photos now but here is a link to my DZ forum where there are a few photos:

http://www.parachuteschool.com/.../viewtopic.php?t=345


gimpboogie

Apr 30, 2008, 8:24 AM
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I cannot help but add in this thread something that is on my mind totally outside of this forum topic but deeply ingrained within my personal journey to skydive.

On Oct 28th 2007 I had my most successful skydive to date, and on that day we lost Tonto-who was a pioneer in teaching paralyzed people to skydive.

On Apr. 26th I finally had my first AFF and on Apr. 27th the skydiving community worldwide and specifically here in my home Ontario Canada lost a deeply loved and accomplished skydiver Ahmed.

I dedicated my first dive to Eric-Tonto. He was on my mind prior to the dive and after the landing I looked up to the blue skies and said to Tonto "look at me fly now, THANK YOU !!!" for he had much email contact with my coach Angus at the beginning stages of my learning process.

This is somehow significant enough for me to state here.

I do not know why. Unsure


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Apr 30, 2008, 10:18 AM
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Woo hoo, Mina. Way to go! Your persistence and dedication are inspiring. Your landing was sure better than my last one. I didn't flare in time and did another of my more or less, splats. At least I have learned to roll with them. I looked at the pictures and it is great to see you in the air. When's the next jump?


gimpboogie

Apr 30, 2008, 12:17 PM
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Thank you for the kind words.
I'm pretty happy about it also.
I had TONS of help from MANY people dedicating a lot of time, energy and $ to this.
They ALL know who they are,
-THANKS!!! YOU MAKE MY SOUL SOAR!!


next jump T minus 48 hrs or so....
if Mother Nature permits.
On Sun 27th I was to jump but the winds were gusting to 19mph grounding me, which was a very good thing because there was a lot of turbulance, and other issues other then the ground wind speeds.

I watched the experienced jumpers at PST on Sun Apr. 27th and they were having bucking bronco rides under their canopies....


live to jump another day was that days motto.

Were getting a Grand Caravan in T minus 21 hrs,
but my jumping depends on a lot of things other then the availability of a plane and winds @ 15mph or less.

So... my next one will be when it will be! Wink


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Apr 30, 2008, 12:24 PM
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Ah, yes, waiting for the next jump. I have spent a lot of time doing that. It seems to be a rite of passage for most students. I am supposed to jump tomorrow afternoon and so far the sky and wind are looking good. When I first started jumping, I was usually the only one at the dz, so I really didn't realize what effect the wind could have. Having spent a lot of hours this spring watching experienced jumpers landing in winds that are out of my range, I now have no problem with staying on the ground. Smile


gimpboogie

May 1, 2008, 9:04 AM
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http://www.skydivegan.com/main.html
Go to photos page.

blueskies,
-minna


gimpboogie

May 1, 2008, 11:58 AM
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I apologize for the mistake on the names.
It is John McCarthy the accuracy canopy pilot who was teaching me (and the DZ was Gan. owned by Mr. Tom McCarthy
for freefall pictures on Tom's web site http://www.skydivegan.com

Go to the pictures page.

ALL photos there are courtesy of Dave hatherly.


Premier NWFlyer  (D License)

May 1, 2008, 12:28 PM
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Totally cool story - I've just now read it all. Congrats on your first AFF. What kind of Beer! did you buy? Wink


tmaricle55  (C 37849)

May 1, 2008, 12:30 PM
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It has been amazing to read how your progress has been going. You should be VERY proud of yourself and know you are not only DOING it! To write it all down step by step will help whoever follows your lead an instructor already. Smile


gimpboogie

May 6, 2008, 9:42 AM
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thank you,
I'm honoured that your interest was kept till now!
THANKS.

BEER,
one case of heineken,
one case of corona FOR THE DZ who helped me do this all for the first time, and I was there for them for the first time...
and a 5L keg of heineken for my home DZ.


gimpboogie

May 6, 2008, 10:11 AM
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I'm deeply honoured by your high assessment of me,
but please, let us not use the word instructor and me in the same sentence, it makes me very uncomfortable
-i have 14 skydives, and 2 AFF to date.. Wink

I DO want to provide as much infoo from my perspective -as the STUDENT i am, remember that,
my perspective is only what i believed i perceive, followed by what my coaches tell me to wrok on, improve, modify etc.


but back on this all,
thanks ALL for your interest to see how this all goes along.



part 2 went like this

AFF#2 was decided to do out with one AFF instructor,
and camera man (who was qualified to help to become the 2nd AFF if needed).

1) we had a bad day for weather, the day befiore I s[ent 5 hrs in the rain, under tarps, stil getting wet trying to put up a tent to live in,
to follow DZ RULES re limited space etc. etc.

anyways that failed with the winds gusting me and tent and tarps away and off to lala land.
5 1/2 hrs of work drenched, was NOT GOOD CHOICE the day prior to the 2nd AFF.

#2
day of 2nd AFFM,, winds were strong all day and I was a'on hold' for manifest until student wind limits came.

#3 I was wanting to some day do a head down,
to which my instructor discussed with me,
and it was a possibility for me to do a tandem dive to practice other canopy skills IF there was time.

Time came.
I was getting ready to gear up for tandem, when we went to plan B -back to doing student AFF dive since winds came down and we better go now or who knows what happens.

#4
Focus was good I beleive for me, during the clib\mb, and during the exit.
we modifed the exit so I was kneeling on my legs at the doorway rather then hang my feet out the door.
this permitted one instructor and a small doorway to deal with.
plus camera man behind me.
exit was good.
i found stability.
all is well.

got thumbs up to start excercises,
we were to do the prasctice pulls again.
switched hard deck for opening main, as well as wave off (up to 6,000f from 5.5f)

I immediately noticed that without A"rick the planet' on my right, Angus and I started turning ojn a 360 axis due to my backsliding due to my legs almost bent up to my butt-staying in one place and not flopping around was a blessing.

#5
Backsliding was corrected not only by me but Angus.
thus when practice pulled all seemed doable, (we were turning about once ever 2 secs at slowest but my neptune recorded our fastest speed to be 148mph instead of 128 with the tqwo AFF's).
That was fine.
The real pull came, wave ooff weas fine.
After that I dipped my head *chin down) to place my hand on it while looking for the pilot chute handle, i flipped us upside down so fast i have never moved that fast.
it was a 'cool' feeling, no scariness panic etc, except
arch, arch arch' was my mantra.

after review, Angus and Dave both tell me that Angus DID help me get back to belly down.
When it was happening a) I felt like it was not a long time at all, (which it w3as not, it was more like a barrel roll) BUT my sense of awareness was NOT the best, i arched thought I got us belly down, and then waited for Angus to act.
I knew we had blow past 6,000f, perhaps close to 5,000f and i knew if i blew past 3,000f i'd be goping golfing.
So I thought it was best to leave AnGUS WHO surely had his heads on his shoulders, do take over a bit there.

I needed to focus on what to do next because if I did not see Angus I would have to go to main immediately and first try to check alt. inccase i've blown my hard decka and go to reserve.

SO when thigns do happen unexpectedly
it is extremely important to know 'ARCH ARCH' MANTRA, and to focus on altitude, and what to do next - is it pull main , or go to emergency procedures.

enmd result, we are again modifying some sort of braces into the legs
-we cannot do this fully without them.

-we are doing this dive again, these issues must be resolved.

-the landing is important tio plan.
the radio man -DZO had different 'signals' then the previous one.
different radios and also i heard and then not heard what was ebing said.
it came and went, for me.
i believe it was me, and my adrenalin.

so alternate plan incase of radio not working or these sort of issues, is to have.
along with emergency landing plan.

our alternate plan was to look for Angus and he would fly my pattern so i woudl follow him,.

I had wrong harness/container.
my chest strap was so high below my chin that it was pushing my head upward making a bit difficult for range of motion to see sideways or low doqwn.

I lost concentration (or hearing of?) the radio often, but knew sun was in the direction i needed to fly in iorder to get to where i was going.
then i saw angus.
i followed him in.

the landing was the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES I WAS SOAKED! first of all, two geese decided to flhy directly across my final approach about 200f abnove ground.
we misse4d each other :)
then i saw the bowl and knew i was not making it there, unless i did something stupid like try a 30 degree or more turn below 100f.

so i had to land close to the runway, right into a big puddle.

the ophoto looks like i am sliding in a tobaggan of water on my butt, splashing water alll over me head on downward like in a shower... sliding and gliding quite a bit until i grabbed my right riser and opulled the chute down to the ground.

it was a great jump, despite the increased turning due to backsliding and the leg issues,
despite flipping around back to ground and back again while trying to go for a pilot chute,
it all went qwell and the landing was great.

this dive will be redone again.
'REPEAT'
the log book says,.
like it should.

-minna


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

May 6, 2008, 10:17 PM
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Welcome to the world of being a student. Isn't learning new stuff great. I finally got to jump and passed AFF. Your turn is coming. There are some great jumps ahead for you. My last two jumps were diving exits and rolls and loops. Great fun. Thanks for sharing your story.
Pat


humanflite  (D 99999)

May 9, 2008, 12:26 PM
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Wow Smile

Kudos to you. Great work.
It sounds like your instructors/riggers/DZOs etc are all very kind helpful people.
Keep up the good work and good luck with the arch issues, persistence will pay off and you will find the right system that works for you Cool


gimpboogie

May 12, 2008, 5:22 AM
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thanks,
I'm looking forward to trying that dive again next Fri or Sat.
This time I want to find the stability to do excercises without us ending up spinning or flipping.

Here is the link to the fully edited video (some very nice photos FuzzyDave took, while taking the video).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNP6xKIzVzI


Stuntbabex  (B 31228)

May 12, 2008, 9:26 PM
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Holy crap Minna! You are such an incredible inspiration. I never thought that someone who was paralyzed could accomplish something like this but boy was I proven wrong! I think its awesome what youre doing and will totally follow your whole A license progression. Keep up the great work!


gimpboogie

May 27, 2008, 8:05 AM
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This weekend, to put it bluntly
-went TERRIBLE and then absolutely beautiful and exceptionally wonderful.

Angus and I tried that dive again (the one where I flipped around, with him flying head down trying to get me belly down so he could pull my parachute) on Sat.

-same results.

we modified things even. Tried to add leg braces, we lifted up the opening altitude from 5,500f up to 6,000f.

Same results except Angus held on to me, trying to stop me from flipping over, and I struggled with every technique-hips down, full arch, relaxed hands, arms back to compensate for backsliding, n head up- i could find to remain belly down-stable to pull. I blew past my opening, and Angus opened for me again.

Serious talk-he said 'if you were an able bodied diver i would say now-your done, im not going to endanger you by allowing you to continue'.
He then said, 'i know you have a lot on your plate,-kids, illness, ass hole ex, on n on' and 'try to get those demons out of your head, because we will try this one more time tomorrow, and if you cannot pull at the correct altitude, with stability -each two tries prior he ended up pulling because I was becoming SO unstable trying to reach out there to pull that i would be flipping like a rag doll at 150mph towards ground and even if the body position was not 'terrible' during the automatic activation device opening, it is at 1,200f putting me directly into the beginning of my landing pattern, without legs up -which takes me about 2,000f of altitude to finally pull them up!-thats huge amounts-and i would have to land with them dangling, and we all know what that could mean).

Sat. night was the toughest of my life in some ways, and the only way I could deal with it, was to stay in my tent until 11AM Sun
-one hr before that dive-my test-do I continue in this progression, or am I going to become a tandem passenger again.

I did the dive, it was just as bad, we enforced the safety even by putting two instructors and the left (Fuzzy Dave) side one was only to hold on to me when I was NOT trying to pull..... so he was there for back up to correct me if i started to roll/flip).

We upped the opening altitude again! to 7,000f!
that last time I tried to pull
-first two I could not accomplish it without the slight tilt ready to flip-so i arched again and am stable as a rock,
flying still, not moving only arching (IF ONLY there was an automatic opening device set to 5,500f and i could belly fly, flat-stable until it does its job, and i can fly canopy) 'like bad-ass' someone said of my canopy skills -hope that's good... and two more divers telling me they are 'impressed', saying ' -THATS how you fly a perfect approach and landing softly"... thats huge compliments...
but if i cannot pull that chute, i cannot do it.


so, my skydiving 'career' as a future solo student, and A license holder is yet another 'dream'
gone.
as the wind blows,
where it goes
-nobody knows;

I am (they still say I am a 'skydiver', but how does one define that?)
now
again
a tandem passenger (with Angus telling me he was emotional on the way down with his canopy after he had to pull for me at 4,900f!!!! he tried to let me that much.... even though the agreed altitude was 7,000f!! .... he said 'I would be selfish and irresponsible if I allowed this to continue, but I will fly with you until the end of time, always, as you permanent strap on instructor... and your ash dive in the end"... and we cried.)

I believe him-if the best in the world cannot teach me this,'
i cannot do it.
i believe him because i respect him more then any other skydiver i know.

thats the weekend.
but there is a nice surprise he organized for me,
a HUGE one.
he offered to do a tandem 'in a few hrs' he said, and i thought it was only him and me and we would double backflip exit and with him on top of me for the stability, i can even pull, and he said he trusts me completely to fly us in under canopy.

So up we go, and I see that ALL the most experienced jumpers, the best there is, AND my 'eye in the sky' Jeff King, whom i truly have come to learn to care so much for, and a second camera man-Steve, and fuzzy dave (my camera man I was told he would film me)
so we get out, after one back flip, there is NO flips regardless of how much I try.-Angus sure IS stable, I tried to get that second flip but he overpowered me, to keep me stable. smiling at fuzzydave, while the others who all jumped after us. tracked down to....
-little did I know what was to come...

then all of a sudden I see Jeff king, coming up right beside me, and a 30 yrs of skydiving 'skygod' Steve-a camera guy whom I respect also shows up to my right- and my friends, the ones whom i have come to respect, and watch in awe as they train for in swooping, 'freakfly free fliers'-whom i would have become one of.. then canopy pilot experts of our DZ and elsewhere, and am so impressed with their flying... and who i look up to in this sport... ALL gathering around me, in a '9 way' circle with fuzzy dave flying between above us, below us,zooming his camera lens at me smiling like i never have before-seriously- and i was laughing and so so happy i have never felt such happiness...

i know it must be weird, that other events in my life not brought me this kind of happiness as it did, to fly down from 13,500f down to 5,500f with these people, all together everyone smiling and giving 'thumbs up' signs to me.

After we all came down there was group photos, someone ordered Pizza for everyone, and and beer-for people like me Wink, these people whom i so much respect, came up to me at one time or another tonight and told me several things from 'your the bravest person ive ever met', to 'most courageous', to 'you've got more balls then anyone', to 'ive thought of killing myself so many times in my life, and now i see you, and i will always think of this, and how brave you are, if i ever think to do that to myself again... your awesome.. you have NO idea what influence you've just had on my life', to 'you ARE a skydiver ALWAYS'.

what a mix of emotions for one 48 hr period.

-minna
photos:http://www.parachuteschool.com/.../viewtopic.php?t=210


humanflite  (D 99999)

May 27, 2008, 12:42 PM
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Wow.
Talk about INTENSE Crazy

Sounds like you had the best and worst weekend for a long while Minna Smile

it really sucks that you couldnt pull and stay stable :(

but look on the bright side, you sound like youve got a fantastic instructor and a great group of friends at the DZ.
To say you have courage is understating things and I can see why they have found you insparitional Cool

ps// I know of a place in the UK that does paragliding and hangliding for people with similiar injuries to yours.
So there may be other routes available to you to still fly on your own as Im sure the US will have similiar places Tongue


gimpboogie

May 27, 2008, 3:18 PM
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at this link

http://www.parachuteschool.com/...opic.php?p=2048#2048


gimpboogie

May 27, 2008, 3:23 PM
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thanks for the great reply,
means much.

yes well i do still 'fly' on my own
with 12M bow kites Shocked

and that 55 sqf kitewing (kitewing.com to see what it is) -i'm their official 'gimp test pilot' for the kitewing, noone in a chair has flown one as far as the company knows. there are only two of us who even own one, but the other never informed them if he got himself to fly it or not... i flew mine this winter a bit, and summer.. well thats when the fun begins

I've gotten to well over 60f for at least 8 seconds at a time with the 12m one...
its a little more sudden when it comes down sometimes then a parachute is....

thus i said in my intro forum post
that skydiving saves my life because i didn't dare do those other 'flights' then...... when i was trying to learn this,

but now, i can learn more intense sh*t with the other means of flying'
ground launching sounds like fun too!

while i can ride tandem with Angus if i got a bit smashed up doing them,
but i could never have been able to skydive even with a headache, never mind bruises, blood noses and bumps, fracxtures like the other stuff gave me.....

i'll be ok.
i'll fly tandem like mad~!
and fly my other toys now again.


(This post was edited by gimpboogie on May 27, 2008, 3:25 PM)


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

May 27, 2008, 5:31 PM
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You have such a wonderful outlook on life. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. You are truely an inspiration. You live life in a way that so many others never dream of. Keep living well and fly high with Angus.


wmw999  (D 6296)

May 28, 2008, 5:14 AM
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Keep flying. The wing that you use is irrelevant -- your heart is a bird's. Coral DeGagne has a couple hundred tandems, and a USA C license. You're a skydiver. You use different tools.

Wendy W.


Chubba  (A 10160)

May 28, 2008, 11:56 PM
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Quote:
yes well i do still 'fly' on my own
with 12M bow kites
Bow? awwwww Frown

Get yourself a C-kite, mucho power Smile I fly 12m too (Naish Torch 07), you seem like a pretty little bloke (as am I)... got to love being overpowered Cool

I've been following your thread since it started... I'm literally lost for words.


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gimpboogie

May 30, 2008, 7:51 AM
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In reply to:
Quote:
yes well i do still 'fly' on my own
with 12M bow kites
Bow? awwwww Frown

Get yourself a C-kite, mucho power Smile I fly 12m too (Naish Torch 07), you seem like a pretty little bloke (as am I)... got to love being overpowered Cool

I've been following your thread since it started... I'm literally lost for words.


