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  1. base428

    New River Gorge Bridge

    The New River Gorge Bridge is the site for Bridge Day, a legal BASE jumping festival held on the third Saturday of October every year near Fayetteville, WV. With 450 jumpers from 40 states and 10 countries, it's the largest BASE jumping event in the world (since 1980). Participants must have 100 skydives and jumped in the last two years. 20-25% of all jumpers are first time BASE jumpers and we offer several first BASE jump courses. We've got a diving board for the more experienced jumpers and a normal 10' wide launch platform located more than 876' off the New River. Please visit our website for further information.
  2. base428

    Class Action Lawsuit - NPS

    Permit Denial #1 Permit Denial #2 Fred Morelli talked about a lawsuit against the NPS more than five years ago. I'll give him a call/email and find out more. The bottom line is that our group is small, but we need to be loud. It would take a major commitment and lots of $ to pursue a lawsuit. Proper use of the media would be critical to be heard. Are jumpers ready to donate time and money to the cause? Maybe, maybe not.....
  3. We will have a currency requirement for PARACHUTE jumps (not restricted to BASE jumps), since many people at Bridge Day will have no prior BASE jumps. This information will be available shortly at www.bridgeday.info.
  4. base428

    Watch Out!!!!!

    Huh? NPS and DOH were not happy with Bridge Day? Where did you come up with that, because the NPS has always disliked BD? Off-season busts will never affect BD, period. Yep, Monday's busts are making the AP wire. Must be a SLOW news week.
  5. Thanks for the explanation. If a jumper has no medical or rescue insurance, would they be wasting their money on the Air Glacier Insurance?
  6. base428

    What happen to the WV girl?

    Guilt? None.
  7. base428

    What happen to the WV girl?

    We pulled her badge Thursday night. Story here: http://sundaygazettemail.com/section/News/2006102040
  8. There is no doubt that Bridge Day will attract new jumpers to the sport. On the other hand, some will realize it's not for them. Many jumpers will be excited to provide additional training to you in preparation for your 2nd BASE jump, and others will be upset that their secret sport has yet another member. Regardless of which path you choose to take in your parachuting career, do what is best for you and for the sport. Listen to those with wisdom and guidance. Ignore those who are negative and hateful. Have fun and be safe. Hopefully I can share an exit point with you somewhere in the future.
  9. base428

    New River Gorge water levels

    I haven't checked lately, but have heard nothing about the water levels being abnormally high or low. We've had rain off and on in the last month, so I would assume there are some shoreline landing areas open. But it takes a near drought to expose the sand bar. PS. We have more injuries when the water is low.
  10. base428

    NPS Permits

    I've received four permits for Bridge Day. Two of them (2003, 2004) are here: http://www.bridgeday.info/nps.php Here are two denials (one written, one on my answering machine): http://vertical-visions.com/documents/Yosemite_Permit_Request_2005.pdf http://vertical-visions.com/audio/yosemite_permit_denial.wav In my opinion, you need the help of your Congressman or lawyer to get a permit outside of Bridge Day. And I've already tried the Congressman approach (apparently he's got more important things to do). You might make more progress by organizing a packing protest or bugging your elected officials.
  11. base428

    Who is this BASE jumper?

    Eric Ryde. 100% sure.
  12. base428

    Aerial cameraman at Bridge Day

    Along those same lines, I am looking for someone to film or help film Bridge Day 2006. Triax recently cancelled. You and/or your team can film the event for me and I will edit and distribute, or you can film/edit/distribute the event yourself. Email me if interested (click on BASE428 at left for email address).
  13. base428

    sold out

    One hour sounds pretty normal, at least in the last few years. The waiting list is a good thing to be on, as several rooms always open up in the next few weeks. The Holiday Inn must contractually hold 15+ rooms for a military commitment, but they're usually released to the waiting list shortly before Bridge Day. Don't forget, you can also camp at the Holiday Inn and still have hot showers each day. Let me know if anyone has any questions or needs assistance with hotels.
  14. base428

    Bridge Day 2006 Video Festival

    Check out the link that Donk listed above - it includes the judging criteria (same as last year). Cya.
  15. base428

    Breakdown of Canopy Usage at Bridge Day 2006

    That's some funny stuff. I knew I could get someone to fall for that. While being the most popular doesn't always equate to being the best, we can see a lot from this analysis. And I'm sure the manufacturers might be interested in knowing a rough estimate of their market share as well. Bridge Day is a pretty good representation of the BASE community with new and old jumpers attending each year. So I would assume that these numbers aren't off by that much when extrapolated to the entire BASE community. Stay tuned.....harness/containers will be posted shortly. PS. Who makes the "Aquila" canopy? Never heard of it.