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  1. Any good TI with lots of Hand-Cam experience will tell you that when shit hits the fan BOTH of his or her hands immediately become totally dedicated to flying/living/pulling/wrestling... Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  2. KL Tower is a famous building in Malaysia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_Lumpur_Tower Yes, definitely had a lift, and it was over 24 hours for a Guinness Record attempt that 3 hours of rain unfortunately made basically impossible. Back to SKY jumping, I agree with you guys that 10 out of a Cessna 182 is brutal due to the extra effort getting them out of the plane. Although a lightly loaded 206 with the roll door is awesome. Plus here in Florida, the heat is a factor and the longer the day the more you are tapping into your reserves... damn I sound like an old F$%^ approaching 40 don't I ?? Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  3. I now have 1,712 tandems and like others have said if the wind is clean, from the right direction, and you have shaggers who are willing to run, then jumping in 20ish is dobale but definitely draining. My most tandems in one day: 17 from a Super King Air Most jumps in a day: 21 BASE jumps from the KL Tower Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  4. Bought the suit used, have only jumped it 4 or 5 times so far, but finally got a really solid flight out of it. When I landed, guys on the ground said they could me screaming across the sky.
  5. I also got an email from that dipshit!! ____________________________________________ Hi GreenMachine, On 1-Mar-2008 someone submitted their contact information in response to your ad in the Dropzone.com Classifieds. Please reply to this email to contact the person directly. Username => moorepeter26 URL => http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/detail_page.cgi?ID=59174&d=1 Name => Peter Moore FromEmail => [email protected] City => Los Angeles Country => United State Comments => Greetings, I am Peter Moore By Name. I will like to make purchase of your Canopy pasted for sale on the internet.canopy Mind you, My Only mode of payment will be by US CASHIER CHECK/MONEY ORDER If still Available for sale and you accept my mode of Payment, Do get back to me with the details below: 1. FINAL SELLING PRICE ? 2. PRESENT WORKING CONDITION ? 3. HOW LONG HAVE YOU OWNED IT ? 4. SEND NEW PHOTOS OF THE ITEM ? Awaiting your quick response towards my inquiry. Regards, Peter M. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  6. This is all very sad On 05/12/2007 I had the opportunity to visit Skydive Kapowsin. Met the Farringtons, hung out with the regulars, talked BASE with the locals, and enjoyed 5 skydives with Andy, Kerri, and the gang. Everyone was super cool and Mrs. Farrington was the nicest DZO! Fly Free Friends! Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  7. Wow, this thread is a blast from the past
  8. Whatever you do, don't get pulled over in VA! Traffic patrols have long been known as roving tax collectors. But in Virginia, they really are collecting taxes. Starting July 1, an array of traffic offenses, from expired licenses to speeding, come with a "civil remedial fee" attached. That means a motorist convicted of reckless driving (75 mph in a 55 zone would qualify) faces not only a fine of up to $2,500 and a year in jail, but a non-negotiable $350-a-year tax for three years. The law forbids judges from waiving or reducing the fee. Drunken driving? A fee of $1,000 a year for three years, plus fines and court costs. No insurance? That's $300 a year for three years, plus fines. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  9. would the ACLU be interested in representing our cause Maybe we could get some support from the "Hemlock Society" Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  10. I saw the Jetpack fly once at a swoop event in Panama City Beach, Florida a few years ago. I highly doubt they loan them out since timing is very crucial, once you run out of fuel you're comin' down where ever you are. Plus I think I remember hearing that the fuel for it is kind of pricey. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  11. The orthopedic surgeon who re-built my right leg after a motorcycle crash did his residency in Arizona and treated many injured jumpers. He told me the most common statement made by his patients was: "I was real tired, but it was gonna be my last jump for the day". Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  12. Hey Dave, Hope all is well and send us an update! After all of that running you will be racing Miles out of the canyon Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  13. I believe "Autoset" is referring to skydiving gear and not BASE, hence my comments are in that vein: The amount of force required to cut-away is not really affected by the width of the riser. The size & shape of the rings has an affect (or Aerodyne would not have modified their middle ring) but I doubt it would be a very noticeable difference during a malfunction. In physics and life there are always trade offs --- think of a motorcycle versus an SUV -- different speeds, cost, consumption of gas, freedom of movement, etc. Or take 2 different body types -- tall and thin works great for long distance running while strong & stocky works better for rugby. If you want to lift a heavy load one can use pulleys to create a mechanical advantage. Well the 3 ring system works like that in reverse. Each ring takes less force than the previous one. Think about it, the rings are metal but the last one is held in place by a loop of fabric, and that is held in place by a thin, yellow, plastic cable. Mini risers are thinner so they have less drag, weigh less, and are probably easier to manipulate under canopy but can break when put under a sufficient load. Wide risers are more stout so they can take more weight/force -- hence they are used on tandem gear, base gear, & student gear. I doubt many experienced skydivers think of mini risers as a fashion statement Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  14. Glad you enjoyed your jump & the positive side affects! O0h Yeah --- bicycles beat TV any day Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  15. Was the collapse and subsequent fall from 40 feet following a skydive or a BASE jump? Either way I'm real glad you are alright. Since the original post was by a newbie skydiver worried about hard openings and landings, my reply was kinda of skewed towards him. After the stuff I saw at the Perrine Memorial day 2006 I totally understand the value in wearing good protective equipment. As it has been said:Pad Up, Pound In Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  16. Occasionally sarcasm is witty & funny but more often than not it is a poor attempt at humor. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  17. Out of laziness, here is one post replying to several statements above. think they could help prevent broken ribs too? I do not own one of these but from looking at the picture and experience with chest protectors in other sports, yes the armor looks like it would protect your ribs from front and rear, but not from the sides. armor will come handy in case of a PLF Sure, but properly performing a good PLF should help you more than the padding. Practice them often. The movement should be smooth and fluid. if you are doing 10-15 jumps for a day I think if this guy was getting that kind of experience he would not need body armor any canopy can give hard openings True. I have hammered myself several times and almost all of them were my errors. 2 Examples: used regular rubber bands instead of micro on my first canopy and only 18 months ago I took a BASE canopy out of a cessna slider down. Practice packing, have someone else watch and give you input. good ankle protector boots Good suggestion. The kind of injuries more commonly seen from landings are damage to the legs and tail bone, not so much the ribs. anyone heard about broken ribs from hard opening I have had broken ribs but never from a parachute, kind of hard to imagine that. However, I do remember hearing a story once about a female jumper suffering chest damage from a severe opening. In flare NAV200 levels out when your hands are at hip level If this is working for you bro then cool, but honestly this is not accurate. The steering lines on any parachute can be adjusted to length by placement of the toggle plus risers come in different lenghts. Not everyone's arms are the same length. And to top it all off, the force of the wind would affect the amount of input needed for a tip toe Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  18. You teach a kid how to shoot before you let them go out on their own with a gun. You teach a teenager how to drive before you let them go out on their own and drive. You teach a new skydiver how to fly stable and maintain altitude awareness before you let them go out and jump on their own. It only makes sense that one would ask a few simple questions before giving them a BASE rig. I'm a newbie, have gone through it myself, and have never felt bad or slighted about talking for 5 minutes with a fellow jumper about my limited experience. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  19. Good shots man, thanks for sharing. I noticed in most of them the platform was absent. Was it removed during part of the weekend? Curious if there are any possible complications associated with deploying really head high? I know it is much better than going head low but some of them seemed extreme. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  20. Hey Zoter, FYI --- I never could access those files. As for securely attaching to an achor that is some distance from the exit point. Couldn't you make a line out of some 550 cord and then attach your 80lb. break-cord to that line? This of course is not based on experience, so I hope other guys will chime in, but since 550 cord is relatively cheap you could use one per jump if necessary, it is rated for way more than the 80+ pounds of resistance you need, and making a lenght of it exactly the size needed would be simple. I'd probably make a loop on each end so you can quickly slip knot / lark's head / half hitch it to the anchor and to your static line set-up. As for the knots, well the climber's figure 8 would work but my natural inclination would be to use a surgeon's knot followed by an over hand knot. Maybe a climber can confirm wether this would be good or bad. __________________________________________________ After re-reading the thread I saw that Hydroguy and Tom A both suggested very similiar solutions, only they indicated using a more stout runner than 550 paracord, maybe for a good reason. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  21. Hello Curiouslykate, No bother and no apology needed, but thank you anyways. FYI: I am a newbie myself with only 7 BASE jumps from 1 object. My post was more about focusing on learning what you need to safely skydive so you will be alive in 200+ jumps when it is time to venture over to the darkside
  22. One night many years ago I am out in a bar with a friend of mine, we start chatting up some chicks and being in a college town the "what's your major" topic of course came up. At the time I was in grad school studying economics and said so. My buddy says he is going to do" Psychological profiling for Interpol". Naturally not wanting to cock-block a good friend I said nothing, but once we were on our own I laughed my ass off razzing him because at the moment he was in like his 3rd semester of community college studying basic math and english and doing that poorly. As someone who teaches people to skydive, I personally think a student needs to focus on the important subject matter at hand and not be distracted by the "IDEA" that they will be BASE jumping in 200 jumps. Don't get me wrong, once someone earns their A license, they probably have enough skill and knowledge to start to focus their jumping towards future goals. However, when guys & gals with 0 or 1 jump to boast their BASE intentions I chuckle. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  23. An opportunity to show structured BASE training might help convince some people it is better to start with assistance than just winging it. I read "Birdmen, Batmen, and Skyflyers". It seemed well researched and written. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM
  24. I have about a dozen non-DZ jumps. Not as much as you but thats only cause I am a wimp and move slowly, but more jumps will follow for sure. The SIM is valuable for teaching new jumpers to safely skydive, BUT I would not preach it, especially for bandit jumps! FYI: Living where I do, suitable bridges are not near by, hence using a tether'd balloon without an N number is a goal of mine. I know, I know, it is not BASE, but it is a way to get cheap air time, experience with 2 second delays, and a way to dial in my pack job. Rigger, Skydiver, BASE Jumper, Retired TM