I've felt at a loss for words also.. thanks. Unsure

yup bow its what I strap myself to a windsurf board and get air over the lake in the summers, sledge hockey sled strapped to a snowboard for the winters... yes, at 33 kmph gusting to 66kmph storm that kite grabbed me and flew me on the edge of my world/life for several seconds before i got it under control.


skydiving, yes i would have wanted to continue this.
it is not up to me to decide.
i trust the man who is still my 'instructor', 28 yrs of skydiving and excellent reputation as a skydiver, and TM has no competition against anything i think-want.
he rules. in my books/world.
i will still jump.
i was sent a link to a strong tandem rig which could be used for students with a drogue (link here on DZ dotcom).
yes that I would try in a heart beat,.
but without a TM, or JM it isn't going to help much.
Unsure

thus i can only think of two things left to do,
increase my wing loading on the kites,
go to a 16 and 18 m ones,
tandem dive like a beast, and practice canopy contro;,
start spotting out buildings and antenna's
and plan to jump solo.
really solo. Laugh


Frank  (C 3070)

May 30, 2008, 11:09 AM
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Hey Minna (It's frank from Gan)
It's too bad you have to stop the Aff... But keep on skydiving ! I'm happy I was there for your first solo jump and you really left your mark at our DZ... Thanks for the beer too :) Nice pics from the formation you did BTW,...
I'm sure I'll see ya soon in a plane or in the skies !
«start spotting out buildings and antenna's
and plan to jump solo» ;
I knew you were crazy but you really are crazyer than I tought :)


gimpboogie

May 30, 2008, 4:26 PM
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In reply to:
Hey Minna (It's frank from Gan)
It's too bad you have to stop the Aff... But keep on skydiving ! I'm happy I was there for your first solo jump and you really left your mark at our DZ... Thanks for the beer too :) Nice pics from the formation you did BTW,...
I'm sure I'll see ya soon in a plane or in the skies !
«start spotting out buildings and antenna's
and plan to jump solo» ;
I knew you were crazy but you really are crazyer than I tought :)

Hey Frank,

Yes, I hope to be on the same load with you some day,
flying Angus like a demon, head down....
n practicing that screamin landing the tandem canopy is capable of, if done correct.
It sure starts slow, but builds speed faster...
maybe I can bury a toggle under a heel and do the happy dance as the alti. dives.


No,
I think I just need to get the rig I think of getting,
and learn to fly on my own.
I can fly paragliders fairly well, and the kites and such... never smashed myself up, except in trying to land thigns like a backflip with a motorcross bike (before even learning a superman Pirate ) landing on a truck serves me right!


Hope to jump in Gan again.... you guys have a sweet, clean, nice operation.
well run, and a fun bunch of people.
Next time I know to bring my big plane....
to play while waiting for my tandem ;)



oohh about that building or the antenna,
no, crazy is all of us just for being here in that case.

where does 'crazy' start? Tongue
'Have you ever imagined
what it must be like to jump off a cliff ?
Maybe you have, but more to the point is,
have you ever imagined what makes it possible
for someone to put themselves in that position of
wanting to jump enough, that they themselves now find themselves
at the launch point.
This does not happen by accident.
This is the culmination, the coming together of fantasy, desire,
faith, knowledge, ability, visualisation.
Accepting a challenge of your own design,
a brutal confrontation between ones personal life and
safety and puting ones self out on a limb,
far from the safety we naturally yearn for.' - Chuck

I feel that.
I had hoped to achieve it through skydiving solo.
it turns out not.

so move on to the next thing on the list of things to do before....


ImGunnaJump  (A 37948)

Jun 2, 2008, 12:03 PM
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Minna...you rock, big time!Cool

Your disappoinment w/how the AFF turned out is clear, but remember:

most able bodied people wouldn't dream of
doing a tandem

...so you are waaaaaaay ahead of the game in life.

Fly w/Angus every chance you get: you are a skydiver. Never forget that.Wink


mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Jun 4, 2008, 4:30 PM
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Hey! Did not get a chance to really say hi...

Please say hello to me next time you're at the dropzone, probably during the next Otter boogie at end of June. I'm Mark, supposedly Canada's first licensed deaf skydiver, trained at Gan.

If anyone up here is going to give anybody a chance, it's gonna be Gan. No other dropzones near me responded about taking a deaf guy like me, it was Gan that did. Here I am, successful 49-way at P3 with a hopeful bigway career ahead of me...

Sad to see you won't be able to make it further. Fly tandem and tunnel anyway. Who knows, you may rack up two dozen hours tunnel time. Get people to make you lose control in the tunnel, test distorted body positions, and learning to recover in the tunnel using only your upper body. With a thousand skydives worth of tunnel experience, you never know? Worse comes to worse, the tunnel time is fun anyway and you can just keep doing what you're doing, tandems and canopy, gliding, and more. Smile


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humanflite  (D 99999)

Jun 5, 2008, 10:08 AM
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In reply to:
Hey! Did not get a chance to really say hi...

Please say hello to me next time you're at the dropzone, probably during the next Otter boogie at end of June. I'm Mark, supposedly Canada's first licensed deaf skydiver, trained at Gan.

If anyone up here is going to give anybody a chance, it's gonna be Gan. No other dropzones near me responded about taking a deaf guy like me, it was Gan that did. Here I am, successful 49-way at P3 with a hopeful bigway career ahead of me...

Sad to see you won't be able to make it further. Fly tandem and tunnel anyway. Who knows, you may rack up two dozen hours tunnel time. Get people to make you lose control in the tunnel, test distorted body positions, and learning to recover in the tunnel using only your upper body. With a thousand skydives worth of tunnel experience, you never know? Worse comes to worse, the tunnel time is fun anyway and you can just keep doing what you're doing, tandems and canopy, gliding, and more. Smile

Thats a very good point John

Tunnel Time Mina...

Its not gonna be easy but theres a guy who lostd his legs in an accident whos in the Swedish free fly team so anything is possible Smile


gimpboogie

Jun 10, 2008, 6:02 PM
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In reply to:
Hey! Did not get a chance to really say hi...

Please say hello to me next time you're at the dropzone, probably during the next Otter boogie at end of June. I'm Mark, supposedly Canada's first licensed deaf skydiver, trained at Gan.

If anyone up here is going to give anybody a chance, it's gonna be Gan. No other dropzones near me responded about taking a deaf guy like me, it was Gan that did. Here I am, successful 49-way at P3 with a hopeful bigway career ahead of me...

Sad to see you won't be able to make it further. Fly tandem and tunnel anyway. Who knows, you may rack up two dozen hours tunnel time. Get people to make you lose control in the tunnel, test distorted body positions, and learning to recover in the tunnel using only your upper body. With a thousand skydives worth of tunnel experience, you never know? Worse comes to worse, the tunnel time is fun anyway and you can just keep doing what you're doing, tandems and canopy, gliding, and more. Smile

I was hoping to get down there for the boogie coming up on the long weekend but I need to check out where my strap on is going to be first... and folllow him, unless Will is willing to take me on a tandem at Gan. Maybe asking Tom n Will about that if it is a potentiality for me.....
Thanks for the good advice and kind words.

I felt so comfortable with you all there, to jump there.

The wind tunnels are a place I cannot go.
It is a place where anyone who has issues with things such as catheters, cannot go into wind tunnels.
especially ones with recirculating air.
I guess it isn't a total impossibility, with a full face helmet, depends, and duct tape at the wrists and ankles.. lol

seriously, I needed to get out of the tunnel my trip there came to an end short due to these issues.
But it is totally understandable from the tunnels perspective.

Anyways,
so no tunnel flying is never going to be an option for me.
It's in the air or not at all.

I flew with Angus this Sun. Waited for 2 days to get in 2 dives, was worth every moment of it. Thankfully I got the dives in, because my body was starting to burn from the inside out, like it sometimes does (nerve pain) within minutes of landing that dive... I was not debriefed before my teeth were chattering from the pain. But that was my last dive, by then regardless of wether the pain was going to stop me or not. Then I took some medication. I wont even bring to the DZ the perscription medications, only tylenol ones with 8 mg codeine for me on diving days, at the end of the day.


I really truly am hoping to come to dive in Gan. It might work out. I'd like to come there this summer for sure.


Diving with Angus this time was not the same. I felt some level of insecurity of how my lower body seemed to feel like it was dragging us down, and we could not accomplish the backflip exit we used to be able to do (when my legs were tied at the knees), we just sort of wobbled around until Angus had grabbed my legs with his feet and then we sort of flipped after that.
I feel my upper body pitching upwards when I try to move my arms to pull. I have a slow wave off response now under these conditions, it takes me 1,000f of alt. to get from the wave off till we are under an open canopy. It used to be 500f quite serious difference with the knee's tied together or not *and no leg braces of any sort*.
I don't like the way it feels, but until I'm told to change that, I'm going to have to try to learn to like it.

I did notice a HUGE difference in how well I could execute the 360 turns after the tunnel as to compared to before the tunnel.

Also canopy control is getting better, now i was able to do a nice gentle stand up landing for Angus and a gentle sit down for me.

I liked my own landings better, although they were all butt slide ones. I felt comfortable with them.

I still hold hope that I could revive this project somehow....
but really see no other options at this point for me to
fly alone except for looking for places to jump off myself.


For now,I am far away from that possibility.
For now, I am enjoying flying the canopy, and becoming more aware in FF so that should be good... enough.... for now..... i guess.....Unsure
got a 48" pilot chute sent my way....,.,
Pirate
and an invitation to go live an hour away from my favorite mountain near Whistler....
but that is not what was on my plans....
I am not leaving here yet.
Tongue


humanflite  (D 99999)

Jun 11, 2008, 11:36 AM
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Ahh gotchya on the tunnel time.
Thats a real PITA.

but never mind. You can still focus on the jumps with Angus and see where they take you..

Out of interest was the accident that left you in a wheelchair from a motocrosser? I may have misread that but Im curious to know as I used to race a lot of motocross and know a few good friends who have been badly injured.
one is now quadraplegic sadly.


gimpboogie

Jul 9, 2008, 5:24 AM
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the jumps with Angus are going places.
landings are getting better,

and if all goes well a few exciting new developments will arise...

with confidence in it all working out,
I will trudge ahead with newfound determination and desire to finish this project.

keeping you posted, once things are finalized and settled and I have a positive move forward to report.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jul 9, 2008, 5:31 AM
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Hey Mina, That is great to hear. I am so glad you're finding a way to continue your oddessey in the sky.
Pat


gimpboogie

Jul 10, 2008, 12:19 PM
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In reply to:
Ahh gotchya on the tunnel time.
Thats a real PITA.

but never mind. You can still focus on the jumps with Angus and see where they take you..

Out of interest was the accident that left you in a wheelchair from a motocrosser? I may have misread that but Im curious to know as I used to race a lot of motocross and know a few good friends who have been badly injured.
one is now quadraplegic sadly.

yah there was a motorcross accident yrs back,
landed on a truck,
3 wks in a coma and on it went from there.,


this one,
its ALS. Lou Gehrig's disease
that's trying to take me now.

I'll fly away, it can't catch me.


gimpboogie

Aug 9, 2008, 6:12 AM
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My son Mikael turned 18 last month,
so it seemed like a fitting way to celebrate;
when he asked for a skydive for himself and his dad, his best friend and I to be on the same caravan load.

Thanks to Adam mabee of Parachute school of Toronto, this was possible on July 26th 2008.

Mika, accompanied by both his parents, and his best friend jumped with TM Chad Leslie (whom we have initiated into the "gimp FF team" by doing a tandem with me), while his dad jumped with "Toronto Bill". I with Angus Smith, and Derek with TM Juan from 13,500f
out the Grand Caravan-"The Little Girl" piloted by Jason with Jeff King on video.

This is a part of skydiving that is unbelievably cool,
being able to jump with your family, celebrating family occasions.

A great weekend to pick for his celebration,
the 25 yr reuinion of PST jumpers was vastly attended by skydivers from around the world,
giving Mika a small taste of this new world opened up to him.

Happy Birthday Buddy, Blue Skies for ever,
-mom
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gimpboogie

Aug 9, 2008, 7:05 AM
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Skydiving is ever evolving, and new ideas fueled by determination to see a larger paraplegic skydiving feat accomplished some day .... has pushed me to try a different way to skydiving solo.

I did the FJC emergency procedures section again, and showed to Angus and Adam that I can go out there as someones dope-on-a-rope.

so it is now, I am cleared on the static line to move to TTO's.

Strange skydiving progression I have.
with more then 35 skydives, and over 21 min FF time I'm NOW getting into the TTO's. LOL

(this is review after review.. and I love every dive of it Sly )
when I can get a modified left pull container repacked I will try to get some FF time back under me.
(the gear I need had a reserve ride and now there will be two of us shifting between a solo 270 and a 190 main in that container.... I'm going to have to be extra careful, for I wouldn't want to open to the 190!)


Done tons of static line dives now, just to keep jumping and creep those jump numbers up-hopefully next time I go to the DZ the gear is ready and Adam n I can start practicing how fast we can manage the main canopy shuffle.

Am determined to jump all summer and autumn and see what that brings. Focussing on accuracy landings and the last 900f of the dive.

Finally had my first messy line twists
(induced by myself-I slipped out of the plane while trying to set up to launch myself)
- the lines were just a long braid of twists.
Nice to realize the EP's kicking in, as checked for my handles and started to untwist kept my eye on the alti.
All fit in place as planned and my neptune recorded 8 secs of FF off that static line before the twists came out and the canopy over me was beautifully under control.
(all the other static line jumps it records zero secs of FF).

Have had no troubles after figuring out how to fit the harness main lift webbing properly (I was sort of hanging loose in the harness the first few times... with the chest strap pushing my chin up to restrict my head movement.)-glad I had that figured out before the line twists-that would have been uncomfortable.

Landing on my own, I still have a tendency to 'hover over my target and drop into it'.... i realized it on a no wind day last weekend.
I want to work on that one,
for it is the key to my success as a skydiver-landing properly.

butt slide landings are working well, (like I said when I do not hover over the target and drop myself on it)
and I am starting to learn from my canopy...
I had fun playing with the risers last weekend while getting to know my canopy better.

thought to share a pic of Angus now that he's lost his strap on student he's back to reading the 'tandem skydiving for dummies' book.


oohh yah, i guess here's update photos to share...
me flying free over PST!

Photos taken by my friend Dmitry Rudchenko


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gimpboogie

Aug 9, 2008, 8:25 AM
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Aug 6th 2007 ANGUS SMITH from PST took me for my 1st skydive
- a tandem.

The week there after, he agreed to help me learn to sky dive, and the journey began....for me to learn to skydive as a paralyzed athlete without any prior skydiving experience.

By the fall of 2007, in 2 months we were able to get 9 tandem dives in and plans were under way for the next yrs progression.

During the winter Will McCarthy our rigger built these 'gimp FF pants', which we initally built around the model of Peter Hewitt's pants (SA) designed around ideas proposed by Tonto when Peter was his AFF student.

Angus was in contact with the Skyventure wind tunnel franchisee, and two generous offers of tunnel time came forward. Skyventure NH was determined to become our testing grounds for the 'gimps in FF'; project we had trampled upon.

Angus' friend and TM, videographer, and coach_ Dave Hatherley joined the group and after harness hanging and testing our equiptment we did a few pre-jump tandems with Angus and FuzzyDave on our way to NH to the tunnel, spring 2008. There I was gifted with a great tunnel instructor, tunnel time to determine my FF capabilities, and some fime for my daughter to enjoy this FF environment for the first time.


!st AFF, and Stsatic line dives were accomplished and despite a chance in plans to needing to hold off on the FF component until later, this year has proven it to be possible to teach a paraplegic to skydive.

This was a HUGE FEAT if the SKYDIVING COMMUNITY,
for DZO's such as Adam Mabee and Tom McCarthy gave me the opportunity to jump, riggers, a world class canopy accuracy pilot, tamdem masters, coaches, tunnel owners and instructors, videographers and jump masters have helped make this all possible.
Also, without the help of any of these individuals along the way, this project would not have reached to these proportions to date.

Without any of these peoples help, from the first tandem on to the tunnel instruction, the first AFF's and static lines, this "paraplegics in flight" (affectionately known as the "gimps in FF") project would have been grounded. I do not have the ability otherwise to live in this realm where my vision brings me.. to fly the skies with this elite group of people who find themselves here in the blue skies.

Thus this is a story of what the skydiving community has accomplished in a year.

It was places such as here, people whom Angus reached out to, such as TK, Tonto, and FuzzyDave to mention merely a few DZ.COMers who had input, gave help and offered of themselves.

Then came the general skydivers, follks here, the skydiversnetwork and at my DZ PST who joined in making this poissible. Jeff King was the first guy to join our little group of adventurers on the ALS trails, as journey on to find ways to keep me motivated to stay alive long enough to see a big vision, a dream I have come to pass. That dream is yet to arrive, but one day I want to see a paralyzed skydiver demo accuracy into the opening ceremonies of the olympic and paralympic games. to show the world we can, and that no dream is too big..., we make our desires reality, if others tell us our desires are not reality.

Jeff came to join us with video each time we asked, and he still journeys with me. Luckily we will be jumping together sometime in the future again for another first, and perhaps many more.

All aspects of the skydiving community, internationally, became involved, gave of themselves, their resources, invested time, energy and effort into this.
Through this, our lives have been for ever changed and enriched. My new circle of friends cares for me and my kids.... Angus came in a snowstorm to my bedside when I was in critical care, to see me and remind me of life yet to live, it was enough to wake me up n save me.... my daughter got to travel to the USA, to Boston, went to Cheers (learned what Cheers meant to us old folks!), came to the tunnel, was there for the 1st AFF (thats enough for me, of my kids watching me jump... that needs not happen again), and flew in the tunnel herself. My son had his 18th birthday celebrated by having tandems with his dad, best friend and mom in the same plane with him... all of us for a family tandem! These are ALL experiences that came only because skydivers gave of themselves and joined in to celebrate life and living with us.


This first yr of this project has seen a paralyzed skydiver doing a AFF dives, static line dives, and tandem progression dives having come into the sport without prior skydiving experience. The next yr, I hope to develop accuracy canopy skills and expand my reportoir of canopy piloting and jumping experiences.
Having been flying with the kitewing, and 12m kites, expanding the canopy flight portion seems natural progression for me now.

FF is a desire yet to be fullfilled completely.
If also feels as integral to a dive, as air and bread to a human.
the 4 FF solo dives I did, (with 50+ secs of FF), were accompanied with one or two instructors, and did not fullfill the requirements for my expectations.

