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  1. i went here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Col - plenty of hypoxia . i was hypoxic probably for a week -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  2. i went to North Col of mt Everest last year (May 2011) and spent a night at 23k. was one of the hardest things i had to do! -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  3. is toggle swooping common for paragliders? -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  4. Staso

    George Mallory

    i can so vouch for that! i went to North Col of mount Everest last year (http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3874865). when i got back home i had a very strange sensation of perceiving comfort. it was early June and it was nice and warm. it felt so strange to be barefoot and to wear shorts and a t-shirt. i kept thinking that something was wrong and in a second a cold gust will come in and i will have to run for my down jacket and pants. it was with me for a while. we do take our comfort for granted. i only went to 23k feet and it was unbelievably hard. it boggles my mind that people go all the way up and some of them do it without supplemental oxygen. at high altitude everything is a tremendous struggle. but it's definitely worth doing! -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  5. majority of speed skydivers exit head towards the prop - this way you're getting basically to HD position right away in the relative wind. then it's a natural transition to real HD as your horizontal speed translates to vertical. diving toward the formation might be different from simply obtaining highest speed right away though. i used to dive out for my speed dives, and i dialed them pretty good. but eventually I switched my exit. -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  6. i recently posted this on my wall: -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  7. the top speed readings are basically useless. people used to get supersonic and negative speeds. the more you flail the higher your top speed will be. we used to have pro-tracks mounted on ankles and people used to do a kick at the end of the dive to get a spike on the graph. so when someone tells me they got ~300 mph on their audible as top speed i just chuckle. -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  8. mchamp, check out #40 on this list. 421 km/h - roughly 260 MPH. i'm used to be into this kind of flying. i'm number #10 on that list -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  9. fair enough! i'm just a little tired of people saying bad stuff about safire2's, how they had a weak flare and how it wasnt a good platform to learn how to swoop on.. or that sabre2's were better for that purpose. seems billvon is the only one more or less to vouch for it. next year, hopefully, i'll get my grabby hands on an XF2, then i'll be able to make a more accurate statement regarding flare-power, and which was even MORE awesome! i went from sabre to safire2 to crossfire2. safire was an awesome canopy. much better opening and felt a lot more agile then sabre. good glide, very good flare. the only thing about it - very short recovery arc, so you need to be close to the ground if you want to swoop it and i used to scary people whipping 180 low to the ground. but as long as you aware of the arc, it could be done safely. on both of my safire2 and crossfire2 i had a slider one size down to speed up the openings - they were too slow to my taste. -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  10. He was a pathologist in LA who got a doc friend to write him a scrip. No dosage instructions as the doc didn't know any more than my buddy. Funny now but he was pretty un-nerved at the time and had a miserable night and day after. jon diamox is the sh*t when it comes to acclimatization. it doesn't replace it, but rather speeds it up by changing your blood chemistry (acidity). last may i went to north col of mnt. Everest and spend a night at 23k+ and diamox was a good help. the side effects - peeing more and beer doesn't taste very good. but it beats feeling like crap at the alti -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  11. Last May I went to North Col of Mount Everest: http://www.dropzone.com/cgi-bin/forum/gforum.cgi?post=3874865. After spending a night at 23k and descending to advanced base camp and laying flat in the tent for couple of hours my heart rate at rest was 120. Usually my rate is somewhat high - at ground level is somewhere around 70-80. Coming back from the expedition with all the extra blood cells changed that a lot (for a short period of time). About 2 weeks after reaching the highest point of my trip, at ground level back in Boston my heart rate was 42 :) -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  12. my favorite view from 23,200 ft :) -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  13. Humid air will be lower density than drier air. It seems counter intuitive, but it is true. Huh???? humid air is of lower density - it's a fact. H20 atomic weight is lower then "average" atomic weight of the air. since for any given temperature and pressure there is the same number of molecules in the given volume of the gas, in humid air some of the heavy "air molecules" are replaced by lighter water molecules, thus lowering overall atomic weight of the moist air and making it less dense. airplanes perform the worst on hot humid days, when air density is the lowest. -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  14. so it yours! :) from http://gssdb.speedskydiving.eu/hall_of_fame.php?links=off Stan Snigir World Cup Belgium - Spa - 468.70 National Record :) -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum
  15. i hiked to Fox glacier with my wife last November and then we flew around mt Cook on a helicopter - it was awesome. we landed on a snow field with a good view of the mt Cook in the background. New Zealand is a very cool country and we really enjoyed our time there. and here is a picture of another "lotsa ice" from a different side of the world - north col of mt Everest. -- it's not about defying gravity; it's how hard you can abuse it. speed skydiving it is ... Speed Skydiving Forum