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steve1  (D 23640)

Jan 14, 2011, 10:09 AM
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Are their any young "Whipper Snappers" who know what that means?..... If you are pushing 60 you are ineligible.

How about, "Do you have some Portia's that I could borrow?"

If you jumped during the 70's you probably know these terms well....

I quit jumping for years and years and then started up again. I was jumping my old gear of course. I showed up with my b-12 container, double zipper jump suit, belly wart, and motorcycle helmet.

Everyone was looking at me with concern...About then I asked another old jumper if he had an extra pair of portias that I could use. He about cracked up laughing. Those things were long since extinct.....


airtwardo  (D License)

Jan 14, 2011, 10:17 AM
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Laugh ~I know! Wink

I stopped at at SDC last year, I had a rig but no jumpsuit with me so I grabbed my ole White Double Zipper from my mom's house...they looked at me like I was from MARS! Sly

Suit still FLYS great!! Blush


JDutton  (C 10094)

Jan 14, 2011, 10:58 AM
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I still have some old portia's that I kept for old time's sake. My double-zipper Strong jumpsuit is in great shape, too - but it has shrunk somehow...


patmoore  (D 1814)

Jan 14, 2011, 11:26 AM
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I was thinking about the Portias the other day. I was contemplating their use over my contacts while ski and snowboard racing. Unless it's really cold I don't need full sized goggles.


steve1  (D 23640)

Jan 14, 2011, 11:43 AM
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I always enjoyed skiing on the edge....going way too fast was fun. Wiping out on hard pack, was no fun, but you soon forgot all about that, and went back to skiing sometimes out of control.

Another old jumper I know skiis that way too. I kept encouraging him to go fast....Two winters ago he broke his neck bad!

He still skydives, but I'm not so sure about the skiing. I've tried to slow down when I'm on the hill since then.

I keep telling everyone that I don't want to fall and break a hip. When you get old you have to worry about stuff like that. I can still beat my daughters to the bottom of the hill though, so I'm not all washed up yet.

I never used portias for skiing. They might work okay....I have jumped them when it was way below freezing. I can't remember them fogging up much.


JohnRich  (D License)

Jan 14, 2011, 12:23 PM
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I was jumping my old gear of course. I showed up with my b-12 container, double zipper jump suit, belly wart, and motorcycle helmet...

What, no French paraboots?


patmoore  (D 1814)

Jan 14, 2011, 12:48 PM
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I always enjoyed skiing on the edge....going way too fast was fun. Wiping out on hard pack, was no fun, but you soon forgot all about that, and went back to skiing sometimes out of control.

Another old jumper I know skiis that way too. I kept encouraging him to go fast....Two winters ago he broke his neck bad!

He still skydives, but I'm not so sure about the skiing. I've tried to slow down when I'm on the hill since then.

I keep telling everyone that I don't want to fall and break a hip. When you get old you have to worry about stuff like that. I can still beat my daughters to the bottom of the hill though, so I'm not all washed up yet.

I never used portias for skiing. They might work okay....I have jumped them when it was way below freezing. I can't remember them fogging up much.
Skiing and snowboarding have pretty much taken over my life. I even got my fifteen minutes of fame in a 2008 issue of Ski Racing Magazine.


mccurley  (E 663)

Jan 14, 2011, 5:01 PM
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Getting the young wuffo chicks to stand tension while you packed gave you a chance to chat them up.

Ah the good old daysCool


steve1  (D 23640)

Jan 18, 2011, 9:02 AM
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What, no French paraboots?
Oh, yeah. I had them too. They were long since out of fashion though. I guess I looked like a reincarnated skydiver....

I had a buddy that was making his first few jumps at the time. I later loaned those boots to him, because I figured he needed them more. I decided that I could jump a P.C. with tennis shoes.

A few jumps later, I had a malfunction and tried to land a wildly oscillating 24 ft. reserve into a rock pile. I sprained both ankles bad. I limped back up to the air strip, and caught a ride back to the hanger in our plane. I think I would have been okay, if I had only had my frenchies. I loved those old boots....



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