The FF section of this project is on hold at this time until I figure out the leg stability issues and the deployment stability concerns. Noticing that I physically do not have the range of motion to pull with my right hand without twisting at the torso-pulling my left shoulder down and into a barrel roll-helped me-because now I can focus on trying with my left hand and FF is again a potential in my future. This will be determined fairly soon this second year.


This 1st year was celebrated with numerous cases of beer, at two DZ's and continues to recruit into the 'gimp FF team" new tandem masters willing to push their limits and flying with me. This challenge has been first taken (didn't I tell you there are lots of 1sts, and lots of beer in this story) up by Chad Leslie at PST as the next tandem master after Angus to have learned to fly with gimps in Freefall.

Three areas of interest has come forward.

1) seeing more possibilities for individuals with disabilities to skydive, through not only public aweareness but actual contact with others who now are in the process of arranging a skydive for themselves.

2) progression in the teaching methodology for adaptive skydiving. As members of the coaching association of Canada, CSPA is mandated to provide accessibility within the sport. This it has allready done by having deaf skydivers competing and participating in all levels of our sport. Their desire to further this potential has been shown, and the progression made here, documented can be a template for an adaptive skydiving certificate with restrictions (i.e. focussing on canopy control rather then FF components) in the future. The sport itself can be revolutionized to involve tunnel training/competing events for individuals with varying levels of paralysis (our ability to sky dive is proven by a few paralyzed skydivers and I hope to be proving that skydiving is a sport that can be taught to a paralyzed individual who has never been in the skydiving environment. Some have pointed out that having the knowledge of skydiving prior to paralysis somehow helps those skydivers regain their ability to dive. If that is the case, then having someone as myself skydiving should provide some incentive to further consider the potential for others with paralysis to dive solo.

3) shattering of myths/shifting of paradigms.
Yes society is progressing, thinking is shifting and people accept women in authority roles, visible minorities in professions, and gimps in free fall! Sly
It is understood more often now then ever before that we (individuals with disabilities, or as some of us affectionately call ourselves 'gimps')
can do just about anything we want to do, and usually that means we change the equiptment we play with and we all fit in the same sandbox/blueskies.


year one completed with tandem gimps flying freely solo in the blue skies and moving on to year two with the desire to expand upon this base. Wink


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mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Aug 11, 2008, 10:39 AM
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Hey,

Why don't you submit this to Canpara and/other other skydiving magazines (Just make sure you get someone to translate to French if you submit to CanPara, they seem short in French translators for our 43% of skydivers being francophones)

Copy and paste your post into Microsoft Word, do some edits, and submit for the magazine.

This is an interesting journey that should probably be documented in some magazine...

P.S. As far as I know, I think I'm Canada's first licensed deaf skydiver. (Amongst those born deaf, at least). I have not been able to find any precedent of people before myself in Canada, although there are plenty of U.S. deaf skydivers.


gimpboogie

Aug 14, 2008, 9:14 AM
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In reply to:
Hey,

Why don't you submit this to Canpara and/other other skydiving magazines (Just make sure you get someone to translate to French if you submit to CanPara, they seem short in French translators for our 43% of skydivers being francophones)

Copy and paste your post into Microsoft Word, do some edits, and submit for the magazine.

This is an interesting journey that should probably be documented in some magazine...

P.S. As far as I know, I think I'm Canada's first licensed deaf skydiver. (Amongst those born deaf, at least). I have not been able to find any precedent of people before myself in Canada, although there are plenty of U.S. deaf skydivers.


Hi,

Are you coming to the provincials @ PST Aug 22-24?
free food and beer to competitors.
Angus and Fuzzy will be there.. Sly

Anyway.. there was a woman from our DZ who said she wrote up something, and sent it to CANPARA...
who knows if they think its interesting enough.. I mean how many students are they learning to skydive, and whom would you publish if you did.. propably someone who did something spectacular in skydiving... certainly not me.

having said that, i am going to start communication with CSPA regarding an adapted A licencing option with restrictions (*i.e. all static lines, no FF, and focussing on canopy control and landings.. they are tricky enough for a paralyzed skydiver to learn well.... not there yet, and have done 30 self controlled landings.
the standing up folks are better in their landings by 30 dives then i am at consistently sliding in nice and low).

I think your the only deaf Canadian skydiver also. It is you whom I refer to, when I say that CSPA allready is endorsing skydiving within the community of folks with disabilities... as an amputee or two are also skydiving in Quebec and Lonnie is licenced and paralyzed in Canada.. so there is me to try to get into the ranks of acquiring the A as the gimp chick who learned also, and we'd have everyone but the blind guy in our Canadian 'gimp 4 way team'.

There's potential.. for events once enough folks start skydiving..
that isn't going to happen until there is a program instructors can follow, have preferrably someone like Lonnie, Peter, you, me, ?,?,...
to personally teach the instructors on how to learn to communicate, move around in the plane and in the air, and what differences we have for equiptment (if any) so instructors have had a chance to see it all happen by and with someone who is 'disabled' and familiarize themselves prior to having to teach others.

I am greatful that Angus, Dave, and all my JM's etc. have always treated me like any other skydiver, although I must admit they all took great care, and have heard someone say they have never seen Angus so intense, so focussed and 'serious' then my first AFF.
and the poor guy endured the other 3 more... all of which i either flipped on him, or was about to and he pulled for me to get me under a canopy and put an end to the FF. Angus gave more of himself then anyone has ever done.. in my life... for my life.

So, how about it, join Fuzzy, Angus and I on the Provincials weekend?
how can we miss an event that took 8 yrs in the making...

Wink


humanflite  (D 99999)

Aug 30, 2008, 4:43 PM
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gimpboogie

I have to say, after reading your posts and following your journey//

Angus truly is a legend Cool (and the other instructors and staff who helped you along)

I mean, the AFFis at my DZ would no way in the wide world EVER entertain taking someone with lowerlimb paralysis on an AFF1!

Not because they are nasty people or 'chicken' or indeed that they lack the AFFi skills to do so.
As they certainly dont and are pretty much all very experienced with 3000 jumps minimum and all over 1000 AFF jumps Crazy

I asked them if they would do it and they said it was 'too risky, for the AFFis and the student'
Tandem is all we could do in this situation.

SO it just goes to show how Angus and anyone else prepared to AFFi on a similar jump, how much they are giving both to the sport, and the student (in this case you)!

its great that you realise and appreciate it too CoolSmile


gimpboogie

Sep 1, 2008, 7:48 PM
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In reply to:
...

Angus truly is a legend Cool (and the other instructors and staff who helped you along)
....
Angus and anyone else prepared to AFFi on a similar jump, how much they are giving both to the sport, and the student (in this case you)!

its great that you realise and appreciate it too CoolSmile

You are absolutely correct. Angus, having been skydiving for over 20 yrs, took on this project because he said he is up for a challenge, and he cares ``not just wether θlive or die but HOW I¸live``

If it was up to me, I would think Angus (and the others who helped) should receive some recognition for having contributed to this sport in a HUGE way.
They truly are pioneers in trying something totally new (As far as I know I am the only person who jumps paralyzed who never did skydive before the paralysis... Lonnie, Russell and Peter all had skydiving experience before their paralysis)

I AM extremely fortunate. I know of only Tonto who has taught a paralyzed person to skydive
(he taught Peter Hewitt who had 17 skydives before he broke his back skydiving and came a year later to learn with Tonto-Peter now has over 100 skydives-obviously most of them as a paralyzed person)
To this day, each time I dive I blow a kiss to Tonto, whom I never had the opportunity to meet or talk to before we lost him (Blue skies for ever Tonto-your my hero!)

It may be that one other instructor in the USA is or was willing to try this.. when we went to the wind tunnel in April Angus and I were talking about this.


Infact, I agree that it is dangerous to try this
(I am thinking specifically of situations such as Chris Colwell from Deland who became paralyzed in an AFF accident -he went head down to catch-save his student.. who was completely able bodied)and Chris became paralyzed chest down as a result.
Every time I think of my 3rd AFF dive where I flipped back to ground and Angus was coming to catch me to help flip me over-the look on his face was not just serious.. but concern-worry. That look will always stay with me.

I care for Angus and Adam (my DZO) (and the `reputation` of this sport for that matter) much more then I care about me personally skydiving.
As someone said, it is bad enough when any skydiver goes in, but it is more alarming to the general public-and the USPA-CSPA etc. if someone like myself bounces. In order to not negatively impact this sport, it is my duty to be as careful as I possibly can.

Last time I was at the DZ I was to get on a load, while surely I wanted to go for a dive, I decided against it because I had a headache... I do not want anything to extend the risks... I`ve seem skydivers grab an Advil prior to diving and it is their business but for me, I will not dive unless I feel `perfectly fine`. I promised Angus and Adam this.

Angus is truly much more then a coach-AFF instructor-TM etc. to me -he is a person whom I respect deeply, and love dearly (no not that kind of love Wink that I hope to never see him so concerned again-ever.


Having said that, I fully believe that some of us para`s are capable of skydiving solo and propably most- (my guess) are not.

As it is in my case currently, I do not know if I ever will get off the static line (I`m supposed to do my TTO`s next) and after that surely my DZO and Angus will seriously assess wether I should get off the static line. one of my JM`s said that he is afraid of letting me off the static line -and I do not blame him.

As Angus said, that even tandems with paralyzed people are a very different situation then with able bodied individuals, and every JM, TM, coach etc. must seriously consider wether they are willing to take the risk. For the majority surely the answer would be NO. Such an answer must be respected deeply, for no one should be harrassed, pressured into doing this.


Having said that, currently I do not know what will be next for me in skydiving after these TTO`s are done-wether I am going to get to try freefall again, or if Angus and the DZO decide that I will remain on the static line. In either case, I respect them tremendously and will always.... for they have done more then ever dreamed of allready.

Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts...
yes Angus IS a legend
(infact the video that gets shown to skydivers learning to become TM`s where they share various malfunctions-Angus is in one... he dealt with a situation where the tandem students legs were wrapped around the pilot chute-or the drogue-I do not remember which)

-minna


gimpboogie

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My 'renegade 'friends and I had some tandem formation fun...

here's the link to the video (FuzzyDave was the video flyer for this-thanks!)

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=9GfJ9Q8x-88


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Sep 8, 2008, 8:30 AM
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CoolCoolCool It's great to see you having fun.


humanflite  (D 99999)

Sep 8, 2008, 5:33 PM
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In reply to:
My 'renegade 'friends and I had some tandem formation fun...

here's the link to the video (FuzzyDave was the video flyer for this-thanks!)

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=9GfJ9Q8x-88

Excellent Smile
Glad to see your having fun Cool


gimpboogie

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skydiving:

one can have an accident, become 'gimped', go in...
in life one can get terminally ill, have a sudden life changing moment in other ways-stroke, cancers, kidney failure, alcohol poisonings on and on it goes.

Skydiving for me, had some dips there along the way.
couldn't stay stable in FF at time to deploy not to flip upside down.
luckily it was accepted that I can go on the static line
(and since my first 10 secs of FF always were good-exits on heading, arched, etc. only once did he have to tell me adjust body position (*hips down*

we knew I can be in FF for a certain amount of time before the backsliding induced by the legs would become enough to start creating issues..., the fact that I physically cant reach behind myself to deploy on the right also certainly was a ... big factor... lol

ok, so static lines were great.
yah you read it -were.

since thelast time i was at the DZ (doing that downwind landing Crazy )-and weas so 'fine'....
i've become unable to swallow anything.

yes, anything-my own spit i'd rather let it hang out like a dog rather then swallow-but my dignity still has the power to force me to try to swallow it. Frown


Last week Friday it had been 10 days that I was able to swallow a total of 1/2 can of liquids-ensure.
became so dehydrated that i need to get the nurse to insert a IV 24/7 drip of electrolites and yesterday a feeding tube up my nose
(yah brings new meaning to "up yours"! in my vocabulary)


I guess I'm not a quitter, and an ididot if I think...
maybe i cant static line right now (who am I kidding this sh*t will come off when I've left this corpse that I now drag around).

maybe these are too many "snag points" and maybe the IV (it should be gone by the weekend so I will have the nose tube still) or feeding tube can become a safety threat in exit, or deployment.


damn -maybe i'm right, and not projecting the worse case scenaruio and this is nothing to stop me from skydiving....
just maybe, my 'fears' are real enough that others would feel them too...
perhaps...

i will jump with ANgus.

I talked to him on the phone at his work, before going to get the tube in....

(not often I call him at work)
he said (with sadness in his voice Frown -I'm so sorry ANgus my dear friend for causing you sadness])
"we all knew this was coming"
after he first said:
"thatIS sad".


Sweet Angus n Dave

thank you for EVERYTHING you guys made happen.... Cool Crazy

I'll be at the DZ this weekend kus of skydiving.

My friend and video flyer, and a DECENT, smart young man had his brake line torn up.broke on flaring (he slies fiarly highly loaded, and is a good flyer on FF and under canopy-- many skydiving skills he has,., there was not enough time to do anything about it 3 seconds, never mind the 1 second he had,


My friend Jeff has a broken femur, titanium is in place now,....

Jeff is on all our minds, for we are family at the DZ at PST.
WE are having a party with proceeds going to help jeff (its tough to pay your bills when video flying is your job, n you'll be laid up for months before you can jump-again).

well...

im here,
alive n relkatively well.
maybe there is something better for me,
this i have to believe
staying positive is so much better then to sulk n grieve
-I learned that from Chris Colwell.

so... until the next "special" jump comes along....

cya,
-minna


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wmw999  (D 6296)

Sep 9, 2008, 3:32 PM
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You take my breath away.

Wendy W.


mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Oct 1, 2008, 5:46 PM
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A 3-page article spread with 4 full color photographs has been published in CanPara about Minna (gimpboogie). CanPara is Canada's skydiving magazine.

Very nice article and congratulations to Chelsea Loney for the initiative of writing this article!

I hope that you have a copy of CanPara well on your way to you but if you do not, let me know, and I'd like to make sure an extra copy is sent to you!


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ImGunnaJump  (A 37948)

Oct 3, 2008, 1:11 PM
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My thoughts and prayers are with you!


gimpboogie

Nov 8, 2008, 6:54 AM
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o,,
so im used to this nose feeding tube.

the IV comes and goes.
(currently on again).

learnt to jump with the nose tube,

funny thing is, it withstands head down terminal speeds
but when i am asleep, ive pulled it out by accident.
sp

yes, head down, did three of those.

the 1st one, things were great, and it sort of did not work for many seconds because i had positioned the leg straps too low, not permitting my legs to go completely straight-which is what they needed to be for the head down portion of the FF,
2nd time i had leg straps correct, but i think my legs themselves -or...-
caused the head down to sort of start carving out of it, then with correction another 3 secs or so was gained back in head down before carving like a plane -felt like i imagine a turn to be like in delta position... then stability, and tyime for more excercises before deployment @ 5,500f...

its been a good season diving, despite the crazy medical situations-most so insanely disgusting i wouldnt share them here...

but, now ive got Peter Hewittès beautifully kept, almost NEW (110 jumps on main, n no reserve rides), with some sweet mods!

so... jumping i need to do...
this winter, till i find a way to escape to a warmer US or Mexican DZ, i will battle cold at PST, and when i can find a place warm enough i can sleep in a tent @ DZ, when i go on a family trip, with my daughter there, to live out a couple of months n jump n see local area for some homeschooling for my daughter...

something like that.


humanflite  (D 99999)

Nov 8, 2008, 9:05 AM
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Good one!
keep up the good work Minna Wink


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Nov 8, 2008, 4:20 PM
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Head down!! Wow!! I've tried it once without much success. I lerned to arch too well, I guess. lol I am so glad to see you still jumping. I'm looking for warmer places to jump this winter too. Maybe our paths will cross. Keep jumping as long as you can and keep letting us know haw you are doing. Pat


teamshred  (D 422)

Nov 9, 2008, 10:09 AM
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Well check out the manual I made to help get para's and other disabled to a solo postion combining tandems wind tunnel and PFF/AFF so go here
http://www.jagworksdesign.com/html/Para%20Manul%20opening%20page.htm
or look up Adaptive skydiving on facebook
Rod Mack D-422
My history: http://www.jagworksdesign.com/html/R%20Mack%20Skydive%20History.htm


gimpboogie

Nov 13, 2008, 6:08 AM
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ne 2.arched too much,
so legs were coming more forward (towards a movement of lifting knees up towards body) and not giving a good head down.
that was due to the way iu had strapped on my leg straps.

being self supervised, ive done two mistakes-one critical-left my AAD OFF, DZO did a gear check (after an instructo5r allready did one also-so we both missed the AAD being off)m
DZO boticed-and now I have a strict routine for AAD ON check during my gear check-once is not enough-to check it-i will check it as often as i need to-to remember that i did-so.,...


yah head down takes a lot more prep. work from the skydiver then typical head down with able bodied divers.

my leg straps were ok the next two dives, and the one turned out to be a great-long head down eating up over 4,000f of altitude-before carvng out of it-and it was all head down.. no slipping off that time.

it's a skill i do not expect to have as one used often,
but certainly want to know how it works-basically-literally if i fall out of the plane without a door-i do not want to end up head down and not know what to do-or how to do it at all.


yah, i need warm places.
one that is kid friendly enough that my 15 yr old-a wise girl who has no problem sitting in the car instead of hanging out with people she dont want to hang out with... so.. she needs a place that is respectable during the days and nghts id like to take her out of there-as well as some days send her to shop or do something.

warm place, and comforts for my daughter-i can otherwise go live in a tent on a dz if it was just me,.

wany suggestions for warm places to jump this winter,
and ones affordeable (hotels and such are out of our league-we will bus it, or use train to get there and public transit once there-)
;
let me know, i think the gimp FF tour needs to start
by training with a goal in mind,
for the future and someone like Dale can take over and go to the olympic opening ceremonies demo jump \
but in the meantime,
someone has to be training, to keep it going...
so i will train for some accuracy jumps.
been looking at a lot of training camps,
most are geazared to either FF skills, RW skills or something special like flocking....

so also looking for some good and experienced accuracy canopy piots.
pure accuracy.

i better leave the swooping to those with 1000's of jumps Cool


mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Nov 13, 2008, 11:02 AM
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Hey,

I continue to be impressed at your persistence in keeping up.

You may be more stubborn than I am. For me, in trying to get better at bigways. Essentially trying to make it to 500-Way World Record on a limited budget by going to as many bigway camps and invitationals as I can afford! I'm now in 100-way camp league / 50-way invitational league -- still working my way up the ladder. My next event is the 40-way invitational Dec 27-30 at Z-Hills.

