Jan 15, 2012, 9:25 AM
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I am new to the sport, just received my a lic... Question regarding packing. Are there any good instructional videos or books? The two packs recomended for the A were informative but I dont feel like I would be comfortable attempting packing without supervision at this point. Any info would be helpful
Ask experienced jumpers for tips @your DZ. If you're really uncomfortable w/it. Pay a packer to work w/you for a couple of hours during a slow weekday. Everyone develops their own way of doing things. You'll find yours. Have fun while you curse ....
There have been threads where packing videos where recommended, just look for them. But frankly said, I'm not a fan of videos. Looks and feel "logic" as long as you watch them but once you try to pack that stubborn huge piece of fabric you're stumped. OK, might be just me. I'm more the practical type of guy. Came to the DZ when the weather was lousy. Had a guy show me how to pack. Well, wanted him to but he had me pack the damned circus tent five times in a row. Gave me loads of valuable advice by showing and then having me do it. Helped me more than the "Pack like a pro" video I had watched several times before. But again, could just be me. But if you're also the more practical guy, now's the time if you are not in one of the warmer states. Go to the DZ and have an old fart help you. If it's a true old fart he will do so and just for one beer as my mentor was only willing to accept.
I would sit at the DZ and pack for practice on weather days. After one particularly frustrating day I was watching the PD packing video and that seemed to make a lot of sense to me. I pack using that method now and it works solidly for me. :)