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Philly215

Aug 21, 2007, 8:14 AM
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I could've sworn you guys jump year round, but now that I think about it I've never noticed seeing jumpers around the winter over here.

Is it just cooincidence? Skydiving is year round, right?

psipike02  (B 29211)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:28 AM
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It depends on what part of the country you're in.
In Colorado, California and Florida, and other "warmer/not as severe winters" - Yes.

For places like Michigan, as long as the temp. on the ground is above 40 degrees and its not a blizzard, yes...

Otherwise no. I can only speak for those places cause i've only jumped in those places. It may be different for other DZ

indyz  (D 28525)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:29 AM
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Where is "over here"?

But yeah, skydiving happens year round in a lot of places. I did 100 jumps between November and March last year in Wisconsin.

Philly215

Aug 21, 2007, 8:30 AM
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Where is "over here"?

But yeah, skydiving happens year round in a lot of places. I did 100 jumps between November and March last year in Wisconsin.

South Jersey.I guess if you jumped in Wisconsin then it's fine here lol

jheadley  (D 28710)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:34 AM
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We jump year round in Virginia. Just dress warmly, it's honestly not that bad.

countzero  (D 32712)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:42 AM
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we jump year round "over here" in Texas.

airtwardo  (D License)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:45 AM
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we jump year round "over here" in Texas.

Yup, in fact we prefer the 'winter' months, less chance of you canopy melting. Wink

peregrinerose  (D 28983)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:47 AM
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I jump in PA year round.

RMURRAY

Aug 21, 2007, 8:49 AM
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we jump all year at baldwin ontario. my personal guideline is down to -12C (that is about 10F) at ground level.

rm

Sled14  (A 48935)

Aug 21, 2007, 9:00 AM
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South Jersey? Crosskeys? I jumped there in the winter, gets pretty damn cold at alt but just wear layers. Pretty good amount of people jumping then

Philly215

Aug 21, 2007, 9:04 AM
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South Jersey? Crosskeys? I jumped there in the winter, gets pretty damn cold at alt but just wear layers. Pretty good amount of people jumping then

Yeah my house in nj is 5 minutes away. I've been watchin them for 14 years now lol

mnskydiver688  (D 30125)

Aug 21, 2007, 10:09 AM
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Up here in North Dakota jumping ceases most of the time. Good chance January through February won't get above 10F and the winds get pretty bad up here. Gives you an excuse to go to FL or AZ though. Haha

ChrisL  (C 35323)

Aug 21, 2007, 11:04 AM
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I could've sworn you guys jump year round, but now that I think about it I've never noticed seeing jumpers around the winter over here.

Is it just cooincidence? Skydiving is year round, right?

I dont jump as much in the winter, but I do jump year round at Cross Keys

CSpenceFLY  (D 25252)

Aug 21, 2007, 11:39 AM
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I jump in PA year round.


Yeah but you people in PA aren't right anyway.

philly51  (D 25269)

Aug 21, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Jumping is year round at Cross Keys, IF enough people show up. Never missed a jumpable day yet.

squarecanopy  (B 29646)

Aug 21, 2007, 12:23 PM
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we jump all year at baldwin ontario. my personal guideline is down to -12C (that is about 10F) at ground level.

rm
Since our field elevation at Mile High is about 5200 ft MSL to start with, we jump on winter days when the ground temp is 50F or above. Below that it is less than 0 degrees at jump altitiude (18,000 MSL) and you are rather susceptible to frostbite. Fullface helmets, layers, and turtlenecks/gloves/ dickies to cover exposed skin are a must some days, but we jump all winter.

Jewels  (Student)

Aug 21, 2007, 12:45 PM
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Since our field elevation at Mile High is about 5200 ft MSL to start with, we jump on winter days when the ground temp is 50F or above. Below that it is less than 0 degrees at jump altitiude (18,000 MSL) and you are rather susceptible to frostbite. Fullface helmets, layers, and turtlenecks/gloves/ dickies to cover exposed skin are a must some days, but we jump all winter.

Some of us will NOT be jumping all winter in conditions like that . . . . Squarecanopy just hasn't been the same since he got frostbite on the brain from jumping in those crazy temps! Tongue

kelpdiver  (B 7)

Aug 21, 2007, 1:15 PM
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we jump all year at baldwin ontario. my personal guideline is down to -12C (that is about 10F) at ground level.

rm
Since our field elevation at Mile High is about 5200 ft MSL to start with, we jump on winter days when the ground temp is 50F or above. Below that it is less than 0 degrees at jump altitiude (18,000 MSL) and you are rather susceptible to frostbite. Fullface helmets, layers, and turtlenecks/gloves/ dickies to cover exposed skin are a must some days, but we jump all winter.

?? Seems like you'd never get acceptable winter conditions then.

Even in California it's not unusual to get sub zero on the exit altitude, and 50-60 on the ground (sea level) is typical. I do recall a December day that was 40 on the ground and fucking cold at 18000, after a long ride in a C206.

pilotdave  (D License)

Aug 21, 2007, 1:24 PM
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Our DZ is the only one in New England that stays open (at least in the recent past) all year round. http://www.skydivingstills.com/keyword/snow

Winter jumping here is fun... but not as fun as in florida. Smile

Dave

raceface  (C License)

Aug 21, 2007, 1:40 PM
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one of my jumps from my log:
date: january, 28th
equip: round canopy, chest reserve
exit: 3750m, -22C
everything ok, just frozen fingers, i think less blood in risen hands under canopy affected it a lot. landed about 500m from target but there was river, woods, road, fence and snow to my knees between me and dropzone Crazy

pictures are from another winter jump
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hackish  (No License)

Aug 21, 2007, 6:06 PM
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At my DZ in Quebec, Canada they occasionally do a January jump, but normally the DZ shuts down in October or November... Someone told me that I'd need a C license to do a winter jump. I don't quite know why but since I'm not even solo yet it's still a way off.

-Michael

fugozzie  (D 28485)

Aug 21, 2007, 6:29 PM
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We Jump year round in CT

FlyinDawg  (A 50873)

Aug 21, 2007, 8:43 PM
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I once jumped within -10 degree at 14,500 at Skydive the Farm in winter time. It's awesome experience but frozen fingertips painful! I didn't wear gloves, tho.

wildfan75  (D 29536)

Aug 22, 2007, 5:49 AM
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Where is "over here"?

But yeah, skydiving happens year round in a lot of places. I did 100 jumps between November and March last year in Wisconsin.

Ditto here. If its warm enough for the planes to start its warm enough to skydive, and the grass runway is take-off-able/landable. The days are much shorter so obviously you end up doing less jumps.

L.O.  (D 16935)

Aug 22, 2007, 5:54 AM
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     We jump all winter here in Wi..

lets just consider for a moment..., you go from a warm building, to a warm airplane, spend aprox. 3+ min exposed to very cold conditions then back into the warm building. It's not so bad. All you have to do is dress accordingly.

lets all just pull up the skirt a little and step up to the plate.

Winter is not so bad. I have at least 1000 jumps below 32 on the ground.

It would be nice if it was always 72, but thats not how the world works. SorryFrown

I am unwilling to give up the sport I love for more then a few days, so here I will be, jumping all winter.

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