The World Record typically requires jumpers be over 1000 jumps and I'll try to reach that by the time that event happens, but I figure if I jump bigways as my primary discipline...


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gimpboogie

Nov 16, 2008, 4:55 AM
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lol,
persistance-thats a polite way to put it Wink
usually they just say stubborn.

big ways.
that is so far up the ladder for me,
and with my medical condition i do not think i will see that.
i know i can jump this winter,
providing it is a place that i can tolerate being in,
winter jumping up here at pst is a bit scetzy when we have to worry about -20c plus wind chill....

big ways that is impressive for sure.
and lots of practice discipline and that

determination Wink
so.. i do have the confidence that you can do it,
as other goals you set for yourself.

i noticed with Angus,
he kept his love for the sport
as his primary objective when he was jumping for fun
and not work..and at work he is the most professional one ive met-as in safe, knows what he is doing, and -well is epic-as my daughter determines he is-
his fun jumps focus on the bigger formations, and other FF fun, but while landing he doenst come in like a screaming deamon, although i know he could-better then anyone other then randy.

so..i guess the lesson there is to stick to doing what you know you can... and focus on that discipline-sure learn the rest, canopy control, accuracy etc.but focussing on your main love for the sport, seems to help in keeping those who dive for long time-doing so.
29 yrs is a long time.


big ways, if i was of the position in my life,
that i could participate in big ways,
then i would work towards it.

i had one jump with another very accomplished jumper and my coach.
my job was to do 360 circles, dock, circle around the other way to dock again and break off at 6,000 .
it was one of the most memorable-important jumps of my life.

alone with my wakep-funeral we had the other week,
(i figured, hey, if im going to pay for the party, i will be there to party with them-so Nov 1st was my -dead mans party- and the most important guest, arrived-and put himself through a lot of trouble and sleepless nights to make it happen.
that is true love for not only the sport, but the people.
his last jump of the season was with me 0his 400th this season- and his 1st jumps of the season were with me also-thats cool.

so now that my funeral is over and done with....
(thanks to my special gues who arrived-was there-you will always be in my heart -for everything Angus).


now, i go out there and learn some safety skills,
learning how to turn as the canopy opens, with it, if it is twisted is just a safety skill as far as im concerned-even if my log book states
;excellent door position, excellent arch, exited backwards, watching opening;
a little strange to do a èblind man out the door-
but yah...
i focus on some safety skills, accuracy is the name of the game for me.
and preparedness for a lower altitude dive.
because i dont have a lot of time left for a reserve ride if i end up out the door at 3 grand.
almost better to have all canopies packed like reserves, and learn quick toggle grab on openings, watching opening sequence to be able to stay with the canopy-on heading to it-and on toggles to turn asap...
just skills i can try to work on for now....

peters rig is here and jumping it will happen soon, got to get an AAD for it first-but have some feedback-very positive from one of our instructors who did a hop n pop

so, even though flocking, big ways and swooping are out for me...
it matters not
accuracy is fun
and low altitude jumps cant be beat.
by anything other then freeflying- for me


gimpboogie

Dec 10, 2008, 5:42 AM
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Ist test flight of my new gear.

giving her the gears trying to trash her a bit was the purpose of this flight....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwOzDgPDfXc

she flies well, has an AAD ASTRA, and is now ready to keep flying.

Winter diving, is going to be attempted here....
and its happening, slowly on warmer days with still a lot of prep work.

winter diving as a paraplegic is VERY DIFFERENT then summer diving.

1) OFF DZ LANDINGS COULD KILL FROM EXPOSURE.
if I land off by far, it could take 1 to 3 hrs before my DZ can get to me, to get me out.
Preparing to stay warm upon landing is the key here.

I jump with extremely warm clothing to begin with, and focus on the lower extremities for warmth-i cant tell how cold exactly my body is getting-when it is cold.
that is a big concern to watch for in the winter.


my jumping kit-yes, i must jump with some -gear- regardless of this not being a typical recommendation for students.

i must always have a cell phone, hot packs that you squeeze to make them warm, a solar blanket and two large black garbage bags.

My procedure for landing off DZ.
Which i have never had to use-yet.
but this is what i would do.
This is NOT A MANUAL OR RECOMMENDATIONS, but rather sharing what I do... if it gives you some ideas to think on..great.

UPON LANDING:
1) Call my DZ, tell them where I am. my compass coordinates will help, and I have a Suunto watch with alti, n compass. My cell also has the GPS locator function turned ON, so if i am seriously lost or injured, i can be found by EMS personnel.. make sure you cell has this function turned on, if you have it.

2) stay dry and warm as much as possible.
immediately on landing, after checking i am ok, place canopy in one large black garbage bag and tie it closed with twist ties.
Place container in the other black bag n tie it closed.

This will keep my gear from soaking in the moisture from the snow, AND provides a larger black target to look for me.

3) crack open the warmth packs, place one in each boot, each mitt, under helmet to keep head warm and if i have extra keep them incase people cannot find me soon.

4) IF I can see i am in a location where it will take a while to get to me, take out the solar blanket, and cover myself with it. Also, if there is blowing snow, cover myself with it regardless.. it will be a better reflective target to look for me and keeps the snow from blowing over me.

try to stay small, to preserve body heat. Typically in the summer, I would want to stay large-(and my garbage bags should be orange not green or black) but now i would stay small for heat conservation and leave the spotting aid to the black bags and reflection off the solar blanket.


Also, I NEVER GET ON 1ST OR LAST LOAD.
I want to watch the first couple of loads to see how the winds behave, at different levels etc.

I also never want to be in the last load, for sundown comes fast and reflective blankets, lights or not, if I land off DZ, i am in potential life threatening situation by being out there somewhere in the dark and not be able to get up and walk to a road.



I hope some of that made sense, to all jumpers in the winter and those with ANY mobility issues I hope you come up with a clear and concise safety plan for winter jumping, and share it with your fellow jumpers, DZO and instructors so every one knows your plan.

stay safe, have fun and jump in the winter!
you fly faster the air is cooler!Sly


as an addition
IF I EVER was to find myself out there when it got dark,
I would hope i remembered to bring my green glow sticks and flashing LED head lamp. The green helps spotters see distinguish me from cars or stationary lights from houses, and the flashing steady location light -me- hopefully helps to distinguish me from moving vehicles with flashers.. Im not sure what else would help, but my main concern would be to be seen from afar, -good light weight light- and be easier to distinguished from other objects.


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gimpboogie

Dec 11, 2008, 1:22 PM
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some changes, on recommendations from one of my coaches, and the airport owner-operator where our DZ is located
- regarding:

In reply to:
Preparing to stay warm upon landing is the key here.


i must always have a ... and two large black garbage bags.


UPON LANDING:

2) stay dry and warm as much as possible.
immediately on landing, after checking i am ok, place canopy in one large black garbage bag and tie it closed with twist ties.
Place container in the other black bag n tie it closed.

***ADDITIONS-CHANGES BELOW***

The ORANGE bags are BETTER.
VISIBILITY IS BETTER.

ALSO SOUND CARRIES FARTHER, USE WHISTLE.

It was suggested that winter or summer, using a Fox40 safety whistle is a good idea, it carries farther then me yelling, and it does not get tired and worn out like my voice will.
Wearing something Orange is not a bad idea.

Sure, this is not a fashion affair,
or else i would be on a different runway...
but safety and comfort are keys to skydiving wear.
then comes weather appropriate in there with the safety category.

Winter diving wearing ORANGE like hunters, is a good idea.
If even a orange vest to put on when you need it, (along with those hotpacks to keep me warm) its the least i can do, to help myself remain as safe as possible so my DZO knows I can take care of myself, and not to panic if I am off on landing.
this will help not just me, but all involved in looking for me, and the future of paraplegic solo skydiving-if i fck up its looked upon in a different light then any other student...un fortunate as it may be, it is the reality and we must admit-we ARE different skydivers then the typical.


Finally, the airport owner suggested a MIRROR.
to SIGNAL during the day, but also in the night time at least if i can see them coming i can signall when th===

The mirror, is good for all skydivers, and all seasons.

For those of you who have some colours to your canopy *(mine is white with two blue cells on the top skin so not the best colours for this in the winter)*
it will make an excellent target for the searchers to look for, and also provide you shelter from the winds.
i cant use it, my lack of colours is the reasons for me having an orange garbage bag to put it in, with some orange hunters jacket i should be visible enough.
hung up in a tree off DZ could be tough to see otherwise.


(This post was edited by gimpboogie on Dec 11, 2008, 1:33 PM)


travelingmack  (B License)

Dec 13, 2008, 4:13 AM
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In reply to:
Ist test flight of my new gear.

giving her the gears trying to trash her a bit was the purpose of this flight....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwOzDgPDfXc

she flies well, has an AAD ASTRA, and is now ready to keep flying.

Winter diving, is going to be attempted here....
and its happening, slowly on warmer days with still a lot of prep work.

winter diving as a paraplegic is VERY DIFFERENT then summer diving.

1) OFF DZ LANDINGS COULD KILL FROM EXPOSURE.
if I land off by far, it could take 1 to 3 hrs before my DZ can get to me, to get me out.
Preparing to stay warm upon landing is the key here.

I jump with extremely warm clothing to begin with, and focus on the lower extremities for warmth-i cant tell how cold exactly my body is getting-when it is cold.
that is a big concern to watch for in the winter.


my jumping kit-yes, i must jump with some -gear- regardless of this not being a typical recommendation for students.

i must always have a cell phone, hot packs that you squeeze to make them warm, a solar blanket and two large black garbage bags.

My procedure for landing off DZ.
Which i have never had to use-yet.
but this is what i would do.
This is NOT A MANUAL OR RECOMMENDATIONS, but rather sharing what I do... if it gives you some ideas to think on..great.

UPON LANDING:
1) Call my DZ, tell them where I am. my compass coordinates will help, and I have a Suunto watch with alti, n compass. My cell also has the GPS locator function turned ON, so if i am seriously lost or injured, i can be found by EMS personnel.. make sure you cell has this function turned on, if you have it.

2) stay dry and warm as much as possible.
immediately on landing, after checking i am ok, place canopy in one large black garbage bag and tie it closed with twist ties.
Place container in the other black bag n tie it closed.

This will keep my gear from soaking in the moisture from the snow, AND provides a larger black target to look for me.

3) crack open the warmth packs, place one in each boot, each mitt, under helmet to keep head warm and if i have extra keep them incase people cannot find me soon.

4) IF I can see i am in a location where it will take a while to get to me, take out the solar blanket, and cover myself with it. Also, if there is blowing snow, cover myself with it regardless.. it will be a better reflective target to look for me and keeps the snow from blowing over me.

try to stay small, to preserve body heat. Typically in the summer, I would want to stay large-(and my garbage bags should be orange not green or black) but now i would stay small for heat conservation and leave the spotting aid to the black bags and reflection off the solar blanket.


Also, I NEVER GET ON 1ST OR LAST LOAD.
I want to watch the first couple of loads to see how the winds behave, at different levels etc.

I also never want to be in the last load, for sundown comes fast and reflective blankets, lights or not, if I land off DZ, i am in potential life threatening situation by being out there somewhere in the dark and not be able to get up and walk to a road.



I hope some of that made sense, to all jumpers in the winter and those with ANY mobility issues I hope you come up with a clear and concise safety plan for winter jumping, and share it with your fellow jumpers, DZO and instructors so every one knows your plan.

stay safe, have fun and jump in the winter!
you fly faster the air is cooler!Sly


as an addition
IF I EVER was to find myself out there when it got dark,
I would hope i remembered to bring my green glow sticks and flashing LED head lamp. The green helps spotters see distinguish me from cars or stationary lights from houses, and the flashing steady location light -me- hopefully helps to distinguish me from moving vehicles with flashers.. Im not sure what else would help, but my main concern would be to be seen from afar, -good light weight light- and be easier to distinguished from other objects.

you got yourself a long canopy ride there...you got a shot of your landing, congrats on your new gear..


teamshred  (D 422)

Feb 4, 2009, 11:21 AM
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Well checkout this online disabled Skydiving manual: http://www.jagworksdesign.com/html/Para%20Manul%20opening%20page.htm
Rod Mack D-422


mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Feb 4, 2009, 3:19 PM
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Clicky:
Disabled Skydiving Manual


gimpboogie

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WINTER SKYDIVING UPDATE & MODIFICATIONS
[from experiences to myself-this MAY be helpful to anyone preparing to dive in the winter,
as the previous posts on this topic shows]

Last months Canpara had an article, somewhat prompted by this discussion,
on nWINTER SKYDIVING.

There are thousands [nit sure of #'s-guessing]of skydivers around the world
who dive in the winters.

Having said that, same here in CANADA-MORE 'POPULAR' in some locations and DZ's then others.
Although many shut down for the winters-financially perhaps best to do so [:?]
but some, like the PARACHUTE SCHOOL OF TORONTO stays open, and Adam flies his plane for a handful of us
perhaps for free at times, to help us 'skydiving addicts' to come out and put ourselves through
experiences which I've seen left people puking, and crying in the cold of their fingers-to people who
admit 'it's damn cold UP THERE, I'M MANIFESTING AGAIN! [as soon as their fingers warm up :)]


I'm one of those paraplegics who would be up in every available load if my health permitted it.
Yet, I got up there a bit this winter-and if some miracle happens, perhaps again before the winter is over/
(perhaps my last, and first winter skydives, who knows-or cares-its TODAY WHAT COUNTS, for its ALL WE TRULY HAVE.

So here are some of the MODIFICATIONS FOR ME, FROM MY 1ST PLAN.

1) MY PANTS, I knew I needed them larger-to fit more layers of warmth under me-for those potential OFF DZ LANDINGS [ODZL from now on]
I'm NOT talking of ANYTHING under there, SPEND THE $ ON QUALITY EXPEDITION QUALITY underwear.
IT'S $ OF A JUMP TICKETx2, BUT WORTH YOUR LIFE potentially. I haven't heard of anyone dying from OFF Dz landings
due to hypothermia, but im not ba about to be the 1st on that-if i can help it. with paralysis there is
GREATER RISK of frost bite for we feel not areas which easily get back n drop off-toes or fingers :( .
[that's life 'suck it up princess' is what my diving friend says to me- and i love him dearly for it]

I Went with TEMPORARY for now,PAINT BALL PLAYERS PANTS.
REASON" TOUGH MATERIALS, PADDING, WATER RESISTANCE, TOUGH 'WEAR N TEAR' POSSIBILITY-
THEY TAKE A BEATING-better then that pink bunny with the batteries.
BETTER THEN SKI PANTS, SNOWBOARDING PANTS ETC.
due to the above measures, and CHEAPER.

BUT, I MUST MODIFY MY LEG STRAP SYSTEM-FOR ALL MY PANTS [summer or winter], BECAUSE THE CURRENT METHOD IS
STILL A SNAG POTENTIAL I DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE WITH.
If I have a high speed mal. for some reason-its possible off static line-i saw a guy hanging from his feet'
off the risers spinning pretty fast off a static line-bad exit-but IF I FALL OUT, as I almost felt like
i would once, but my JM REASSURED ME HE HAS ME HELD [and if he can fireman carry me up several
flights, i trust he can hang on to me from my harness as i position myself with all this bulk against a
wind which feels SO MUCH STRONGER-I do not know why, but it does-i'm not imaging,
i felt it each winter jump-it was harder to position to exit and each exit was not as good as
my summer exits were-strap modification for ALL PANTS IS A MUST.


PANTS MUST have MORE PADDING-obvious reason-landings on potentially
rock hard frozen earth-in my case preferably then deep snow-
obvious reason being the difficulty in getting myself out of there
-if i truly had to- i can pack my gear in plastic bags n roll to roadway to
wheelchair, but LUCKILY I HAVE THE PST SPARTANS coming to grab my
gear, bring my chair n drag me back to the warmth [my DZO even passed me
2nd pair of hot packs once when was shivering lots.-skydivers are such
beautiful people in their hearts, why is there such a 'out of control addicted to adrenalin, risks their life for it perspective out therein the
public who do not dive?
I do not understand it,
had no thoughts what so ever of skydivers, as a group, before became one.

anyways, tangent-sorry for my hit in the head problem popping up-say too much, in more ways then one.


PANTS MUST ACCOMODATE MORE CLOTHING underneath, due to the layers required to keep yourself warm
for those 'just incase it goes to hell' landings that we all dread-but are inconveniences of a 10 min.
car ride for the walkers-but could be so dangerous for a para-i may be 'too safety concious' in
the eys of some, but its better then saying, yah go out there, have fun, wear your nicest/coolest/what ever the hell
your 'thing' is clothes and do the highest FF YOU THINK you can handle and just while your added
get used to new clothing, new methods for flying the openings, new eerything right down tothe flare-
so safety-as much as i can think of-others help me think of more-thank to such as Farmer-for his \true
watchfulness of my flying, and landings-talking like a debreif to me-he is respected by all at out our
DZ and him tlking like this to me-when its time giving me shit he does that too-i love
folks like farmer.



okso to m,y situation, an update
& GENERAL INFO FOR WINTER DIVING CONSIDERATIONS FOR SKYDIVERS WITH PARALYSIS:

-pants, as discused.
my jacket is a hunters orange jacket with 'gimpgear' written all over it with the hopes that it wont disappear. [whjo wants one of those lol].

the safety gear which i discussed previously, incase of ODZL needed to be put inmy pants pocket instead of the jacket.
in the jacket it was too bulky just below the handles for cut away and reserve so i did not want to risk them to a factor in not finding my handles in a highspeed mal situation, which is possible even of static line.

My intention is to change the leg lifting straopping sytem -we still do not like the snag potential with them the way they are] so i did not put any such permanent modifications on my winter diving pants-which are paintm\ball pants.

The method I tried to use initially was to have ready made loops in each pocket of the pants and under a functional canopy, after which i would tape out these ready made loops out of the pockets and lift each leg up with my hands placing the loop above my knee and clipping it onto my chest strap.

this became evidently too difficult to do while flying in such cold temps.
windchill would have made my hands a danger to me had i taken off myh gloves to do this-not to mention god forbid i drop a glove-then i would definitely have trouble flaring with totally useless hands.

