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  1. I'm not active in the sport anymore, but had around 500 jumps and 5 years in the sport when I got my coach rating. I wound up not using it all that often for various reasons - competing priorities (team training, or wanting to do organized jumps), or often it was because there were others on the dropzone who relied on coaching / teaching $$ for all or a large portion of their income. I have a well-paid day job and could afford to pay for all of my own jumps. All that said I'm glad I got it as I think it made me a better mentor. Even if I didn't go up on coach jumps all that often, I was able to use those teaching skills in more informal ways working with younger jumpers on the ground. My personal advice would be keep jumping and building your own skills and experience as a jumper and (if you keep up at your expected pace) go for the rating in a couple of years. Yes, you are technically eligible to be a coach now, but I think you'll bring a lot more to the table with more time / experience around the DZ. "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  2. NWFlyer

    In Memory of Josh Whipple

    I was excited to see on Facebook that Josh's nephew (youngest of the family) joined his older sisters in making his first skydive after he hit 18 recently. The family has kept up the tradition of family skydives in Josh's memory every summer, adding the kids as they turn 18. "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  3. Since this year is the 50th anniversary of the legendary Lost Prairie boogie, I'm writing up an article for Blue Skies Magazine celebrating the boogie's long and storied history. I'm already hitting up boogie attendees for photos, but I figured there may be some folks who follow this forum who are no longer on the boogie circuit but who have some Prairie history. I would love to get any old photos of LP from your archives that you'd be willing to scan (or take a photo of) and share for the article. As much detail as you have would be really helpful (year, names of people in the photo, photographer if known, etc.). Send me a PM here and I can provide my email address for sending photos. Thanks! "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  4. The deadline for pre-registration is this Friday, June 30. Registration cost goes up $50 if you wait to register on site. Preregister here: http://www.meadowpeakskydiving.com/boogie-registration/ "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  5. NWFlyer

    How long to wait after MCL injury

    I tore mine in 2010 and waited 5 months to go back. Probably could've gone back a month or so earlier, but I wanted to be confident. I should add that I didn't just wait, I did lots of physical therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles. I did not jump with a brace (in fact, my doc only recommended the brace for the first few weeks after the injury). For me, I waited till I felt a "normal" amount of stability in the knee and till I was confident moving around in all kinds of situations. (Early on after the injury I was really tentative in crowds, for example, because of the possibility of having to make a sudden lateral move and having the knee give out on me). "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  6. The legendary boogie is turning 50 and it's gonna be an epic year, with the DC-3 making its triumphant return to the Montana skies (among other planes). Great organizers, skills camps, traditions, etc. etc. etc. All the deets and discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610943215870763/ "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  7. NWFlyer

    Tracking Dives

    Read this: http://www.dropzone.com/safety/General_Safety/Implications_of_Recent_Tracking_Tracing_and_Wingsuit_Incidents_938.html This, too. This is policy at (one of?) the largest DZs in the world: http://www.skydiveaz.com/docs/default-source/safety-documents/tracking-or-angle-flying-jumps.pdf?sfvrsn=0 "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  8. NWFlyer

    Lost Praire 2017 dates??

    Confirmed: https://www.facebook.com/events/1610943215870763/ "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  9. NWFlyer

    Lost Praire 2017 dates??

    Those are the 2016 dates; 2017 should be August 5-13. "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  10. NWFlyer

    Learning blocks in the tunnel

    My team was all in the 5'9"-5'10" range and we trained in a 12-footer locally on the training weekends we did locally (we also traveled to a full-time training DZ for more intense weekends). Some blocks are easy as long as you have four stable flyers: 7, 9, 14, 15. Some fall into the not slam-dunk easy but not that hard if you have four confident flyers who can communicate with each other reasonably well, like 6 or 11. Some teams can pull off 18 or 21 in a 12-foot tunnel, but they're not ideal. If I'm remembering correctly (and it's been a few years since I trained 4-way), everything else falls into the category of "you can train pieces but not the whole block because it just doesn't fit." I'd say it depends on where you are in your training and what your goals are this year as to whether a trip to Paraclete is in order. If you do decide to travel to do a tunnel camp or two at a bigger tunnel, definitely do it with coaching even if your team is not getting coaching, to maximize the value of the trip. If you've got a 14 footer in closer range, that might be a good option, too - to get more of the blocks as options (and to make training all of the ones that you can do in 12-footer even easier). "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  11. NWFlyer

    Lost Prairie Lodging Available

    Gardner RV in Kalispell is the outfit most folks use, but chances are fairly high they're booked up by now. Here's the Facebook event page. Vader's right that most of the boogie planning action is over there now. You may be able to find some folks to loan you camping gear by posting there. Camping's cold, but it's definitely good to be on the DZ! There's shower houses and food vendors on site, so all you really need is a tent and a sleeping bag. https://www.facebook.com/events/866167760135594/ "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  12. NWFlyer

    Living On A Drop Zone Full Time

    Fixed it for you.
  13. NWFlyer

    Reading material 4 way RW

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/397791286992705/ https://www.facebook.com/notes/402916153146885/ I helped pull these together when I was involved with the NCSL. Haven't checked all the links in a while, but most of 'em are probably still good. "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  14. NWFlyer

    4-Way in TX

    Looks like they're looking for a director! The NCSL league director started NCSL partly because she wanted people to play with. She'd be a great person to reach out to if you are so inclined to get things going again in Texas. https://www.skyleague.com/pages/leagues/showLeague.php?league=16 "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke
  15. NWFlyer

    4-Way in TX

    Have you asked around at the target DZs? Get people like Chuck and others who know people who know people to help you network? Showed up at every tunnel event and belly flying organizer day or other event and said "Hey, I'm thinking of putting together a 4-way team, here's what I'm looking for do you know anyone?" Finding the right team isn't easy, but a lot of time it's that informal / in person networking that makes it happen. Good luck! "There is only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences." -P.J. O'Rourke