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  1. Shortly after Darrell's passing we held a silent auction during his ash dive to raise money for a memorial to hang at Skydive San Marcos, his mom and dad drove from Tucson to attend. It was a cathartic event for Darrell's family, Skydiver and BASE friends. The event brought some closure to the many who loved and respected him.

    Darrell's memorial, a stained glass piece has hung in the packing room at SSM for over 9 years.

    When Skydive Spaceland purchased SSM they had a different esthetic in mind for their DZ and removed all the photos and art from the walls and left them available for whomever wanted them. Unfortunately Darrell's glass was in the mix.

    I'd like to thank Thomas the DZM and all the staff at Skydive Spaceland San Marcos that I spoke to today for helping today in my search for this commemoration to a life well lived.

    I would very much like to recover this art for his parents who grieve for their son every day and will, until the end of days.

    Darrell's glass is my avatar, i was unable to upload the image.

    Note: Lucky, your post was unkind.

  2. spiral down was mentioned in a recent post and I confess to not being familiar with this maneuver. could someone please provide info/video? seems like a good skill to have.

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    PP is truly a non-profit doing good work.

    with the passage of the ACA it seems that planned-parenthood is redundant. why is the American tax payer continuing to fund it?


    Some of their patients decide to donate tissue to researchers, and when they do PP charges a handling fee in the $150 dollar range. There is nothing wrong with that. It's a wonderful selfless thing that good people are doing to help other good people.

    aborting your child is a purely selfish solution to an uncomfortable predicament. there is NOTHING selfless about it. but please carry on...

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    Human tissue is used in research all the time. You and your kind are merely trying to spin an ordinary non issue to try and make it support your narrow moral beliefs.

    ...your kind? what the fuck is that supposed to mean?

    to date I have been ambivalent on this issue, choosing to not take a side because abortion, as a choice, is deeply personal and i don't have to live with that choice.

    however, these videos and the implications make me physically ill.

    your callous response to the OP leads me to believe that the videos have not affected you at all.

    I can only hope that this is not the case.

  5. i am so sorry to hear this. Orly King was a natural teacher.

    he taught me to never stop flying my canopy. this was after i almost landed on top of him when a sudden crosswind @ 15ft surprised the shit out of me and I reacted poorly. when I landed he said, "never stop flying your canopy". that was it. simple and to the point. gotta love that teaching methodology.

    this was years ago and I've never forgotten his words. I've carried them with me on every jump since.

    rest in peace Orly, you are and will always be, influential.


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    There is one thing that got me cringed every time. I have seen jumpers approached to LZ with plans to land on butt. I was taught to avoid that at all cost. In my opinion, it is better to have a broken leg than broken back.

    butt landings in general are a bad idea. i'd be more concerned with compressing the discs over time than actually breaking my back. someone with a b license or higher that can't land their canopy needs to either upsize or take a canopy control class. they need to learn how to maximize their flare. there are quite a few simple tricks one can employ to get the most lift from the canopy. some of them include: building up speed before final, loosening the chest strap to open the canopy up more and flairing completely and on time.

    i suspect that many new jumpers are flying older gear that was bought used, canopies with alot of jumps on them fly and land differently. this needs to be taken into consideration.

    i used to jump a spectre that had so many jumps on it that it was like flying a reserve, it was so porous...i would adapt by building up speed before my final. there are good ways and bad ways to do this. sinking in and releasing is a good way to build up speed. speed = lift, carving in works great to build up speed but this is a VERY, VERY bad idea for a newbie that may not have the experience to calculate how low they are or when there are alot of people in the air. so don't do it until you have mastered your canopy skills. you can totally screw everyone behind you. save this for method for later...just saying.

    learn to flare, and flare well. loosening your chest strap will inflate the canopy more and maximize your flare, but keep in mind that you will also fly further.

    i relate timing my flare and point that i'll be landing with rollerblading, always look ahead to where you are going, don't look down. focus on the horizon.

    this is how i've learned to land my canopy. i'm sure there are many opinions on the subject and i'm not particulary concerned with the potential flaming that my opinons may result in. opinions are like assholes, we all have one. this is mine : )

    just want to add, every dropzone is different. altitude will play a significant part on how your canopy performs. you'll find that higher altitude dz's where the air is thinner will relate to faster approaches. keep this in mind as you try to dial things in.

    never stop learning or asking questions.