THUS I HAD TO LAND WITH MY F\LEGS DANGLING DOWNWARDS.
I HAVE SLIGHT CONTRACTURES ON MY KNEES WHICH HELPED to keep my legs in a semi-bent position.
this means a totally new klearning curve to flare.
ineeded to flare like a walking person, and gently aplfa myself onto the ground.

this was fine, but i also had to make sure i landed on the runway.

first time i had the dificulty that i needed to bled off altitudfe due to the cold temps and needing to get down faster.
by the time i was reaching my landing approach at 1000f i was slightly off to the east of our intended landing area-the DZ lol

this means i needed to get back home and use what i got out of my hands for a flare.
i was unable to put my hands completely into the toggles needing to use very new landing technique, with slightly limited grip became a challenge.

I got back home, and landing on the runway is the only optiion for me to land in the safest place.
its always smootest, and clear of snow hyet makes my landings more critical due to bneing totally no cushion from snow, and hard frozen ground.

modifications were:
-pants
-landing pattern and
-landing itself the flare had to be relearned in harness and soimulatuion on our DZ simulator online game. very realistic since it is put on top of our DZ map exactly as you see it.
-must keep orange jacket for visibility but must put safety gear in pant pockets to l\keep jhandles visible.

i will try to post some photos after i resize them for posting.


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gimpboogie

Apr 20, 2009, 6:54 AM
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lots has changed since last posting here. had another systemic infection (ALS seems to be determined to get me -but I'm more determined to get away each time i feel death dripping on the walls-laying there with a central line in my neck wasnt pretty-in SCU it was a visit from Lonnie that reminded me there is much living left to do! -thanks Lonnie for stopping by-that was a VERY long trip for you and your visit mean a HUGE deal to me)

OK PETER the video will go up in a day or so on youtube-of me flying your gear.
i will try to get some photos up here once I re size them.

initial assessment=

* this canopy is sweet to fly!
I LOVE IT!

line twists from risers to slider- and 3 more above the slider-but they just started to untwist on their own.! nothing to do but watch her doing her job.
She responds to minimal input, very easy to use rear risers-again responds well and actually doesn't take as much effort as the reg. student gear I've been flying (solo 270's mostly or navigators)
-I would choose this xp285 over either of them.
Also the container fits beautifully...like it was made for me.

leg snaps are easy for me to put the gear on but for safety's sake my JM wanted quick ties closing the snaps (he felt there was potential for them to come apart-and for me to fall out=this was OK for me-having the quick ties, just makes it so i need to carry cutters to take them off on landing...)

any feedback from anyone on this?

flare is beautiful-smooth.

what a treat to fly this canopy.
As you said, this canopy does penetrate the air well and has more speed then expected-then i ever had from the other two canopies used (or that big boy rig-manta yuck!)


KermieCorleone  (C 39300)

Apr 21, 2009, 4:58 PM
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wow lady, you are bad ass Blush


gimpboogie

Apr 23, 2009, 8:34 PM
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Here's the video.

http://www.youtube.com/...feature=channel_page

As you may notice, I'm not speaking any more like I was last summers videos....Unsure
ALS is starting to show itself a little more....
( I had to turn up the volume on the video quite a bit to hear myself clearly enough-although at the end of the dive I was screaming [my screaming Laugh -so no it's not my Bogart imitation)
BUT who can complain, March 28th I left the SCU after battling sepsis
(a central line in my jugular pumping dopamine and kick-ass antibiotics kept my heart rate and blood pressure high enough that after 6 days doc was going to send me to a 'step down' unit- to which I replied that it must mean HOME!... reluctantly he said 'ok, when do you want to go?' NOW! I replied [at 8PM]-his thoughts were more like in a few days-but I got my way and was home just before midnight Laugh )

and 22 days later-there I am flying like it never happened...

except my voice-well who needs to hear me anyways, I've been told more then once that I'm the most verbose person these folks had ever met...

but now I have a new 'voice' that I'm learning to use:
DYNAVOX "communication device", which is just a seriously expensive ($8,000! god you can get some NICE gear for that!) hard drive (and only 60 gigs at that Unsure) WITH a touch screen...
but it can do some pretty cool stuff-like detect my retina movements, so if I decide to hang around long enough to be a statue in an electric chair-I can just use my eye movements to drive this new beast they gave me-yah I got the electric chair-they insisted saying that 'it wont be long now.... blah, blah,"... yah it wont be long now till I jump off a bridge and live to tell about it.

IT'S a matter of mind over matter,
as long as I keep believing... I will keep on living....
I BELIEVE SO ANYWAYS
and you cant convince me otherwise
till I'm gone Sly


gimpboogie

Jun 3, 2009, 6:10 PM
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ROD MACK (D422) made this web page:
Adaptive Skydiving Manual

http://www.jagworksdesign.com/html/Para%20skydive%20manual.htm
with input from Peter Chapman and Angus Smith. (my former coach Angus and my rigger Peter Chapman)

I MUST ADD....

Peter (South Africa-AFF instructor Tonto)
did at least 30 AFF jumps the first 10 of which he said he was like in a washing machine... before passing the AFF portion.

Dale (New Zealand) who followed after me and Peter-is now on his 11th or 12th AFF and they let him go in FF on his 6th (he tossed with his head down-but didnt complain of the opening upon landing-he's pretty happy!-youtube search Dale Elliott)....

The thing is, that if a student with lower limb disabilities ends up on static line then that's how you turn them into B.A.S.E. jumpers!

TOSSING gimps on static line-were never going to get through the TTO's the exit is not 'gimp friendly' on static line to begin with-add the TTO's and we go buy B.A.S.E. gear!

want to keep them in the skies?
GO THROUGH THE AFF WITH TWO INSTRUCTORS and analyze each video seriously and with scrutiny.

After the AFF came to an end-I found from scrutinizing the videos two critical issues that went completely unrecognized when it was happening-as there was not sufficient debriefing of these videos.
to try to analyze frame by frame what went wrong.
(i.e. the 1st AFF its simple to see-'let go of the pilot chute!'
the 2nd AFF shouldn't have ever been attempted with one instructor-too early to understand the dynamics that were taken away with the 2nd instructor gone-DO NOT ELIMINATE THE 2ND INSTRUCTOR TOO EARLY!)

IF there is difficulty in reaching the pilot chute-FIGURE OUT WHY! frame by frame- you may find out! and possibly correct it....


static line the gimps too soon and they will always be stuck there and start looking for ways to jump without that plane-heck no one ever lets us out low enough as it is!

so the "skydive" becomes B.A.S.E. training-packing for it,
training for quick toggle grabs- on heading openings- and doing 'what ever' with your canopy skills above 2,000f to practice for..... "what ever", until you enter that dreadfully high 1000f final pattern, which would be interesting if it began at 400f-BUT we have CSPA(or USPA ETC.), and FAA, and DZO's, and other skydivers who frown upon BSR violations for this is skydiving
after all- ALL the rules apply...

the cliffs start to look good-which is where i;m headed-the antenna's were great \9even with the broken ankles with an off heading opening bringing me to the rock clifs rather then the frozen ice i had hoped to go t0-but what the heck-i too the casts off and went skydiving anyways-being a gimp whose gonna care of know if they are broken)


so now ALL my skydiving training is for BASE situations-sure my DZO has yelled at me with a "were you trying to make me sh*t my pants'
-NO-just trying to practive for the ONLY world I can jump in- AND HAVE SOMETHING MEANINGFUL-TILL i go in...

I KNOW this is not a B.A.S.E. forum (which IS where I 'lurk' now all the time),

BUT I THINK tHAT THE EXERIENCES of both DALE AND PETER show that we=the individuals with "lower limb" disabilities MUST have the chance to do MORE AFF jumps then 'typical' because IF NOT we may very well be driven out of skydiving, and turn to the 'dark side'.

enough siad-take it seriously.\IF YOU PLAN ON TAKING ON A PROJECT LIKE THIS-GIVE IT TIME, GIVE THE STUDENT AS MANY 'INSTRUCTOR DEPLOY' JUMps AS NEEDED, AND have video for ALL jumps and dont just look at them casually,\serioulsy deconstruct them frame by frame.\\I think what DALES instructors are doing is EXCELLENT!
i.e. the webbed glove-the chest mount altimeter I CAN SEE makes a difference- and many other 'little' things \9i.e. after my wind tunnel experience-i never jumped with the leg braces-it was decided that they were not necessary-well a wind tunnel turned down to 80mph is very different then the actual experience of true freefall-it gave inappropriate feedback-and thus ended up in having too soon the 2nd instructor taken away (on the 2nd jump onward I had only one instructor-had \i been able to be in the tunnel with proper wind speed simulation some of these 'issues' would have revealed themselves-not to mention going through the 'practive deploy' situation, \i'm sure that at 120 mph i would have flipped upside down in the tunnel-and we would have had to try to understand WHY.... and hopefully would have figured it out...\
MAYBE i would have become a 'skydiver' but as it stands now-I am a B.A.S.E. JUMPER who uses skydiving skills to hone in on BASEa skills-which I THINK the skydiving world in general would not have wanted to end up being the end resullt for any skydiving student.\

enough said.
\
UNLESS something new and interesting happens in the skydiving world-this MAY be the last post here in regards to skydiving-and since this is not a B.A.S.E forum-whatr business do i really have here...|?....


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grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jun 3, 2009, 6:17 PM
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Hi Minna,
I am always so delighted to see you posting and I am constantly amazed by your exploits. Ever consider coming to Idaho and doing a B.A.S.E. jump of the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls? I would sure love to meet you sometime.

Pat


gimpboogie

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HEY Granny in the skies=nice to hear from you

HOW is YOUR jumping going (WE STARTED CLOSE TO EACH OTHER a few yrs ago)

yes actually, as soon as our 'super grand caravan' we got an engine upgrade=900hp=cruising speed 190 knots=at top floor 13,500f in 10 min!

is gone from here (nov 1st) I got plans to go B.A.S.E. in FL with a new friend-who has 'permission' for an antenna I want to go for-and then I guess I will live like a 'hobo' going from one B.A.S.E site as I can-although IF I end up in CA I may try LODI-apparently as long as your breathing, you can jump there-
it seems like an interesting enough challenge-multi lane freeway on one side and vineyards on the rest of the sides-i would hate to land in corn but the vineyard construction is way to sketchy-don't want to have to try it....

wierd isnt it?

IN Skydiving I do not wish toi take 'ever incvreasing' risks-sucvh as Lodi would be
BUT I WILL jump off anything 240f or higher with a BJ IN A PERIGREEII pro, or quite honestly a FLIK even-but NEVER those 'transition gear'=B.A.S.E GEAR WITH A belly mount reserve-thats playing paintball instead of going to war...\it has nothing to do with each other,....a .b.a.s.e. canopy with a reserve?

EITHER GO ALL THE WAY,with both feet,or dont bother....

yah i might get a whole lot of flames-but i dont care-

i'm SO FED UP with skydiving in general-its a leisurely roimp in the park compared to what makes my heart pump n beat a little noticveably.

yah Idoho was one of the plans....
but it also is one of those things,
that in my income bracket )-20,000/yr)

travelling is done by hitchiking-lets see if thst briger id sn optyion before the homeland securioty tosses me back avross the border...

plesase tell me how your doing...? remember your date of starting-sometime sround 2007=lotd tpo dhsre ;0


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grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jun 3, 2009, 7:58 PM
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Yes, you remember right. We did start about the same time. 2007. I just did my 300th jump last weekend and got a nice face full of pie. Laugh I didn't do anything spectacular for that jump, but chose to do a solo on a load in our little C-182 with one of my former math students doing her first tandem. That was a different kind of special. (Oh, and she like it so well, she's talking about doing AFF)

If you make it to Lodi, I'd sure try to make it there to meet you. I jumped there in March and it is a bit of a different place. The vineyards are pretty intimidating and they are all over the place. On my first jump there, I opened and that was about all I could see below me. I didn't know I could go that far, but I did land in the dz landing area, unlike some unlucky other jumpers. The landing are is nice and big by the way and the freeway isn't really a problem.

If you can make it to this part of the country, I'll be glad to do what I can to get you to the bridge or other jumpable areas around here. Although I haven't tried it myself yet, I do know some local BASE jumpers.

Keep in touch. SmileSmile


gimpboogie

Jun 7, 2009, 12:53 AM
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thanks granny in the skies, would love to jump with you sometime...

wow you really stacking up those jump numbers...holy Smile


I just pick a number i like and stick to it Wink
when some ask if i skydive, i say nah, i just fall out of the plane...
what the heck-its all wonderful everyone of them-they are memorable.

today i did a canopy control course with peter chapman-and it sure was worth every second of the 8 or so hrs he put into it.
jumping i didnt do-today-too tired n worn out-sometimes life just does that.... oohh well thats ok i can always jump another day-the caravan is only a few minutes away from my bed now...


so i just moved to the dropzone-its great to have this grand caravan with 900 ponies in my front yard.. not too bad at all Wink

here's a link http://www.youtube.com/...feature=channel_page
to show you my new 'ride'...

it actually was a video to ahow someone that the prop CAn KILL YOU, and interfering with such things will not only knock your head off, n then you just wont even need your gear anymore-but messing with this lil girl in the air could take her and everyone in it down... -it was a video of some guy walking the wing close to the prop -youtube video-and i sort got into a disucssion with folks who said that even idling the prop is not going fast enough to do much of anything... telling me to go stand near it next time... so made the video to show the size, the slicing power and the astounding thrust this lil girl puts out....
with the hopes that folks can see-yah she can kill yah in a split second if your not watching....

i saw the difference from her-yesterday when a student landed about 100f behind and to the left of her as she was idling and started to roll off for her take off-this student was tossed around quite nicely by simply the turbulance from her thrust-while last yr with her 595 hp she took up 3/4 of the runway to get up, now she takes 1/3 or less...
and a few photos of my first jump of this season out of her-yesterday... she's a beauty to exit from compared to that 206 we got.. but this weekend we did our 200,000th load-that was a treat... the media showed up to celebrate our 'special day' and the place was buzzing with folks-now i lay here listening to the rain-which we are whorecast to get for the next 3 days...
what the heck-gives me more time to work around the DZ and help out my DZO whose generosity and kindness is beyond explenation...

i think im in early retirement now-and can sit right back and wake up to this beautiful caravan sitting in my front yeard-the best elevator to altitude ive ever had... close to home-just grab my gear n go out the door n JUMP Cool

(that last photo is my 'Tonto' wave off... I still think of him on the way to altitude-and have begun to internalize my arch-as my way to try to respect him and ALL HE HAS DONE for us para-s to fly the skies-heck I'm flying the gear he taught Peter to fly with, and the pants Tonto developed the cocept for-its almost like recognition for him has become engrained in my exit count-and this is what is making me realize more and more-that it is for the HONOUR of individuals such as him-its my RESPONSIBILITY to fly the skies as safe as I know how-for I'd hate like hell to have him fly by and shake his head and whisper in my ear-you stupid gimp-why the f**K you do that for?'

and FOR THE HONOUR OF FUZZYDAVE and ANGUS for helping me get to this place-for taking up this project-and brining me to this place-where I now know my soul is free-even while still wearing this human form-like clothes which eventually get worn n tattered enough that its time to move on...
until then-this is why my soul is free...


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humanflite  (D 99999)

Jun 11, 2009, 1:59 PM
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Sweet pictures and write up Minna Wink
Great work. Glad your happy in your new home.

Also, your static line exit looks a lot better than some non paralysed students Ive seen!!!

kudos Smile


gimpboogie

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well seems we will try FF again.

having done a ton of static lines,\
tossed TTO's etc.

now the idea is that I WILL WEAR LEG BRACES.
last attempts last yr.
we had no stiff leg braces-those were soft braces typically used for sprains etc..
with a bit of pool noodle type pipe insulation to keep some stiffness going.

this time-we will dig out those stiff locking knee braces-and use them to give my legs stability.

next plan is to change the pants,
to use the leg straps in an enclosed system,\a BOC type pocket on pants to put straps in for FF,

stability issues might be a little different this time-who knows.\the leg braces seem like a good move forward.\

my coach still feels i do not need a system to keep my legs up at the back-so they don't hang down at the hips-like we seen happen with para's and quads.
my friend, who broke both his ankles on landing also almost broke his nose during the opening because his legs launched forward with such momentum they hit him in the face.

i personally disagree-on the leg straps for the back..\
that is Dale's idea/invention-the leg straps at the back.

yes, it's said i have 'MORE hip flexors' but that is an assessment based on last year.

this year the hip flexors are not near as functional,
but i listen to my coach-to the point that i trust him enough if he thinks its ok without the leg braces like last yr-i will go with just that-no braces-as i did last yr.\
this yr. i feel pretty certain i need the strap at the back of my pants i feel my legs will send me quite an amount of momentum forward during deployment-f not affecting my FF...

but we will see.
so hard/stiff braces this time is the addition.

i hope we don't stop the AFF before we try the back leg straps but will just have to see how it goes.

been ill-too ill to do my chores at the DZ or to fly for the last two weeks-that's the longest i've gone without a dive since moving to the DZ.

I hope to have my leg strap holder/pockets i will be aable to sew up this week-before the weekend so i can try them out from down low-and see how long, how different it is to fasten the leg straps from having them hidden inside these 'pockets' on my thighs.

i've been reluctant to try to FF without the leg straps being fully contained-better then they are with duct tape-as they have been now.\
As well as the leg braces-it's just not worth it-to try it without the stiff/hard leg braces,
and would be nice to put the strap on the back of the pants-but who am i to argue what is to go on the ppants-so i will go with these modifications for now.
the stiff leg braces certainly is great news for me-
now i do not feel like most of my concentration isn't 3/43 focussed on trying to keep my legs 'still' ...

AND registered for bridge day,
got my new base container in the mail this week-
it all seems to feel good despite the illness and infections i have again...\
on a bright side-more so-
i got a BED to sleep on now|!

yah, a friend whom i fly gliders with stopped by here and took me for a drive for the weekend-we went to the glider club and stopped at a store so I CAN GET A BED-
woohoo!
sleeping on the floor or in my wheelchair since April is over!

now to focus on camping gear for Bridge day and then perhaps a trip to FL (OR come back, and fly with the Caravan pilot to Texas or to Pennsylvania-depending on which he is flying to-on Nov 1st)-then from there the base trips will go on for a few months-hopefully.


that's the new developments in skydiving for this gimp,
FF with stiff leg braces, is the key-if he tosses me out there without anything but a reserve i would be happy enough with it-that i wont worry much about the leg strap i think i need-
my idea had been to incorporate a RSL attachment at the butt area for that last leg strap (to keep my legs from falling downward- taking away my arch-which they do now on their own-the hip flexor muscles certainly have demninished a lot-but heck-if all goes sh*t for sideways i got new base gear-so life will always be well Wink


JohnDeere  (D License)

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Good luck with the leg braces! Since your talking about Texas and caravan, i guess your talking about the going down to Skydive 35? If you make it down here let me know i would love to meet you.


gimpboogie

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Hey,
well the Caravan got its new engine in Texas-which is where it MAY go back to (unless it goes to it's 'REAL' home ). sO it wasn't really any other reason I would of ended up in Texas in Nov.


