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  1. These things are growing like weeds in the DC market! This will be the 3rd less than an hour from my house (and this one is one 20 minutes)
  2. Way to go Moe! Nice interview. Its also nice to hear TandemBASE getting some play. Just like Moe says, everyone wants to do the coolest, baddest thing right now. Thats why we made TandemBASE, so people can see what BASE is all about. Tree
  3. I was sad to hear the news of Gordon Riner's passing. Gordon ran several drop zones including Parachutes Are Fun where I and thousands of other jumpers learned to skydive. There are so many great stories about Gordon and PAF. He loved skydiving and loved to see people having fun in the sky. I remember Gordon would often ask people who had just made their 1st jump if they wanted to make another jump. If they answered "I don't have they money", he would tell them he didn't ask them about money and send them up to make another jump on credit. He was the last of a special breed of jumpers and I am lucky to have learned to jump at his drop zone. BSBD A link to the newspaper story.
  4. Damn it feels good to be a gangsta! That is an awesome picture. Hey, at least they are already getting out last, and no more getting hosed on a long spot. Should make for an interesting time videoing them though. As for a good idea? I've shot a lot of tandem video and it would not take long to have this turn to shit in a hurry when the student does not do their job. Cya!
  5. Thanks everyone. I'll try a few things, call Mark, and hope for the best. Its got to be something simple and stupid.
  6. Hello riggers, I moved my 269w across town and when I set it back up it started to run, did 2 or 3 of the straight stitches and then stopped. The clutch will engage and I can disengage with the button on the left side of the machine, but she won't do anything. I can counter rotate the upper shaft about 90 degrees, and then back forward 90 degrees, but thats it. It worked fine before the move and was not dropped or anything. Stumped in Idaho
  7. Hey math genius, 10% of $60 million is $6 million. 10% of $6 million is $600k. If you all think that the lawyer is a worthless piece of shit (like pretty much all contingency based plaintiff lawyers), give him a call with "information pertinent to the case". His number was listed in the complaint, and I am sure he would love to speak with a few thousand experienced jumpers, that is if his lines were not so jambed that he could not conduct other business.
  8. I guess base has really progressed when a guy with 11 student base jumps can start giving base instruction, and a guy with 1 base jump gives him a raving review. I don't care how many videos that Sonic has watched, or how many skydives he has, or how much he has talked to actual base jumpers. He is unqualified to be even talking about base jumping, much less instructing people on it. Forget about the rig that is nothing more than a copy of all the other 2 pin rigs on the market; it is irrelevant to the issue of a completely inexperienced base jumper trying to re-invent himself as a base instructor. (PS: I've know Sonic since 99' through swooping, something he is highly qualified to instruct in) Would you let a guy with 11 skydives teach skydiving, even if he was a world champion paraglider? Of course not. the fact is Sonic knows as much about base as a 15 year old Mountain Dew addict who has watched 1000 videos on youtube. Pretty much nothing because you don't learn about an activity by watching, you learn about it by doing. Sonic: Leave base jumping to base jumpers. Better yet, take a couple years and go out and make several hundred jumps from dozens of different objects, you know, actual base jumps. Thats not asking much when you are playing with peoples lives. You don't know shit and other people are going to pay the price for ego and $$$. Here is what I imagine an interview with Sonic about this would sound like: Regis: So Sonic how many base jumps do you have? Sonic: 11, but they were 11 really hard jumps. Everyone knows that NRGB and Perrine are advanced sites. If I was aloud to I would jump a really tall cliff because thats high enough to be an actual skydive, and I really do know something about that. Regis: So with these 11 jumps you felt experienced enough to not only design gear, but to create an instruction course? Sonic: Absolutely! You see I have over 5000 skydives, and when you skydive you use a parachute. When you base jump you use a parachute. See? Regis: See what? Sonic: Its just a parachute whether you skydive it or base jump it. Regis: Are you a skydiving instructor? Sonic: I have over 5000 skydives. Regis: OK. So I understand that you are an FAA certified master rigger? Sonic: Absolutely! Regis: How many rigs have you personally sewed together, and jumped? Sonic: Well, none, unless you count the old Racer that I made a 3 pin bridle for. Thats why I got the people at Jump Shack to build them for me. Its not really a base rig, its just a 50 year old skydiving harness with an old belly wart reserve. But hey, a parachute is a parachute when you're skydiving. Regis: You mean base jumping? Sonic: Whatever, same thing, still with a parachute, right? Regis: Uh, yeah. So will you ever make a base jump off anything other than a simple bridge? Sonic: Absolutely not. Thats illegal and I'm not about all of that sneaking around stuff. For myself and my target customers its all about legal skybasing, err parachuting. You know, jumping. Regis: So if a cliff, building, or antenna were legal you would jump it? Sonic: Absolutely not. I've only got 11 jumps from bridges, are you crazy? Besides, I'm not aloud to jump that stuff; you could get really hurt or killed doing that Regis: But you are willing to instruct students on how to do just that? Sonci: Absolutely! You know the old saying, those who can do, those who can't teach? Regis: Uh yeah. So do you see any kind of credibility problem with the fact that you don't and never want to actually go out and base jump? Sonic: Absolutely not. I have over 5000 skydives. BASE610
  9. Damn Colon, this is the funniest shit on the internet since Glad your back at it. Tree
  10. Hi John, This is for a building access rig to get through metal detectors. Even if they only last a few jumps, plastic would be fine. I've picked up a few ideas and will test them before the intended use. For those that asked, there is no hump on your back. They pack up long and flat. Thanks for the help
  11. No one is smuggling anything. Anyone with actual answers to the question are encouraged to respond. All others take witty banter to the bonfire.