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    I get sooo tired of people at the DZ tryng to tell themselves and others that the drive out is more dangerous than the dive out!

    i believe whole heartedly that the drive to the DZ is infinitely more dangerous.

    i have no control over people on the road.

    what i do have control over is: who i jump with, conditions, skill level, comfort level, and gear. if something goes to hell in a handbasket, i have no one but myself to blame.

    for years i jumped without an aad or rsl, the decision was a conscious one based on my desire to be in total control of any situation. it made sense at the time.

    gradually found myself adding these safety features back into my rig. rsl and aad. i can always turn off or disengage if a situation warrants it.

    it seems to me that the more jumps you have the more complacent you become, to wit, the ridiculous % of fatalities by experienced jumpers. this percentage should be less than zero depending on how much of a % you want to give "shit happens".

    shit doesn't happen very often.

  8. LOL!


    this was the mind numbing popular crap kids listened to when i was in high school.

    thought i was gonna die. then along came the sex pistols.

    i knew then, everything was gonna be alright.

    btw. creed sucks.

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    Finding out you're not in complete control is a lesson in itself, no?

    this is the most intelligent, intuitive statement i've ever read on this forum.

    when i first started BASE (2005) a fellow had put together a pie chart of BASE fatalities from nicks fatality list. it was very well thought out and however skeptical i am of statistics, it made sense. 5% of BASE fatalities were attributed to "shit happens".


    Actually BASE is the one activity where you are in control of everything.

    this is actually a true statement. BASE is a technical sport. the jumper is in total control of the outcome of every jump. if any of the many conditions required for a jump aren't stellar, the jumper has the option to bail. herein lies control.

    that 5%, whatcha gonna do? shit happens.

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    Remember when the big tanker truck would drive slowly through the neighborhood spraying for mosquitos, and all the kids would ride their bikes in the clouds of insecticide ? It's a wonder we all aren't brain-damaged.

    OMG we did that! except not on bikes, we just ran after the truck.

    some of my favorite stupid kid tricks were playing in the sewers and swinging over deep ravines on vines like tarzan. good times. : ) i love the look on my mothers face when my sister and i tell her about some of that shit.

  11. I would also split the Phantom and the Phantom2. While the first version of the Phantom could be used for first flights in my eyes, I would not use a Phantom2 on the first jump.

    what's the difference between the two that is so major that you wouldn't recommend the phantom 2?

    So a good beginner suit will be a suit without grippers, so that the flyer can concentrate oh his body position mainly.

    is there any reason you couldn't just let go of the grippers?


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    Rodeos sound fun... I'm not nearly as tiny as most of these girls are, will that make carrying me a problem?

    only 1 problem i see, since you're carrying me, someone else needs to carry us...this could be interesting : ).

    haha the wingsuit rodeo waterfall jump is going to be a blast!

    alex, we need video!

    see you there.

    1. Purple Mike
    2. BASE 851 (aka Ted)
    3. Matt Hoover
    4. Simon Bones
    5. Surely
    6. BranDee Allen
    7. Breanna Joy
    8. Cate Heneghan
    9. Jon Murrell
    10. Michelle Barrett
    11. Nick
    13. teresacolaluca

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    As mentioned during safety day at the DZ, it is a lot better to be landing with line twists than at line stretch.

    indeed, but what altitude are you pulling at? i consistently pull at 5K on wingsuit jumps. if i can't evaluate a malfunction, cutaway, get belly to earth and deploy my reserve at that altitude, then i've got no business skydiving in the first place. i feel more comfortable handling the situtation myself than trying to deal with a potential ball of shit that i had no control over.

    btw, i have an RSL, i don't like it much, but have made a conscious decision to disconnect it on wingsuit jumps.


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    I had two cutaways while spinning on my back, and the RSL beat me both times. The reserve opened fine in both cases.

    deploying in a spin on my back is a pretty good reason NOT to jump with an RSL when flying wingsuit.