JohnnyUtah

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    BASE Jumping
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    Freefall Photography

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  1. JohnnyUtah

    "Superterminal" review

    I got a copy of it in the mail yesterday and I concur.... Superterminal is amazing VKB Thanks Andreas Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  2. JohnnyUtah

    Big guys and BASE canopies.

    I totally agree with you Faber, it is about finding a good balance. A canopy that is too big can have negatives traits about it. Bigger canopies pressurize slower on opening like you said (even to the extent of end cell closure problems), and they turn slower, and have less penetration. So you want to try and get the best of both worlds. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  3. JohnnyUtah

    Friday the 13th Jumps

    The winds are doing 26 MPH right now = not even thinking about going downtown. And I was gonna see if I could get unlucky and have my first object strike tonight, damm. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  4. JohnnyUtah

    Big guys and BASE canopies.

    Ouch. Nope, that's not the way it works. In fact, in BASE, very experienced jumpers tend to jump higher wingloadings, usually because they've seen enough bad stuff go down that they want the extra safety margin (sometimes also because they are trying to land in more questionable areas, or for other reasons having to do with attempting more advanced jumps). Ok, that makes good sense. I was avoiding studying when I was reading all this stuff the other night, so it was late at night and I was tired Are BASE rigs in the same boat as skydiving rigs, in that the container's sized for a small range of sizes? Or does the nature of the way a BASE canopy is packed allow for more container size variation? In skydiving people tend to downsize their canopy to a higher wing-loading as they gain experience, so I understand your thought process completely and you are sort of correct, whereby a more experienced BASE pilot should be able to handle the higher wing loading VS a new BASE jumper. BASE is not like skydiving in this way though, because experienced jumper still want the lower wing loading knowing the reality of the demands a BASE environment puts on the jumper. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  5. JohnnyUtah

    Big guys and BASE canopies.

    Ouch. Nope, that's not the way it works. In fact, in BASE, very experienced jumpers tend to jump higher wing-loadings, usually because they've seen enough bad stuff go down that they want the extra safety margin (sometimes also because they are trying to land in more questionable areas, or for other reasons having to do with attempting more advanced jumps). I disagree. I have noticed the opposite to be true. Through the years I have seen many experienced BASE jumpers (including myself) start jumping a lower wing loading (usually a one size bigger canopy). The lower wing loading does give you less penetration but having a larger canopy over your head is a lot more forgiving while doing steep accuracy approaches and dealing with turbulent air. Higher wing loadings are definitely the trend in the Skydiving environment for swooping and jumping in higher winds. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  6. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    When going stowed (PC packed either way), I do a clean, solid throw, straight to the side (to bridle stretch). If youre too vigorous about it, then Im picturing something like a wild throw. That can put more noise in your packtray and can cause the pilot chute to whip around a little bit, and both of those things could be the sole reason you get an off heading. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  7. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    For higher altitude and longer delay jumps, I usually just use the regular mushroom. I think I went into a bit more detail about that in a thread a while back. Theres a link to it in one of the previous post I made in this thread. I dont use the Super Mushroom on terminal jumps. I dont decide to use it based just on pilot chute size. Its an altitude thing for me. If its under 400 feet and Im going stowed, I will be using the Super Mushroom. Between 400-500 feet I will sometimes use the Super Mushroom. If Im planning on humming it low on something below 500 feet (maybe 600), then I will usually use the Super Mushroom. Otherwise I will be using a REGULAR mushroom style whereby the mesh is s-folded. I think I say pretty much the same thing in that old thread. Youre welcome bro. As always, these are just my ways of doing things, take it for what its worth to you. Hope it helps. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  8. JohnnyUtah

    Rage

    I put that shot in Rage because Jim Poulson jumping that rig every year had kind of become a tradition at Bridge Day. Its entertaining to say the least, watching Jim jump a ripcord and spring-loaded pilot chute from the NRGB and sometimes have a hard pull to boot. And who said BASE isnt skydiving. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  9. JohnnyUtah