  12. Hi all, Does anyone have any ideas about non-metallic slider grommets? Carbon, ceramic, nylon? Maybe not even grommets, perhaps rings that could used like on a RDS? Every other piece of metal on a rig can be easily removed, but I could use some ideas for the slider. Thanks
  13. Sign me up. I've got nearly 30 years on skis and fly a VX @ 2.4. I've been wanting to do that since the Pro Para-Blade days. Looks like a good weekend trip to plan for. Cya
  14. Yo feral, I thought you were running the prison, not an inmate. WTF! We are working on baking a cake that is "stealth" to metal detectors, so we should have you out of there soon. Cya!
  15. I would leave it the same. The convenience of having only one site to visit is what I think helped the Base zone put the nail in the coffin of blinc. The sports are interrelated, not withstanding some people's efforts to push the sport on those folks who have not prepared for it by skydiving. There are already competing stand alone base sites, and the traffic their is minimal. I would like to see the ban list go away, a clean slate, and additional moderators, if only to not have to listen all the whining about moderation.
  16. Hey Tony, I didn't mention any names and I got the report from someone who was there (not Tom). There is a pattern of behavior here that others should not look up to or seek to copy. I have only referred to that behavior as to avoid a bunch of internet crybaby BS. If someone repeatly does foolish things and gets other people or themselves hurt, I think its worth commenting on. Leaving an object with visably tangled lines after being told not to go is pretty foolish. Being "that guy" at the same object, at the same event, doing the same kind of jump (unpacked) two years running should be a wake up call. If not to the jumper involved, to the people who might think his way of doing things is "cool dude". If we can't discuss incidents (without using names) without upsetting people, how exactly are people supposed to read about what is or isn't working? Try to think only about what happened and not who it it happened to. That was the only thing being mentioned.
  17. It seems that the best of the worst this year was some knucklehead who tried to do a reverse rollover (do an I-rock dude) and managed to do it with an entire line (group) over, and spiraled all the way into the ground. Apparently sheer dumb luck won out over complete lack of skill or common sense and saved him from seriously injury.
  18. Treejumps

    Red Lake Base Jump

    Sweet jump. Keep up the good work, and come visit sometime. Cya
  19. Bingo! Europe is as close as you can get to a base park. Frankfurt in particular sounds like one.
  20. *** I've been eligable for a BASE # for way over a year now, and you know what? I haven't even thought of sending my info into whoever does that list. I guess you don't know who keeps the # list just like you didn't know who kept the BFL. You've been talking about base for a year or 2 now about how its the next big thing. May it was for you, but its been around in the same form for a long time. If you have jumpers multiplying all over Norcal, its because you are pushing the sport on people so they can see how rad you are. BASE parks? There isn't even one in the planning stages. They economics are not even close to being workable. Economic and business reality eludes you if you really believe that these things are coming "all over the world" Fortunately there are level headed jumpers out there getting events organized at really nice objects. They are the true stuwarts of the sports and are the ones making things happen for others.
  21. Yo Jason, We got number 2 on the way now too. Group hug when you come visit. Cya
  22. If I go in on a jump, please give credit where credit is due and put me on the list. The list will go on, and if you go in, you will go on the list.
  23. That is some funny shit. Don't worry about those people's feelings. They Honestly don't give a fuck.
  24. One thing is for sure now Jimmy, Your buddy will be remembered now as the catalyst for the grand theft of the history of base. I never knew the guy, but I doubt seriously that anyone would want to be responsible for this. Again I'm sorry that you lost someone important to you. However, I really can't believe Mr. rad, Mr. I don't give a fuck, Mr. Nothing matters to me is now Mr. boo hoo hoo. Poor me I lost my friend and now I have to lash out at the world. If it hurts, its because its suposed to. Its how its supposed to feel. Its the real world. Its BASE. Don't give in to the softies Nick. BASE is hard and so are you!