Vallerina

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  1. Maybe, but one thing that I find strange is the differences in pricing for Skyventure vs iFly. For example, Skyventure AZ is $750/hour without coaching (quoted from the website, yes I'm aware that it can be bought cheaper.) iFly Denver is $825/hour. I don't know about maintenance or staff at AZ, but assuming it's equal to Denver, I'm curious to know the logic behind the pricing structures. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  2. I love me some Skyventure/iFly tunnels, but I agree for selfish reasons. The prices to fly have increased so much over the years, and they can since iFly dominates the market. I'm hoping that either competition or tunnel saturation drives those prices down some. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  3. I'm going with my family! I think we're going in February 2015. I suppose I should find out the actual dates, huh? There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  4. Only if I can sit next to the tunnel with a sign, "Will wash windows for tunnel time," and have people put their spare minutes in a mug. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  5. Many reasons! - I think the tunnel is more fun - I don't have to sit in a plane or pack (or pay a packer!) to fly - It's a two hour drive to the dz (depending on traffic.) Waking up on a Saturday, driving out to the dz, making a couple of jumps, and driving all the way back home is really time consuming for just a couple of jumps. - I learn MUCH faster in the tunnel. - I'm getting too old to break an ankle! I consider myself very lucky I never had to go to the hospital from skydiving, and I want to quit while I'm ahead! - My gear is old and sh*tty. I'd have to buy new gear to freefly without being scared in the sky. I wasn't skydiving enough to buy new gear. - Last summer, every time I picked a weekend to go out to the dz, something else would come up that sounded like more fun....so, I never made it out to the dz. There are many things I miss about skydiving, and if I ever miss it too much, I can always go back. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  6. So, you've met Val then? (Don't hurt me, Val!) I am not ashamed at all with how slow of a learner I was in learning to flying on my head. That sh*t is hard!!!! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  7. I'm actually making my coach move to Chicago so that I stick with the same one Thanks for the input everyone! I was already leaning towards flying in smaller chunks on a weekly basis anyways, and this confirms it! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  8. I don't jump anymore, so....tunnel backed up with tunnel. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  9. For those of you that have had the luxury of a tunnel nearby for years, what is the best way to learn? Is it better to fly 15 minutes every week or one hour every month? For my own enjoyment, I would probably be happier flying a smaller amount more frequently, but I do want to learn how to not fly so crappy as well. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  10. I just can't get away from that guy! I'd put a restraining order on him if I were you. Like that would work. I swung by yesterday, and I'm happy that without traffic, it's just a 25 minute drive for me! Attached the pic I snapped while doing my happy dance. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  11. Oh for f***'s sake. He brought up the elephant in the room even though skydivers are supposed to be "one big happy family." Yes, it's true that many skydivers don't want to jump with others that aren't skillful. We can all accept it. Moving on... A few things that helped me along the way (other than a lot of tunnel time) - Go to boogies with plenty of freefly organizers. If a boogie has just one freefly organizer, their time is going to get eaten up quickly. There are other boogies (Carolinafest comes to mind) that have plenty of organizers for all levels. They do a good job of matching skill levels, so you can continue jumping with others. - Improve your skills. (Go to a tunnel camp or pay for a coach.) The "pay it forward" atmosphere of skydiving, while it is still there, is becoming less prevalent. You can either fight it, complain about it, or accept it. If you want to jump with people at a certain skill level, in general you need to obtain that skill level. There are still exceptions to this, and I am grateful to those that have slummed it with me over the years. - Be happy belly flying. And that is also a-ok. If you find that they are more welcoming, there really is no reason to become a part of the cool kids club. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  12. I just can't get away from that guy! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  13. Or gear related questions Or packing Or good gear checks Or determining exit order Or KNOWING WHEN TO SIT DOWN. Shouldn't our AFF-I courses be designed to test a candidate's knowledge on that? Someone having the minimum freefall requirement doesn't guarantee they have that knowledge, and I'm sure we're all very familiar with the young, hipster kid with 400 jumps who has never looked out of a plane before and always pays a packer. When the young, hipster kid gets his AFF-I rating, however, everyone celebrates even though he flies like crap and his teaching skills leave little to be desired. To put things in another safety perspective, who would you rather have on someone's first release dive? Weekend warrior or tunnelrat? There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  14. You will learn more freefall skills in 60 minutes of tunnel than you will in 60 skydives. You will learn zero parachute/spotting skills in 60 minutes of tunnel. Whatever your tunnel/skydiving balance is is up to you. Some skydivers have never been in a tunnel, and some tunnelrats have never been skydiving. I prefer to spend money on the things that I want to spend money on, and if people think I spend too much time tunnelling or skydiving, then they can go f*** themselves. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  15. An update - The Plan Commission is holding a meeting in regards to this on Thursday, July 14 at 7 pm. The address is 414 Main St., Hobart, IN. More info (stolen from the facebook event) below: There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  16. I'm trying not to get too excited since it probably won't happen, but I am so freaking thrilled to see the possibility of a tunnel going up actually hitting a newspaper: http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/lake/5851799-418/indoor-skydiving-go-carts-proposed-in-hobart.html EDIT: I would like to add that I will not ditch SVCO and the awesome coaches there for this tunnel. It will only enhance my flying while in Denver. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  17. I'll be there, and I'm going to try to make at least 6 jumps this year!
  18. Never jump when you don't feel comfortable in doing so. That being said, there is a huge difference between doing something just outside of your comfort level and just not wanting to make that particular jump. If something doesn't "feel right" because of winds/clouds/your mental state/whatever, stay on the ground. There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  19. (In this thread late, and I know you already went, but I always love throwing in my two cents!) The staff at CO is so freaking great! I don't think you could go wrong with any of those guys! I had both Zach and Derek as coaches, and I'm truly impressed with how effectively they both taught me. Tunnel time is expensive, and the most important thing for me is that I learn as much as I can while I'm in there. Both of those guys had me flying so much better than when I had started, and they're both really nice and fun to fly with. I can't say enough good things about that place or about those guys!!!!! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  20. Just that much more to spank! Thanks everyone else for your input! I'm sure everyone at work is loving the tunnel video, too! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  21. I'm too busy smokin' in the girls' room for that searching thread crap! Thanks!!! Yeah, but it's much easier in the sky when you don't have to worry about staying lifted off of a net!!! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  22. I just got finished with some freeflying in the Colorado tunnel with the very kickass coach Zach. While I'm sitting at the airport watching my embarrassing video, I've noticed several themes and just wondering if anyone else had similar issues. First, when I'm sitflying, I have a tendency to have my butt lower than my knees. Is this due to size of said butt? It got better as time went along, but I still had a tendency to do that. Many times when trying to push my legs down, I'd get all wobbly, move forward, and just end up corking out. Also, unless I turn at the pace that my great-grandmother moved in her walker, my butt most definitely sinks out. I could feel that it was wrong, but I just couldn't freaking fix it. Second, how the f*** do you move backwards? Everything coach said made sense, but whenever I would try, I would just end up all over the place. Backwards = bad. The last session or two, I just gave up trying to go backwards for my own sanity's sake. Last, is there good video of freefly progression in the tunnel? Thanks, y'all. It's time to watch more video of my flailing! There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  23. I believe that's pronounced, "BYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYTCH!" There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  24. Awesome! Thanks! I'll just start shouting, "Byranada!" over and over again until I find them..... There's a thin line between Saturday night and Sunday morning
  25. Is anybody planning a side trip? I'd like to go to Glacier National Park and maybe do a few other things while I'm there, and I just thought it might be more fun to do that with others