BigMikeH77

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    MHSC - Longmont, Colorado
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  1. Good write up, but I think it's uncouth to subjectively classify certain manufacturers as preferred. That being said, I'm going to go ahead and put in a good word for Peregrine Manufacturing, or "Perigrees". The staff there builds a quality product and has Tier-A service. They have decades of experience in the sport. I personally jump one of their containers.
  2. By "Best" I mean prettiest, best weather, surrounding area, etc. What's your favourite sunset load?
  3. Congratulations, and welcome! You'll find a ton of great people here in Colorado and yes - iFly right up 25 from the Springs is a luxury that many don't have.
  4. Another thing you should (IMO) take into consideration... Where is your home DZ? Are you jumping near sea level, or are you jumping at higher altitudes? At my home DZ, I've seen the density altitude in the summer hit 8,700'... I'm sure it has been even higher. There have been many hot and humid days when I'm OK with flying my 210 sky barge.
  5. I know many people with Harness/Container systems DOM late nineties. My main DOM is 1998 and I just had it relined. The best thing for you to do is research and then absolutely insist that any potential seller ship the item to your trusted rigger for a complete inspection prior to sale. Then take that advice and talk to someone who knows how much all that gear SHOULD be worth, then start negotiating. You'll have more wiggle room with price, generally, with older systems as opposed to newer ones.
  6. You are starting to sound like Kim Gibbs, championing a lost cause to the point of self destruction. You don't want to be like her, do you? Just accept the lesson to be learned, give yourself extra time when traveling, bring your x-ray card (which you already said you'll do) and go be a kick-ass skydiver
  7. Because ALL international agreements/treaties/shit like that are drafted in French. Has always been. I'm not trying to be obtuse, but I knew about the X-Ray card before I even owned my own rig. I think you just didn't plan very well and, as a result, had this unfortunate experience.
  8. Just another perk of living in Colorado, waterlogged to bone dry overnight - hanging inside. Now as far as hot dog buns go... :-/
  9. I washed my main toggles... and the sink looked like it had backed-up sewer water. TOGGLES.
  10. Prepare to be grossed out. You'll be amazed at the amount of nastiness to come out of that H/C.
  11. Especially as the end of the "busy" season approaches. There are going to be plenty of larger canopies and H/C's for sale in the weeks to come.
  12. If you simply don't turn off the audible, it will go into standby mode (as it were) that continues to measure barometric pressure, but at a greatly slower rate, until it detects you are in an aircraft again and on your way up. At that time, it becomes active again and retains the last settings used. This is true for both the OptimaII and SoloII. It's always a good idea to check your audible settings as a part of your pre-jump gear checks and to know what those beeps on the way up mean, too
  13. I've owned both the OptimaII and SoloII. When dormant but powered on, the unit takes a pressure measurement once every x seconds. Once a significant change in pressure is detected it starts taking measurements at 30 times a second (or something close to that). So if you leave your audible on, it's more like a standby mode. For good measure, I try to remember to always turn mine off at the end of the day or once I get home. Listen for the LoBatt warning beeps on the ride up to signal to you that it's time for a replace. The L&B manuals can be found HERE, if you need.
  14. You know, it never really hurts to go to the Dr. and get a periodic checkup. You might learn that your triglycerides are high, or that your HDL is low. Have em' toss in the regular peace of mind tests, mention your interesting skydiving experience and your interested in pursuing the student progression... I'm not only a layman but a low number jumper so take this FWIW; it DOES sound like you were just anxious (i.e. scared out of your gourd) and that the tandem harness made you a little uncomfortable. This eventually becomes great fun. In addition to visiting the doctor, why not head back to the dropzone and watch for a couple of hours? I'm 100 per cent positive that if you mention to others your freaky feelings and experiences on tandem that you'll find folks with similar experiences.