That is just a plan, because if I did go with the Caravan, I'd have to come back to Canada after Bridge Day *(I'm in jumper group 20 = jump between 9:30AM-9:40AM).

My preference is to live by the edge of my pants as of Bridge Day onward-until then I'll stick to being an altitude whore, (the invitation to Florida idea seems more and more appealing besides-i have no more break cord ...).



Now back to skydiving-since were in the skydiving forum
Cool

I did that 13,500 jump with Angus today, had a bit of an interesting day all day long before that j"interesting"jump.
The interesting part came when it became apparent on opening that the left rear riser was routed backwards through the slider-but now I know the trick on how to frix that-just keep letting her fly in that spinner-its a large canopy, take off your show-untile the laces till there is only enough to keep the lace on the show and throw the show over the riser-to drag it down-learn something new everyday!

(maybe that was the best advice I got today :) )


The day Started off with switching my Raven modified for BASE canopy into my container with the Vertigo reversed risers & WLO toggles... (I will try to post a photo of that jump-nothing spectacular to see-just a nice 'scenery-beautiful clouds today all day).
I have UPT risers but I wanted to leave them in and jump with those WLO toggles.

BAD MOVE to leave the Vertigo reverse risers in because I forgot about the rsl connection -oops-got none-after that jump the rig is grounded until i change the UPT risers in-should do it on Tuesday,
I'm tired, need to give some energy to cleaning the DZ on Sunday, Monday rest, and back to some rigging Tuesday -(heck I need a few days just to think of what stupidity I can think of for the windy and sh*tty days-maybe some paintball duels off the property, go get drunk and rob corner stores-gosh did I JUST SAY THAT! LOL ok I guess I better not do that now... :P

Was hoping to use the WLO toggles on the UPT risers-no go.
one set is velcro (vertigo) and the other is a pin release for the toggles (UPT)
-no match.

SO,
decision time came.

DO I jump with the student gear I had so much trouble with, OR do I wait it out, rig up my gear to the UPT risers and accept the WLO toggles cant be used.

Went with the student gear.
I just knew I could do it.

Angus said it was my call-I went for it.
last load of the day-no tandems just friends and folks I knew well enough to be feeling real good with their energy in the plane.

Jason's "LITTLE GIRL" (that freaken 900hp engine is now the little girl on steroids-no time to visualize your dive you hop n pop.)
got us to '13,500f' or so faster then Ive ever gone.
the dive was with the leg braces-which certainly helped hugely.
Angus said my legs stayed in proper position-no more heels smacking my butt and backsliding was gone totally.

Once I had finished excersizes-I've been a low altitude jumper for so long that I had a few sec's of reminding myself NOT to try to turn towards the DZ till deployment time.

So I just waited from 7 grand to 5.5 and deployed.
During that time Angus did debrief me on the fact that there was slight potato chipping-because all the axis are controlled by my arms so I was trying slight movements between arms farther back, or further forward.
further forward-i started a slight head down orientation,
arms further back-fixed it.


Deployment was a totally different beast this time then ever before.
deployment sent my chest strap grab my chin, shove my head as far back as it would go and to the right within a few secs.
after clearing my head (mentally-let the stars disappear-heck there's plenty of time to do it-from such a high deployment)

I realized my chest strap help my head so far back and looking up that in order to see where i was going, -or the altimeter even-i needed to push my head backwards just a bit more so i can see from under the chest strap.

Around 3 grand I had to take my goggles off-because the chest strap had sort of 'distorted' my glasses with the pressure it was putting on my head... (strangely this student container was set with the main lift web within 1/2 inch as tight as it will go-as well as the leg straps-so the thinking is -for now-initially-that perhaps the position in which i fly -sort of like sitting in a recliner-may have something to do with this happened-because clearly it was not a problem with Angus checking my gear-I trust him with this all)

Regardless, the jump was great, neck is sort of whiplashed but the adrenalin of just having those leg braces keep my legs in place so i wasn't going for freefall moves while Angus chases me across the skies seemed to have been enough that I don't give a darn what the neck feels like-im here ready to jump once i fix up the rigging.

over n out,
-gimp


Sandro29  (B 5425)

Jul 22, 2009, 1:59 PM
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Mina,
Haven't seen any more of your postings since last month...what up girl! Keep them comming.

I haven't been to PST much this season, but hopefully this weekend or next I'll head up there and we can go for wings with Daniel...now that we know how to take appart your chair.

Blue ones
"FEZ"


gimpboogie

Jul 23, 2009, 6:07 PM
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Mina,
Haven't seen any more of your postings since last month...what up girl! Keep them comming.

I haven't been to PST much this season, but hopefully this weekend or next I'll head up there and we can go for wings with Daniel...now that we know how to take appart your chair.

Blue ones
"FEZ"

Fez,

Sure, to the wingding with Dan we go-dismantling the chair is simple :)
staying in it-not so.

I just been rigging -supervised by a rigger-project-swwitching risers-again-and sewing toggles to become more stiff and easier to grab-easy grab toggles out of my skydiving gear-so I can fly with confidence.

Been tired, n ill-and not gotten much work done-today was supposed to have another coach jump-rained all day-nice sunset though-don't count out Friday :)

Come on down Fez


gimpboogie

Jul 25, 2009, 3:08 PM
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Another FF jump with Angus, turns this time.

two things stood out -(asides from my 1st off DZ landing-yES the beer is here allready-waiting for the 'green light' on it).

1) mental state/mind set-importance of it.

and
2) the ability to quickly change plans-decipher what is the most important parts of the dive to keep=and what to discard -if that's how its going to be.

a trip to 'top floor' @ 13,500f turned into a trip 'as high as we can go'-which we will never know until the pilot turns on the door lights-leaving the 'planning' a 'as you go' process-it seemed at first.

the 'fog' up top became evident as patches-and begam to form fairly sobstantially at 9,000f, so 10,000f was the best we'd hope for.
not enough FF time for all what we had planned for the dive-and the 'new plan' obviously had to be thinking that at the top of the dive-exit-arch-altitude check on downward= to the very end of the FF were both the 'most important' parts (end being the deployment-on time).
everything else in between will be 'altered'/eliminated as the time goes on-and this mindset is what helped me to turn a 'I'm nervous' situation to being on top of the game again.
planning on the spot-for sudden changes, was the skill that I realized I had acquired during these yrs of skydiving.... nothing that I wasn't 'taught' about in the beginning-but somehow it had finally stuck in my brain sufficiently that I could utilize it-turning into a potential 'unplanned' mindset into one where I felt the comfort of being on top of the game and knowing what I was doing- -no-- not my 1st time 'being there', but certainly something that is diffirent from this time in FF, to the last time i was there.


on point number 1)
mental state of mind,
interestingly last yr at the time i was working with Angus, my life was filled with some serious consequential issues which were 'unstable', 'evolving', and i had a great deal of responsibility in making things happen-in this 'private world' of mine.
-tons on the plate-as some might say.
not always a good state of mind to be learning something like skydiving, IF your an intense person like myself.
those issues in life-despite them not being in the forefront of my mind,
weighed it down sufficiently enough that when i 'thought' i was concentrating on it-i was 'burdening' myself with these other issues-in between jumps-or generally throughout the day-Angus understands this-and i trust him on it-and see that it can be a deciding factor on what subconsciously overwhelms-and spills into the conscious world.

At the time I didn't think of it that way,
only noticed that in another high risk sport in my life-i had an accident in august last yr-while i had tons on my plate so to say....

now-despite there being as many 'issues' in my life-i have learned a skill-critical-we think....
a skill that allows me to accept those issues i cannot influence in any manner, at this point-and thinking of them-and how they will or will not turn out-even throughout the day i dive on-have no place in this world=and yes-some say it's a selfish existence=to hyper focus so much on something-well-in this sport-and any that i truly love-this intensity of focus on that sport alone-and dismissal of other issues in life-is critical-essential-to make it 'work'.



yes-the leg braces have been instrumental in making it possible to remain in FF, and without them, I am not sure what type of individuals, would be able to skydive with lower limb disabilities=or substancial weakness beyond the ability to walk.

yes=the 'special pants', with the crotch panel, are also essential-in that such any skydiver with the above detailed differences in their lower limb control-a-bility within the FF environment is hindered, or changed from the typical skydiving expectations of lower limb input, would benefit substantially-if not them being essential.

Such things as having the arms as much as possible streamlined-spandex type 'tight fitting' arms-to give most efficient control but also to help eliminate the slight bit of oscillation ('potato chipping') that happens-if the arms and all upper torso is covered in substancially 'floppy' and unstable material.
This-we believe also affects this 'potato chipping' I experience-although very minimal at this stage-but to try to eliminate the rest of it-we consider the upper body becoming more streamlined-easier to control, influence the outcome through less input,
and being important to consider.

Next dive-hopefully tomorrow-coached with Angus-wii focus on stability in FF, working on the differences with arm positioning, and trying to see if the oscillation will be easier to control with tight fitting arms, (clothing modification-and consieration thus that it was substantially important enough-to make it a 'necessary' part of my skydiving gear=to have my upper body clothing material tight fitting-[I think i will use Canoe/Kayak Canada's world championship racing top-those are streamlined and tight fitting-and sort of send out a message-personally].

Other then that-all is the same,
trying to get more jumps in certainly has worked-despite the fact that I didn't think I was jumping as much as i wanted to be-it turns out that I seem to average 10 jumps a month more then i was not living here-and this is during times I'm trying to also focus on finishing off my move here-set up medical services-dealing with a severely infected tooth-getting ready to go judge at the Nationals-and it being my 1st time-I'm watching older videos from Nationals for reference on practicing-thus trying to get much done-while working around the DZ to help my DZ jumping be affordable -that's something I truly appreciate Adam for-he understands people-cares about what is important-which is not a fat bank account-but rather having people reach dreams, achieve goals....
if it wasnt for my ability to help around the DZ, I'd be jumping 10%of what I do now.

that's it-really nothing else....

worked on the risers-switched them over-sewed an old set of riser material cut into appropriate size=to create a pocket for stiff 'wire {cut away handle cord},
to go on my toggles.
Got it done-sewing with proper threat strength, one needle left after breaking the rest-with equally sized, positioned and tensioned stiching,
was the biggest challenge.

but now I have easy grab toggles-that actually work and are easy enough to pack it doesnt change the process, or the end result-I'm happy with the toggles.
They were easier to use-for sure then regular toggles.

NO DO NOT MODIFY YOUR GEAR in any manner-without the consultation with a rigger-and the DZO where you jump=i just needed to say that-because even simple things such as toggles=if i mess it up i can't use them-and without something else to put in there-i'm grounded-so important-DO NOT MODIFY GEAR on your own-this project with the toggles was consulted on to two riggers-and DZO gave 'permission' to use them-as they were done-once only then.

that's it-nothing else new.


gimpboogie

Jul 27, 2009, 9:23 PM
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tonight's FF jump with Angus, was exceptionally 'educational'.
Well the story really begins last Thurs night-was supposed to be the 'next jump'-but I havent seen a sunny day enough to put up a tent and waterproof it,
since last monday-and Thursday we sat around for 6 hrs to get on that sunset load to get one load up-this is like summer in some areas of Europe (for those who did-I chose not to-I could jump with Angus and work on FF, or jump alone and work on canopy issues-which I've developed some 'bad habits' -of which another post-when I'm not so tired from a day of work in the hot sun at the DZ-....).

Sat. we got a jump in-which was great-today the winds were hovering at the edge of=will I make it home or not-'student wind hold' levels-shifting between them.
Had a chance to get out there....

still oscillating in FF, 3rd attempt at what were doing-and its progressing-well I suppose really 1st attempt at this dive-never made it this far in FF with Angus yet! yah! Angus is more confident this yr with my skill in focussing my mind....
He is correct.

The strap which I was sure I would require-has not been an issue-although we have not had video on these jumps at all-no $ for it! since moving to the I've become a real altitude whore-and all I spend $ on is calculated in jump tickets....
maybe the video is a good idea in a bit-if this issue doesnt sort itself out.

I start oscillativing-potato chipping, around 8,000f out of a 13,500f exit and by 5,500f i'm timing my pull to match the oscillation-with the hopes of pitching which im head up instead of head down....
today was slight head down orientation-was a simple slide to get that pilot chute out,....

the dep;oyment wans good-solid-sound and not hard in any manner-despite the slight head down orientation...

the canopy flight....was interesting...

Since the last jump turned into a case of beer for landing on the horse farm-the 1st off DZ landing
since starting this sport...

this time I flew backwards with the DZ behind my back,
just to make it back.

The landing-well lets sayy it cost me a repack on reserve.

We've had SO much rain-for a week-that the 'little ditch' at the edge of the runway was a 'river' running by about -hhmm...-chest level.... Wink
there I saat, trying to keep my canopy from landing directly in it-no luck in she goes.
then trying to get UP OUT of the muddy ditch with water up to my nipples-well-it took till the DZO dragged me out-too slippery.
yup cost a reserve repack-main is hanging a few feet behind me in the East wing-where I type to you all-
and the container -well hopefully the fan will take care of it by morning-luckily I got a rigger hanging at my house-livin in the motorhome in the parkinglot-and he's going to repack so I hopefully wont miss a load.


livin the dream.....


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jul 28, 2009, 6:27 AM
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I'm always glad to see a post from you and hear about your latest adventures. Sounds like you had quite a time. Where are you jumping?


gimpboogie

Jul 28, 2009, 2:08 PM
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I'm always glad to see a post from you and hear about your latest adventures. Sounds like you had quite a time. Where are you jumping?

granny-We started jumping together-sort of, me here n you there.

well the adventures take me where the winds seem to blow -

for now-settled as a perennial for a while here at the DZ what the heck- I just moved house-literally packed up and moved to share a house with a skydiver on the DZ-there's a few who are 'locals' here at the DZ-living here-some work here some elsewhere....
it all seems to become a community of sorts- - - -

certainly a different life-sitting around on 'off days' when we don't fly-with some kind of work always to do.... today seems to complete the digging of our new swoop pond which also ends up sort of doubling our landong area-because the alternate landing area-which used to be cut off from the rest of us by that 'ditch' on the side of the runway- - - ...
but now they've got a culvert in there-and it's getting filled in, giving us one huge landing area and a swoop pond instead of two small areas and a long ditch... Wink

if it's not a DZ project -it may be a dz project.... the folks living around me are in the midts of building something-like when I got here for a while it was building the ramp to my house.

jumping every chance I get, and to do a bit of judging, since I took the course in Feb. it's time start giving back to this sport....

heck there's so many folks dedicating tons of time to coach, teach, JM, help skydivers all over to learn new skills, and enjoy this sport- my thoughts started to evolve around what I could do to support the sport-and it seems that when my health fails enough that I can't jump in any manner-I know I will want to be around skydivers-and watch them flying, and their videos from FF...
It will be a time when life will be so different from anything I can imagine-when my mind won't get any satisfaction from the existence of the body which functions so minimally. If life still breathes within -then- judging will be the only thing i can do-in this sport for all of the rest who will be left behind to continue....

so this summer -i will go beging that journey
-eerily it feels like 'retirement planning', and perhaps it may be-but to me it's practical thinking for the future.
This body will leave me and without it my existence as well.


Then I jump where I wish, when I can, with whom I can, until that all begins to unveil itself more then this... now, I certainly have slowed down on what I can do -breathing has been affected the most I think- occasionally need O2, and in many small ways ALS is showing her strength this year-but I realize there is nothing to do but embrace life and try to get as many adrenalin filled moments as there is imagination for.

so this week's life at the DZ will bring reserve repack for me-hopefully in time to catch the next Caravan load to top floor, and watch Canada's largest collection of vintage parachutes flying our skies this week, with the skydivers reunion around the horizon now, next week judging at the Nationals.
-which will unfortunately mean a week of no skydiving, but I think I will survive that -by virtue of watching others express their skills and surely it will be enjoyable.


gimpboogie

Aug 23, 2009, 8:24 PM
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aspiration pneumonia early Aug. kept me home recovering instead of judging at the Nationals.
sucks -yah, but also was a good time to recover, get my 2nd wind, what ever...
because I need to progress this Free Fall progression with Angus, yah I don't have trouble pulling, and the biggest issue this time around is the potato chipping but if it's a problem 'able bodied' skydivers also have-then I know I can figure out ways to work with this.

infact read about it in the forums one day-'melt like choccolate or butter on a hot day' into the wind-let it cradle me.

Unfortunately the rain hasn't stopped-well enough to get Angus (he is so busy with tandem).

In the meantime I have rigging to do-my Astra battery was soaked in that ditch landing...
have one canopy that needs work with, another one on the way and should be here before Oct. so I will have a chance to give it a try before I want to use it in Oct.

Have the provincials coming up in a couple of weeks,
where I will be judging-and it WILL be a busy one-judging 'room' will be set up in my house, and between the fundraising efforts and organizing other aspects-it's a job I look forward to.

It's bizarre how fast the summer has gone.
Did tons of jumps in May to July, but Aug. has been slow-between being ill and now the weather or the intensity of customers coming through the DZ.

It is totally amazing how many folks are drawn here by that fast Caravan-I mean it's honestly the case. I've spoken with many tandem's who show up and they actually say they have 'heard' that PST has the fastest Caravan tossing folks out the door.....

off I go to start another work week at the DZ now that I've recovered from the pnumonia


gimpboogie

Sep 27, 2009, 6:20 PM
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It's been a bizarre journey since the last time I offered some details from the gimps in free fall project.


