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virgin-burner

"stay safe out there!"

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looks like we've had one of the toughest weeks in skydiving and BASEjumping..

6 dead in 7 days is way overboard!

is it just me, or is this pretty recurring, end of summer, everyone's super current, wants to get a good last run in.. and then fucks up. or it's right at the beginning of the season.

i dont have words, except: "stay safe out there!".
“Some may never live, but the crazy never die.”
-Hunter S. Thompson
"No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try."
-Yoda

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Great point about complacency – it kills. I jump at a tandem factory with a total of 8 jumpers. We have our process dialed in tight from working it all summer. Everything is buttery smooth at this point. But in the last week and a half we’ve had 3 chops and several canopy conflicts low in the pattern with one resulting in a last minute change of direction that sent a tandem into the high brush.

But right along with complacency we also have to worry about burn out. Especially for instructors that are at seasonal DZs and hitting it hard before the winter comes. It’s easy to wear yourself out and not know it. If you’ve never experienced burnout before the warning signs can be very difficult to recognize. Please keep an eye on each other. Watch your buddy for signs of slowing down and loss of sharpness. Day dreaming and forgetting simple things can be indicators as well.

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The brave may not live forever, but the timid never live at all.

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virgin-burner


is it just me, or is this pretty recurring, end of summer, everyone's super current, wants to get a good last run in.. and then fucks up. or it's right at the beginning of the season.



Yep, I paralyzed myself on the last jump of the season in 2011 after making like 400 jumps in the previous two months. I was very fixated on making the gates and making my last jump for the year perfect and memorable... It was.

Stay safe out there

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