I definitely have to admit how much of a pussy I am...
I dont think I ever want to land in that much snow. Not so much because of the snow but because it HAS to be DAMN cold at altitude.
yesterday wasnt too bad-i jumed with -10C on the ground and -17c (plus wind chill) at altitude but last weekends jump I went higher and it was cold.
it was -16C on the ground and -26C st altitude. add the wind chill and ANY EXPOSED SKIN FREEZES IMMEDIATELY.
thats why were Canadians= we got genetics for this sh*t..
and me-i got an advantage im a FINN so having grown up above the acrtic circle in Finland, where these temps we got here are the warmer days and we go out to play (as kids if it was only -26coutside we'd be kicked outside to spend the day playing kus it was 'warm'
I am a SAAMI, (laplander the english call us), I was raised above the artic circle-we lived a semi nomadic lifestyle. in the summers we had a wooden hut for a home but in the winter we followed out reindeer herds, (reindeer herding has been in our generations for hundreds of yrs) so we lived in tents made from reindeer skins-dug outs in the snow, ]loved off sucking on salted fish tails by the end of the season if it was a rough one.
i was 7 before i saw my 1st flush toilet and car- (i will always remember the day i was looking at the car and wondered where do you hook up the reindeer).
but back to Canadian winters,, this-where i live now-this is mild-its SOUTHERN ONTARIO for g*ds sake-this is not cold or ;'wintery' at all in comparison to Thunder Bay where I lived prior,
there I was in the coldest temps on the ground I've ever experienced in Canada -46C!!!!!!!!!!!
My mind was all ready on the next parachutes I would like to get my hands on and jump:
the Cruisair, which I think was manufactured in 1978, which was soon replaced by the Cruiselite.
Those ones perhaps for most would be boring to jump-but I do have to stay away from the real interesting ones such as the Paracommander's etc.
because after all being paralyzed and the whole butt slide landing thing wont work so well with a lot of the other parachutes that I would love to try otherwise -but honestly-just as important is the fact that I PROMISED ANGUS I WONT JUMP A PARACOMMANSER
-i rarely say "i wont" to anyone (BUT IF ANGUS ASKS ME NOT TO-I WONT-I OWE HIM THAT)
I would also like to jump these:
The military MT-1 had a civilian counterpart the Sport which was also produced in 1978, but soon to be replaced by the XL Cloud.
Then of course I'd like to wear those old jumpsuits Pioneer Parachute Company made-with the double zippers and those boots they used to call 'frenchies' apparently those boots were air cushioned so if you stepped on a nail you'd be walking listing like a sailor at sea.
now if I could go back in time, it would be Glen Martin who I wold like to meet. AT the age of 6, (and I would be 6 also-and my twin brother would be alive and we would play with Glen's box style kites-because every kid laughed at him for making them-until they saw that these kites worked-we would of been friends with Glen) As i had read he began making kites at age 6 and used sails on everything from skates, wagons and even on his bicycle-he of course went on to manufacture parachutes!
oh muh lord! And we were complaining down here when we reached about 0C!! I think it got down to may -1C and we were all complaining about how bad the jump was going to suck. But, like you said, I DON'T have the genetics for that. I was born and raised in Florida. Give me 37C summer, and I'm good.