Wanting Angus to be there, along with my most recent PFF instructor Gareth we decided to a modifed jump.
Sure the unstable exit was there, and the typical necessities, but tracking to dock with both instructors along with turning 180's between the instructors (having both there for the 1st time in so long-and doing something with them other then the typical AFF tasks-was different)

I finished my final-7th PFF the other day, with an unstable exit (sort of a back lay over barrel roll combo- on exit-held heading till Gareth showed up ahead of me (later Angus tells me he had tugged at my foot to try to get my attention-later realizing i wasnt feeling any of it Smile ),
and I began my turns-between him and Angus who had planted himself behind me.
This all went well, and the docking was fine (I realize how it affects my body position when the person lets go-the grip didnt move me but letting go i wobbled like stepping into a canoe in the water till stability is established)...

the clouds went up to 6 grand and down to 4 grand.\
I cannot deploy in clouds -against my safety rules.
I typically deploy at 4.5 -wave off at 5.5
this needed to change.
wave off was set at 4.5 giving me a canopy under the clouds.

I sunk out on my friend Baxter on video -seriously and he had to tuck into a ball to get close (as both my instructors wore weights to keep up)....
we decided on reducing all drag-and i was to jump with skin tight spandex top and my usual 'gimp freefly pants'... this helped with the potato chipping, and gave me a wicked fall rate-although it was fast to begin with.

that AFF was my last one... having to jump out with a coach.


gimpboogie

Sep 27, 2009, 6:36 PM
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yup...
it happened.

I, tossed directly out the door-like static line jumps.
All my exits from planes have been unstable for about 4 seconds upon which I find stability in FF(of all the ones I am alone, without being linked to a coach, or using a static line),
after which I fall like a rock finding stability where chaos existed for a few seconds.

It's comfortable and not a concern at all when getting out at 13,500f, and having tons of seconds to work things out
but getting out low
as a hop and pop...
that's a different situation all together.

So there I was, getting out after two others on this low pass,
although i had about 15 seconds to FF IF I WANTED TO,
my 'MINDSET' was on two things
-instinctual thought that out i go, arch reach and pull,
like the static line progression was...
AND having a slow student canopy open under me (he was on static line), my thoughts were on getting out, and tossing.

That I did.
unstable exit-tossed on my back.
felt in anterising continous freefall without the usual opening I expected.
looking over my right shoulder I see the pilot chute floating behind me like a helium balloon with a kid on a windy day,
while I see blue sky.

Immediately my mind was on placing my left hand on the reserve handle ('if this is a pilot chute in tow high speed mal i need reserve asap' was going through my head),
as I looked over my right shoulder to see the pilot chute merrily dancing several feet above me.
Twisting my torso, while grabbing for the bridle (I told myself I will give the area two sweeps with my hand and if that pilot chute does not bring out a D bag my left hand will pull that reserve handle)...

As I twisted my container gave me a slight 'tug' to the right as the bridle released, pilot chute did her thing and my main opened up beautifully.

I WAS SO FORTUNATE because,
-recently a friend pitched on his back, and his legs got 'rope burn' from the lines against his calve and his opening was intense.
Neither happend to me-but had the pilot chute wrapped itself around my legs I would not be able to kick it off, as my lower limb mobility is compromised.
-my main coming out, did not get caught in my gear or body parts at all=despite the fact that i was on my back upon the final deployment.

yup, another day I can say
"wow it's a beautiful thing to have a canopy over my head"...

from now on,
I WILL give myself those few seconds to find stability instead of rushing off for the pilot chute upon exit.

A VERY important lesson.


gimpboogie

Sep 27, 2009, 6:50 PM
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Sure this is the skydiving forum,
but I realize that what I have in common with my skydiving roots, and other things I enjoy with canopies is
two most important things.

1) I need a canopy over me to land safely.
2) the atitude is always bringing me closer to the ground-the worst mistake will have the same outcome.


This year new gear is in my reportoir.
All the gear are from Consolidated Rigging.
A Perigee II container, and Black Jack,
with 42", and 38" pilot chutes along with mesh slider and some other goodies.

I am not promoting any activity, sport or desire
but wanting to share with others.,.
the 'possibilities' that exist
-skydiving is ALWAYS number one-as to what needs to me done to maintain currency and consistency to develop new skills.
If jumping without planes, or activities using canopies
is attractive to someone I wil not condem or condone.


Yes I hope to try out my new Black Jack sometime in Oct. and yes I plan to either do one as a PFF (if that ends up working out), or a static line
...yes, many cringe at the thought of B.A.S.E static line... as many also cringe at the mere thought of jumping out of planes.
Perhaps it is more a matter of what drives a person,
as long as they have explored what motivates them, reconsidered how their living, and open up their mind their given. (a skydiver taught me that)


gimpboogie

Sep 27, 2009, 9:43 PM
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thought of this too late for my 1st post about this jump,
but here it is
the final PFF/AFF level 7 skydive:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUk54JMfgk8


peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Sep 28, 2009, 2:40 PM
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I'm concerned about your 'safety rules' about deploying in clouds. What if the cloud base was at 2000 ft? Would you have waited until under 2K to pull? What do you find unsafe about pulling in a cloud?

Remember, your priorities of the skydive are:
1. Pull
2. PULL AT THE CORRECT ALTITUDE
3. Pull while stable.

Knowingly violating rule number 2 does not seem like a particularly wise maneuver.

In your other post, you talk about waiting til stable to pull instead of pulling on your back... that's a blatant violation of these priorities as well.

Please talk pull altitudes over with your instructors. Your priorities seem to be very backwards when it comes to whether it's more important to pull on time or pull while stable. I enjoy reading your posts and want you to continue to survive skydives so that you can continue to fill us in on your progress.


mdrejhon  (C 3268)

Sep 28, 2009, 8:06 PM
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Cloud talk is generally controversial since it is illegal in many cases so be mindful of that... That said, there are some non-FAA dropzones in various foreign countries that have this legal (That said, I don't know if it was in your specific case) ...

Regardless of arguments made about cloud risks (which are legitimate), deploying solo through the clouds, from modern GPS-guided spotting, outside of known air traffic routes, with healthy exit separation, isn't as inherently dangerous relitively-speaking as suddenly deciding to pull lower in an unplanned way, as that is more unsafe for many reasons... I'd suggest pulling at the designated altitude regardless of cloud situation.

Also, if you're doing a special flex-pull-altitude jump (i.e. dropzone and pilot gave you authorization to pull at ANY ALTITUDE between 3000 and 13500 feet -- used for special kinds of jumps once the airspace has been cleared exclusively for you) and you simply overreacted and pulled early, then yes, if you're wellabove the bottom pull altitude range, there's a little bit of flexibility -- if this was indeed the case, then you are correct about getting stable first before overracting and pulling early. That said, if the bottom end of the pull altitude range is inappropriate for an unstable pull, train towards clear rules such as "If unstable, try to get stable by 5000 feet" if you are doing an authorized flex-pull-altitude jump. (When you hit this pre-designated altitude limit, automatically go to "pull--pull at correct altitude--pull while stable" mode, peregrinerose is correct about this) Talk to your instructors about that, to build some reasonable safeguards for your special-needs jump, and to clarify pull priorities.

Keep it up what you're learning though :-)
But work it out extensively with your instructors, so you can be safer...


(This post was edited by mdrejhon on Sep 28, 2009, 8:16 PM)


gimpboogie

Sep 29, 2009, 1:02 PM
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The two jumps above were seperate ones-the one with the clouds, and the 'low altitude' deployment jump.

As for the one with the clouds- some things to add-perhaps relevant (or not?).

The cloud base was around 6,000f in an earlier PFF that day,and it was assumed the base might be lower at this final jump... once climbing to altitude we would determine if this jump was going to be conducted or not-based on the cloud base as well as the 'depth' of it.

My deployment altitude was to be pulled lower on this jump as determined previously- to come closer to what I would be 'typically' deploying at in the future.
It had been set at wave off at 5,500f and deploy by 4,500f in prior dives, while the goal was to bring it down to wave off at 4,500f and open by 3,500f (which happens to be the deployment altitude for our typical students while our BSR's indicate that student's must deploy by2,800f minimum and solo students 2,500f minimum).

This jump was the 1st one in which my deployment altitude was lower then prior. It also was noticed on climb to altitude that the cloud base had fallen to 4,500f -which happened to coincide with my predetermined deployment altitude.

As for the comment about, what if the cloud base was lower (i.e. 2,000f), if it had been low enough for me to recognize from the ground that it was clearly too low (as 2,000f is) then boarding the plane would not have happened.

If for some reason I had manifested, with the idea that the environmental conditions were sufficient for a dive, and this was not the case once I was climbing to altitude-I would have come down with the plane-like I have done twice this year for similar reasons.

Also had I not recognized any problems with going ahead with the jump if there were some-my PFF coaches would have called off the jump-if I didn't.

As we climbed-and noticed that the cloud base matched my deployment altitude-it was decided to go forward.

As for deploying in clouds, I've been told to not deploy inside clouds due to visibility concerns -I did not have this airspace dedicated to me-the load was full @ 20 skydivers- 16 of whom were going to 'top floor'-getting out after me.
(Although clearly if for some reason I would have been in FF and the cloud base had fallen-I would have had to deploy at the correct altitude regardless of the clouds.... if during climb to altitude the cloud base was determined to be too low, it would have been the primary reason why I wouldn't have gotten out of the plane.

This was not the case-so the jump went ahead.

That 7th PFF was 'uneventful' (as seen on the video), a little potato chipping at one point and deployment was stable on belly to earth orientation.

The unstable deployment was during that 'low altitude' (it wasn't a 'dirty low pull' type but rather a typical 'hop and pop' but instead of from 3,500f, or even 4,500f we climbed to 5,500f.

I am aware of the fact that I had rushed to deploy on it, essentially creating my own instability-I need to eliminate the typical 'static line attitude' of arch, reach and throw.
It worked fine on static line, where my parachute was deploying while my body was definitely stable.
All my previous free fall dives were from 'top floor' and there was always lots of time to find stability.


I am trying to shed the static line ideology from my head on these lower altitude jumps and drill it into my head that I HAVE time to gain stability from a 5,500f exit before my deployment altitude.

The primary lesson I learned from that particular dive is that I MUST not rush into deployment from such an altitude, as well as the fact that (under normal circumstances) I need to exit the plane no lower then 5,500f in order to give myself the time to gain stability prior to deployment.
Which is where my biggest mistake on that dive was-to hurry to deploy-while being too focused on having the static line student and his JM exiting before me...

It is true that I ended up sacrificing stability when it was not necessary-there was 1,000f to find it-instead of pulling immediately upon exit.

During the 'cloud' jump -7th PFF, nothing was sacrificed-stability nor pull altitude-it was an convenient coincidence that the cloud base worked out to be appropriate for me.
Had it not been, I would have had to come down with the plane. I am not comfortable with 16 other skydivers in FF while I am needing to deploy in poor visibility-it is not a situation I would put myself in-knowingly.

The unstable deployment jump is where I am needing to retrain my brain for the new circumstances for such exits-(until then I had never exited at this altitude unless being on a static line)- to eliminate the training that's grilled into my brain (over 50 jumps of it) of 'arch thousand, reach thousand, throw thousand, check thousand" -to 'arch till stable and then pull" (as long as I don't blow past my hard deck).

Seems to me that I need several of these lower deployment jumps to shed those old instructions, and incorporate the PFF scenario to them.

I hope that clarified the circumstances.

What I need to DO is to remind myself of the fact that I have time till my correct altitude-so use this time to get stable instead of rushing to pull.

My subsequent debriefing with my coach focused on this=that I DO HAVE TIME to find stability on those jumps and to utilize this time exactly for stability and shedding the thoughts of having to deploy immediately upon exit as all my previous jumps from that level had been-[as they were static line].


gimpboogie

Nov 22, 2009, 10:37 PM
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well it seems that despite the days we've had that were not allowed to jump because the ceiling for deployment is too low-or the winds were too high, or.. or..

somehow along the way i got a licence.
did the jumps, did the test. got the paperwork signed off, and now need to send it along with $ to CSPA.

(thankfully the judging licence doesnt require extra fees!-or I'd have to start making choices).

lately been doing a lot of hop n pops from the 206, and learned that the difference of having the door on the other side as our super grand caravan did- IS an issue.
so I do the 'tumble exit', taking about 8 secs to find stability-still giving plenty of altitude to deploy stable. Been spotting myself-usually because no one else is left in the plane-they all get out # lower altitudes-but then again ive been told were crazy just for jumping in Canadian winters-but it seems to me, if you cant jump in cold winters-then why bother ever flying..... IF i was ever to fly again-i'd want my rig with me, AND the seat ebsdie the door-i dont care what the homeland security thinks of those choices-they are there to try to save my life-not to please the propaganda machine.

yup, the blackjack is an amazing canopy.,
works great for hop n pops with less then 4 sec delay but works great with a 2 sec static line off a 300+foot antenna.

I've read somewhere that PD makes consolidated rigging canopies-wether its true or not-i plan to fire off an email thanking them for a great B.A.S.E. canopy.
mind you, packing is a big part.
I LOVE the snake river's B/A/S/E/ nacking video-its flat packing (funny i had a rigger tell me its impossible to flat pack B/A/S/E/ until we went and....

yes, skydiving is a GREAT TRAINING TOOL for some jumping that skydiving can never match.

as for skydiving-its a GREAT PLACE to learn......

awesome environment for a whole lot of things-including toughening up your skin.... Wink


I have no videos, or photos worth sharing-this yr me skydiving is 'old news' and the only photos or video i got i shared allready for the whole yr of skydiving...

as for the B/A/S/E/ videos-got none-I'm NOWHERE near beng able to wear a camera helmet-and they've all been in the dark (funny thing is-i got one photo of the pilot chute opening-whch was taken from 300+f below while the rest of the photos are blur...

static line B/A/S/E/ is my newest interest.
or
'how low can you go'...


on another note, my room mate just went to a USA DZ and within a week of showing up there (and buying 50 jump ticket booklet) the FAA seems to have gotten an interest in that DZ sn now he cant jump-til the FAA is done.

I DO feel that in certain circumstances the tickets should be refundable0like in this situation.
a guy travels from one end of the continent to jump at this olace, to spend 2 months there-and this happens-yah give the guy a refund-its not like he lives 2 hr dirve down the road and can come back when the FAA is finished with them.

As for me-i got no $, spent way too much on gear, and repairs (like reserve repacks and AAD ) to be able to skydive much-thankfully my other canopy flight interests are free.

Had another interesting jump.
reallly wanted to see how longt stability takes time to acquire so a wagon wheel out the door seeemed to be a good way to try it out,...
learned that instead of the 4 to 5 sec it takes typically, it tok 1500f to get stable from the fliping and to finally deploy.

now i know..... as well as learned to get a bit better at spotting,,,,'spotting in a grand caravan is easy-wait for the green light and point to the DZ LOL,
now the real fun starts-kus when its -40 below it isnt great to land off DZ when you cant walk.. Tongue


pchapman  (D 1014)

Nov 23, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Congratulations!!
Minna, that would be the CSPA Solo licence that is pending? The first for a gimp in Canada??

What comes after that? Will the CSPA be able to offer some sort of restricted 'A' licence? Things like a backloop, or some of aspects of the RW endorsement, would be rather tough without leg mobility.


Distabled  (A License)

Nov 26, 2009, 5:51 AM
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Why a restricted A licence?

If you can't do a backloop, then you will never need to do a backloop.

Is it a test of skill or conformity? What is the real reason for a backloop?

Safety is the priority in my opinion.

A backloop induces instability in a jump, it's a test to see if you can get stable.

If you can get stable after rolling onto your back well its the same thing in my opinion.


pchapman  (D 1014)

Nov 26, 2009, 6:32 AM
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Hi Distabled,
I'm just saying that licences in general have requirements to get them, and if you can't fulfill the requirements as written, you obviously can't get the licence.

So you might need get special approval for equivalent skills. E.g. as you mentioned, maybe the point is to demonstrate getting back on belly, which can be done by rolling not just backlooping. That way you might get the full licence.

Or, if something just can't be done, get special approval for a restricted licence that doesn't include something that can't be done. E.g. Let's say you can't fulfill the RW requirements fully, because you can't get 3 RW docks from nine five because using hand tracking only is slower than using legs. Either someone has to decide the skills are still good enough for a full licence, or issue a restricted one, where say the rules on who one can do RW with is more restricted. I don't know what in particular Minna can do, so that's one reason I was asking her.

(Note in Canada after the A licence one can only do 2 ways, and there are limits on who the other person can be. After more RW coaching before the B, then one is pretty much free to jump with anyone one wants.)


gimpboogie

Nov 27, 2009, 10:27 PM
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In reply to:
Congratulations!!
Minna, that would be the CSPA Solo licence that is pending? The first for a gimp in Canada??

What comes after that? Will the CSPA be able to offer some sort of restricted 'A' licence? Things like a backloop, or some of aspects of the RW endorsement, would be rather tough without leg mobility.

Thanks Peter (you've been a part of my progression=thank you for the canopy contro seminar).

yes i do think it is the 1st licence of any sort in Canada given to a paralyzed person (as in never having done a single skydive prior to paralysis-I know Lonnie has a licence [at least an A and most likely much more then that] prior to his paralysis)
Perhaps more then just in Canada.

IF it is, that Lonnie, Peter, Dale, and Russell all had done a skydive(s) prior to paralysis-and IF it is that these individuals are the only ones [we know of] who are paralyzed skydivers in the world-then it may be that I'm the only one who has a licence of some sort having never skydived prior to paralysis.
DOES IT MATTER-personally to me?
NO

The whole REASON for ANY of this has allready been proven-because Dale saw my youtube video's he made HIS dream of skydiving again a reality.

I firmly believe that the day will come, when Dale will be able to show the world stage that 'WE CAN' reach hights many would not believe is possible.

Yes getting 'this far' is a personal goal met- and satisfying because now I CAN FLY,
but I must admit regardless of how "un popular" this statement is:
-having a B.A.S.E.# before I die for the memory of someone whom I love so deeply, who-with me-as a child believed we will grow up and be able to fly together would be more meaningful to me.

Having said that
-back to the 'logistics'...

As i look at the "skills grid" and requirements for the A licence, I have almost all of the requirements at this point. Out of the 5 RW required, 2 are done (& legally-with PFF instructors, one with two points and the other with three points in FF), more then 40 min. of freefall, out of the 10 self guided accuracy jumps 6 are done,

What I need is the emergency procedures review A, the written test, 4 more accuracy jumps, 3 more 2 ways, and that back loop, front loop & barrel roll in one jump (which is the one that I am not sure I can do in one jump because these manouvers would require more altitude then I have to work with even from 13,00f.
I believe that the "typical" tracking orientation/'attitude' is not optimal for me with my legs locked in an angle, but the angle in atmonauti is potentially do-able'.