    WANKERS

    Great post Rick. That antenna jump you, your brother, and I made last time I saw you was a blast (pun intended). I still think about that jump and the fun we were having up there on top of the world. You guys rock. Hope to jump with you again soon. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  10. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    Chad, Thanks for posting the feed back. I use a couple different methods when going hand held. The Super Mushroom has really been mainly a stowed method for me, but then again, I feel comfortable going stowed on most jumps, except super low stuff like 200 or less, That was more up Dwains alley. Maybe if I get some time later I will tell ya about my handheld methods more or maybe I'll just PM ya. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  11. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    Youre welcome. If you and other jumpers (experienced and new) benefit from it, then its all worth it. Cheers
  12. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    Dude, its: I am an FBI agent! Whos the one thats wasted? Now go back to jumping PCs with no hole in them and hooking it in.... Your luck is running high. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  13. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    Faber, sorry man, I just wasted a bunch of time trying to set the record straight so people would not be mislead by Treejumps. Ill see if I can get some time later to share my experiences with you and others.
  14. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    Yeah Tree... its all luck... I dont BASE jump according to statistics...good thing its all luck! So basically what youre telling everyone is that they should not be too sure about the Huck-It container since it has not been tested anywhere near 10,000 times. Probably only tested a hundred times at best....not reliable. Its all luck dude. Oh, you mean like when you said (quoted here) you could hook it in again and again with no problem because you had gotten away with it once. Thanks for clarifying. Oh, so now that many people are using and also believe in it, you think its a good technique. Thats straight up bizzare (and good luck) seeing as you were the one person who totally tried to discredit it when I first posted about it on this forum Dude, I had been jumping it for years before I posted about it. The reason I posted about it here, was because BASE 689 was asking me to put up some pictures of it on the internet. So I did to help others out. This is not a popularity contest for me like it is for you. I know exactly why you tried to discredit it. Because it was something that I thought of and tested and shared. Oh no, we cant let people think Johnny knows what he is talking about. That would go against our political agenda. Whos doing that? You are the one who is misleading people, just like a politician. Just like with stocks hun? So it really is a crap shoot then. Im surprised were not all on the list. Tree, youre a waste of time. I thought you were going to stop your nonsense. You hurt other jumpers when you discourage knowledgable jumpers like myself from posting here. Oh yea, its all luck....nevermind. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com
  15. JohnnyUtah

    Stowing a 48-inch pilotchute

    First of all - I have never said that a hesitation is NOT POSSIBLE using the Super Mushroom. I have simply provided the experience I have with it, based on hundreds and hundreds of jumps. It has been very reliable for me. One of my basic beliefs in parachuting is: Weird Shit Happens Another one of my beliefs is: There will always be a random element when it comes to fabric responding to random air molecules. Common sense says - A PC HESITATION IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE NO MATTER HOW YOU PACK/HOLD/THROW THE PILOT CHUTE. Anyone that thinks there are guarantees in parachuting does not have common sense. I know what it is. Do you think that far more seasoned jumpers than you or Tree will want to post valuable experience and knowledge, when you and Tree come back with replies like that? You both put a negative spin on a technique that can save lives. For example, take the Russian jumper (fatality#79) who had a hesitation going stowed from a ~300 foot Antenna. If he had been using the Super Mushroom that may not have happened. Tom, please dont start your fighting and endless squabble with me again. Thats because it works. So I take it from your post that you have never had a hesitation using it either then. Im surprised you have not seen the loose ZP technique almost kill someone. There is a good clip of just that in one of Dennis McGlynns Videos he put out in the mid-90's. A noticeable hesitation? So not a serious hesitation then?.....like what it possibly could have been if he/she had used the regular mushroom, and possibly based on the other factors which we should all know also come into play here such as how the PC is held, how it is thrown, what direction it is thrown, airspeed when thrown, and yes even how neatly was it packed. That is why I stated on my website: That sure doesnt sound like Im trying to sell it as bombproof. Have Fun, Don't Die! Johnny Utah My Website email:johnny@johnnyutah.com