The barrel roll is definitely fine- (I've done it once -accidentally), the front loop should be ok also but the back loop will most likely be what will eat up most altitude.
Which is why I am not sure if this combination in one jump will be possible (not to dismiss the fact that my fall rate is intense-my belly orientation fall rate is around 138mph-this year both my instructors needed to wear weights to be able to keep up with me and one of them certainly is a tall muscular man (thus heavier then the Angus).

Infact, I can feel the speed intensify when I punh my arch 'hard'-levels is what I hope to work on in the future providing this winter will be gentler on my body then last.

Yes perhaps if my life expectancy was 'typical' I may be able to accomplish all of those goals and acquire the same A licence as everyone else has-but I feel it in my body the last few months-my time to go fly with my best buddy, soul mate whom I have not seen since we were only young children-will come faster then I had believed it would two years ago.

I am 'ok' with that-I am building memories into my memory bank, to take with me into that eternal freefall-and I am ok if I do not acquire the A licence for myself=but I really yearn to do so=for the others, like Dale who will want to fly one day.

In order for the skydiving world to accept the possibility of having others like me-paralyzed but had never done a skydive prior to paralysis-to believe/accept that this is possible-someone has to do it.
Since I am 'so close' -yet not close enough
-(seriously I am not sure how much longer I can keep fighting with this body-every daily 'living' thing I do, is a mountain so high, elevations helicopters are unstable to fly)
I want to try my best to get to the finish line-that A licence-so it paves the path for others to follow to the skies where we have moments of freedom never achievable on the ground.

In agreement with Dale (and one of my more recent PFF instructors), there really doesnt seem to be any other reason for backloops except to prove that one can regain stability.
Having to do the backloop, front loop and barrel roll in one jump does not seem to provide any other useful purpose except get the person introduced to the style set for B licence requirement (which again perhaps is merely important for those who wish to compete in style and accuracy-but I am not an expert at this and may be totally off track on my belief on the necesity of doing those all in one jump.


At this point, having been battling this infection (which now is resistant to everything except for cipro-and I've been on it continually for 4 months and it is not getting better-merely keeping it at a tolerable level so I can function-on good days) for longer then i thought i would have energy for, I am getting tired, worn out and starting to get ready to finish the most important goals left in my life-and then allow myself to rest and fly free.

It may sound 'wierd', but I am not afraid of death, certainly I do not want to die, & I'm hating my deal, but reality is, we all will go regardless of what we'd like to think and sometimes it isnt so terrible to know its coming sooner then later-it gives the opportunity to make meaningful decisions and try reaching goals which otherwise may be put off till later for a more 'convenient time' in life.
Too many times I have heard people say, 'i wish i had...".

Fortunate am I, for having been able to do the things I have done, been where I been, met who I've met.... 10 yrs ago I was not blessed with clarity of vision, and was too busy in the daily races of going nowhere.


gimpboogie

Jan 11, 2010, 12:18 AM
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my rigger and I share a deep interest in 'old school skydiving'-and vintage canopies (should I say mine is an obsession CrazyI will reserve him the right to define his interest in that collection on his own )

a vintage or in other words "old school" skydiving canopy.

stratocloud 240.
the 270 wont fit in my container.

and NO its NOT the plasma cloud that most people think of=when they hear the word (which is the interaction of the solar winds with Venus)...

now I did try to tell my DZO if he's so concerned about my butt slide landings, on an old military reserve -it hasn't been jumped in .... let's say "a while" :) but my riggers kept it in his collection because he's just more interested in jumping some of the more 'interesting' vintage canopies...

I told him what my rigger said jokingly-"we could rig up a system like they landed on Mars that rover-under a round parachute, with the rover surrounded by airbag balloons so it could bounce around until it stopped I asked my DZO if he'd like me to try that? :-) "Actually some modern paragliding harnesses have a self inflating airbag under the seat. Sort of an airlock idea - air from the front fills the airbag but if one has a bad landing the air doesn't go out either too fast or slow through the inlet valve. No good in freefall, but if one built one that could be foolproof in staying shut or being opened, that could protect your spine on landing. On the other hand, something like that would actually interfere more with a good sliding landing"...
and NO im not high writing this-my brain just wanders to these things on its own-CLEARLY I DON'T NEED DRUGSLaugh


This to me is as exciting as a 14 sec canopy ride-which clearly was the most exciting time anyone could have in their life....

no butt slide landings there... and maybe a good place to try out the balloon system Sly

but my serious body armor helps as much as i could get for myself (including a NYPD bullet proof vest-which I figured would be useful just incase there's a broken rib that pierces the heart (yes a remote chance-but things more bizarre have happened to people=it just would be a 'shitty way to go in' Unsure).

after this diversion break-back to the sport this forum is for Wink

this jump, with the vintage canopy is seriously one of the most interesting jumps I'm EVER going to do in skydiving-unless I get to jump other vintage canopies-but for those of you who are familiar with them-i cant think of any other one which is 'gimp friendly' for landings-we do need some flare Tongue
as it's been said more often then not-
including by myself just today in another thread-
we must not femur or go in
for others sake...

thus the options for me to try such a canopy is ONLY in the winters or perhaps the spring-into some soft muddy sh*t-I'll take the winters ANY DAY before the muddy option Tongue.


because our planes are not frozen to the ground...

actually i saw Peter Chapman going up there yesterday...Gosh he's not grumpily hibernating!
it was a balmy -16C on the ground and -26C at top floor...

hey what else do you call a 35 sec FF from top floor on a day like that -except 'refreshing' ?


gimpboogie

Jan 11, 2010, 2:17 AM
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 photos are my 'new to me' bashed up used carbon fiber full face helmet gift-awesome people give me things kus my $ source is now down to $89 after rent now that my room mate's gone *that grabbed $500.month from my income having to pay for the house alone-
4 the month LOL! (paid the shipping grabbed 1/4 of my months income-that sure seems insane when I look at in writing)...
but I am not leaving this house living at PST DZ
- here I will stay till I die
which sure contributes to the choices in what kind of jumping I can do when not here.

Here, I can work for my jumps-like the fixing of the jumpsuits in the winters and other chores in the summers-it all adds up in my account, or else i can exchange it for my DZO chopping up boxes of kindling for my wood stove-no $ for hydro-that stuff costs like gold! so I lug piles of wood in daily-its good physio therapy Coolme-which I need-kus honestly for me the most dangerous activity at the DZ would be swinging an axe!

Had I gone to FL, it would of been to a DZ I know someone who works there but that doesn't change the rules we all need to follow

I had wanted to go there this winter,'but with all the 'regulations' with a solo I dont know if any DZ will let me skydive anywhere else except here at home.....regardless if my friend works there -but he's Not the DZO Unsure

This is one reason I'm SO grateful for my DZO kus he lets me do work here to be able to jump! he's truly Angelic.
it would of been a great place to learn more,
keep current @much better then staying here @ home reading riggers course manuals, sewing collars on jumpsuits,'making static lines for A jumps and
looking for those 'warm' winter days to jum-with my lower limb circulation issues, FF in -26C temps plus wind chill will turn these gimp legs into frozen shatter like icicles on landing disadvantages (some things I just cant figure out how to 'overcome)....

so FL would of been an awesome place to go (even though locals feel its cold-but for us Canadians we got hot packs to put in our shoes and gloves even FL cold spells are tolerable), but things being as they are, regulations etc.
I'd end up touring the beaches, getting stuck in the sand while only wishing I'd have something to jump out of from top floor-That i cant tolerate! (the tourist thingy)
I got an invite to go to idaho, got a place to set up house-tent Wink and as they told me "locals enjoy riggin up black death contraptions to fling anyone with physical challenges off the bridge multiple times" no jump tickets to buy-leaves $ to give offerings to these fellows
-with offers to set up house- for me my wheelchair, feeding pumps etc. Shocked.

If it was possible to be jumping in FL I was hoping to stay 3 weeks but to Idaho
I was thinking of going until I get so wrinkled from the water landings that i wont match my passport photo anymore then I will have to come back home.


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grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jan 11, 2010, 1:43 PM
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Hey, Minna, If you make it to Idaho, let me know. I'd love to meet you in person. Your adventures are inspiring. Smile


gimpboogie

Jan 11, 2010, 4:05 PM
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for sure-i will post before I go,'and i am going to go
the only thing that would keep me from going is a cold blue body flat lined for way too long for reflexes to kick in and start working again,

having said that...

i need to go to the hospital tomorrow

nothing horrid-just got to put my stomach back together againm
but if things dont go so well with the blood tests
their going to take out that kidney that is not a happy camper and has decided to prematurely call it quits...

its like an office temp with a bad attitude
this kidney ever since my december hspital days when i had sepsis
it decided to throw in the towel
or perhaps i had hoped put up a sign
"work sucks ive gone skydiving i quit:
but there was no skydiving for me in december,'

i did manage to dive a few ride the slide cartwheels out from 7.5 in Now.

then this stupid stomach decided to start giving me trouble
my inisides been coming out of the hole in my stomach for the last 24 plus hours

so i rigged up a bit of a system to slow down the proces with some clamps, short wooden stickand cotton swabs

thats keeping me intact till i go to the hospital tomorrow AM
there will be a small surgery and if the kidney decided to come back and start at least working on half work load then were going to keep her
otherwise its getting yanked out and tossed in the nearest incinerator


wmw999  (D 6296)

Jan 11, 2010, 6:22 PM
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Good luck tommorrow, and may you not need it.

Wendy P.


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jan 11, 2010, 8:30 PM
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I'd say good luck tomorrow, but you make your own. Your will to live fully is awesome. See you in Idaho one of these days.


gimpboogie

Jan 12, 2010, 4:54 AM
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glad to get this freaken packing spring loaded clamp off my stomach 2nd night now no sleep-it is a bit 'tender' shall I say ;)

thans for your support,

and Granny, I've made my plans,
I will be at twin by memorial day-come watch me jump off the bridge?
yah I will be there earlier-I expect, so no worries.

remind me to PM you my cel #-no calling only text pls cant afford the calls lol so we can connect. :)


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Jan 12, 2010, 9:29 PM
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Hi Minna, I will be there, camera in hand. I'm not ready jumping there......... yet..... but I do think it's something I am going to try one of these days. I'll definitely remind you to give me your number. I'll round up Para-Frog that you've had some exchanges with. I jump with him at Star now and then. Smile


gimpboogie

Jan 13, 2010, 8:22 AM
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I'm retty excited about this.
I applied for and got accepted at a tunnel camp (they only too 12 participants-a camp for women only).

I will be going to montreal for the end of the month.

I have no idea where i will stay, but i know i have to take the greyhound or the train.
i have an expedition quality tent, maybe they will let me pitch it at their parking lot...

now that would be a sight-out from the snow covered round hut crawls the gimp and drags herself in a sled (i use a sled and push with cross country ski poles cut short-dragging my wheehciar behind me-on really wintry days to get to the DZ from my house)....

regardless i dont care if i have to sleep in the corner of the office floor-oohh if theyd onlyy be so generous as to let me! i AM GOING TO THE TUNNEL CAMP!


sinjin  (A 210530)

Jan 13, 2010, 9:46 PM
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im not sure where the tunnel is in montreal, but i have lots of relatives in montreal. if you get the address to the tunnel, and your dates, i may be able to arrange a place for your to stay. pm please so i can make sure i dont miss the post.


gimpboogie

Jan 24, 2010, 12:40 PM
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it was an awesome day jumping yesterday.

last weekend got great video that will be put up in youtube under my friends name
Freeflychild. who jumped with me and took the video.


winter jumping for 'gimps' is very different then walkers.
i am jumping with complete winter survival gear, ready for survival in cold incase i land off.
so im bulky as heck with a ton of gear under my clothing.
which were discussed in my thread earlier detailing the important items necessary.
now to date we havent had others with disabilities coming by and jumping here in the cold weather=where the elements will freeze your knuties off if you freefall in -26C temps for 35+secs then end up a few miles off sitting there in -16C temps till they find you=learning survival is CRITICAL


anyways, this weekend i finally got into the old vintage gear.
i started another thread for my vintage gear jumps-hoping to see how many i can fly-before i have to stop jumping.


now i use a Dynavox communication device to speak with.
for a while id loose my voice when i was very ill but this week tuesday within 4 hours i went to NOTHING not a sound.

GLAD I SAW MY KIDS BEFORE IT HAPPENED so i could talk to the a little.


photos

here-did a bit of 'proximity' flying with my friend and a 'coach'
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KermieCorleone  (C 39300)

Jan 26, 2010, 9:34 AM
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love that last pic ...


gimpboogie

Mar 21, 2010, 4:45 AM
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In reply to:
love that last pic ...

LOL
it was quite the trench i plowed there.

right down to the ground-my knee twisted a little and dug a fairly nice groove into the ground on that one...

thats why I LIKE snow when trying out a new canopy, downsizing and going from a modern canopy to a 30 yr old 7 cell accuracy canopy.. a few steps in one jump there :)
(that's the "hazard with these stiff braces-there is NO give either you make it or you end up with a tib-fib)..

but all is well ...

until its not


gimpboogie

Mar 21, 2010, 4:53 AM
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just a video on 'living the dream' at the DZ in the winters-its not always so easy [In reply to] Can't Post

this video i tossed up to show what i do to get across that 400yard parking lot to get to the main building (yes i really do live at the DZ and yes i really do live in a house -LOL one doctor i went to see said to me 'what are you going to do in the winter?" i asked what he meant by that?" he said "well your a squatter at an airport".. hmm i didnt bother to go back to ask him what made him think i was a squatter).

but some do say, well you got it easy, yes i do!

I ONLY have to travel 400 yards or so to get to the packing rooms and the main buildings but sometimes those 400 yards can be more then a 'chore' to get through -on a COLD january morning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhdhiYH3kA8


KermieCorleone  (C 39300)

Mar 21, 2010, 8:33 AM
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what full face helmet are you using?


gimpboogie

Apr 3, 2010, 10:27 AM
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In reply to:
what full face helmet are you using?

a very old oxygen


gimpboogie

Apr 3, 2010, 10:34 AM
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I did a jump with my friend Eric who came up and made a 2 camera helmet the night before (from stuff I had at home ready to sell but now decided to keep for other projects since we made it into a decent 2 camera helmet overnight).

Eric tested out the stratocloud for me before i was going to jump it (it sat in a basement for 10 yrs without a jump on it, i thought it was a good idea -sometimes it happens).


He jumped with me, and my stragedy was very different on this exit then in skydiving typically.
I do not leave facing the relative wind, rather do my regular B.A.S.E. exit. This seems to work much better for me, except for the almost accidentally hitting Eric in the face-we were close Wink.\


Fun times, Eric is a special friend, and our jumping relationship is real tight, we do a lot of stuff thats important together.
So this jump video is perhaps one of my favorites, and will stand out long in my mind-the day, the fun we had, the night before, building, talking... good times all around.

Thanks Eric!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeaeKoI9jYI


humanflite  (D 99999)

Apr 4, 2010, 1:42 PM
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Great video !!
Cant believe how much your flying has come on!
You rock girl Cool


gimpboogie

Apr 5, 2010, 1:28 AM
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Great video !!
Cant believe how much your flying has come on!
You rock girl Cool

thanks.
that's nice of yah to notice ive workedhard over the year ....

but more importantly,now i get to jump with greater confidence- that was taken before the 1 hour in the tunnel, where i learned other stuff...
but


this was just a boring, in your face stable short FF,
the videos of the other jumps,
trying to sit, and other things...
well they may not end up on you tube,
in my channel.

Sly


grannyinthesky  (D 30311)

Apr 5, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Nice flying. SmileSmile Are you still planning on the bridge in Twin Falls in May?


KermieCorleone  (C 39300)

Apr 6, 2010, 5:35 PM
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In reply to:
what full face helmet are you using?

a very old oxygen

oh ok ... it looks bigger than the current oxygns ...


gimpboogie

Apr 20, 2010, 4:39 AM
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definitely is.

and typically as a helmet it sucks.

its large, it does not seal at the visor to helmet junction,

and Velcro keeping it on my head comes off.. sometimes in the wind tunnel, at which point, your trying to hold on to your helmet with one hand, fly to the door with the other, while trying to get the catcher to figure out what the heck your trying to do, 36 seconds into your 2 min.

but it hasn't happened, since, either in tunnel or in skies.

(it was not a fun 1 min. trying to hold to my helmet for life's sake... had it gone tumbling to the tunnel like a rock in a blender, i don't think i would of been too popular.

that helmet is otherwise a perfectly good helmet.

the lack of a seal, actually allows for some air flow, which keeps things from fogging up.
even under canopy, you can fly to the ground without ever taking it off.

its got a strong snap holding some riggers webbing to the shield and the bottom of chin, to keep the visor in place-that has never failed, and if it does, i loose a useless visor...
so to me it was worth the 26 dollars shipping.

now, on the positive note about the velcro incident,'
'
i had mistakenly put the drawstring too high when i tightened it, and it became fairly loose quickly in the tunnel, would of made me deploy immediately, or accept the liability of where its going to land when i loose it,.. Unsure
hope its a cow not the lady down the street with the horse field i landed on once last summer.

i get to land where ever i feel like having a go look around... now that the obligatory beer is over with...wonder if they would think it was a demo if i landed in the subdivision soccer field down the street?
(probably-take all the fun out of it, it feels like at times, and then your in FF, and you realize for that second, you give yourself the time to allow your mind to wander,
you think...wow, THIS IS LIVING, this is what I PUT UP WITH the rest of the time, to GET THIS.

and it doesn't feel anything other then
'just right'
at that moment, and then the skydive continues, in sequence.

that helmet now is surely put on properly,and i duct tape the velcro when i go in the tunnel.

which i am going for another hour, soon.

2 hours in less then3 months, that is an accomplishment.

and it shows in my flying.

in tunnel, i am now stable enough in belly that i have chosen to take on the free fall progression they do at the tunnel.

back flying is next i believe.



what a difference that one thing can be in my life,

a helmet, not of any use for snother,
was so useful to me.

turned me into a tunnel rat, as much as myself and the sponsors can afford.



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