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wolfriverjoe last won the day on December 10

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  1. wolfriverjoe

    How cold it'll be?

    Yes it will be cold. Multiple thin layers is best. I won't go up if it's below freezing on the ground (I'm getting old), which can be as cold as -25F or -30F at altitude. If it's cold, I usually wear thermal underwear under jeans and warm socks. T-shirt, thermal shirt, long sleeved T-shirt, pullover sweatshirt (no hood). Jumpsuit over all of that. Neck buff (gaiter, warmer, whatever) and gloves. Gloves are critical. Too thick and you lose dexterity. Too thin and you lose sensation. I've used mechanic's gloves, baseball batting gloves and the 'skydiving gloves' you can get at the gear store. Some folks put latex surgical gloves under those to keep the wind out. On the flip side, you are only in freefall for a minute. Then under canopy for a few minutes. Then back in the hangar, which is hopefully heated.
  2. wolfriverjoe

    Having trouble figuring out this whole "life" thing

    YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You've taken a big step towards 'being an adult'. You are in an alien environment, one where you are a lot more on your own than you ever have been. Ever. You are being forced to make long term decisions with significant consequences, perhaps not understanding what your goals are. And I'm going to guess that it sure seems like everyone else around you has all their shit together (helpful hint: They don't). Toss in the fact that winter is almost here, the days are the shortest that the get (Seasonal Affective Disorder is very real) and add on the fact that you haven't jumped in a while and won't be able to for even longer, and depression (situational, not clinical) is a real possibility. Don't worry about that 'oblivion of mediocrity'. Even if you end up 'average', you'd still be better than half the people out there, right? Lots of people can find real joy in a humble life. Lots of things can make your family proud of you that don't involve 'commercial' success, big salaries, fancy houses & cars, ect. Find people you enjoy being with, things you enjoy doing, places you enjoy being. Try to avoid 'artificial joy', alcohol or drugs. They help for a bit, but not really. They are a poor substitute for real happiness. Not that you can't enjoy a beer or two under the right circumstances, but try not to use them to be happy by themselves. Maybe get some real help. I'd bet there's some sort of basic counselling available for students either free or cheap for a couple sessions. Don't be afraid or ashamed of asking for help (you did it here). Even the strongest of us need help from time to time.
  3. No. It doesn't really need to be posted at all. Cut aways are not quite 'routine', but unless something really unusual happens, they don't merit an 'incident' report'. If you have a cut away and wish to post it, what happened, what your decision process was, what you think you could/should have done differently, and ask for feedback, that's a bit different. But to simply post that a cut away happened, nobody was hurt and no more info is not really worth it. Dan BC's piece about EPs and complacency is definitely worth the read. It's been posted on here before.
  4. wolfriverjoe

    Creating a Game Room - ideas?

    Well, my personal idea of a 'game room' would include a drill press, metal lathe, drilling & milling machine, shop press, several tool chests, air compressor... You get the idea. But that's not what you are after. Sooooo... Bar. Doesn't need to be fancy. Basic 'open in the back, closed in the front, decent top, kind of thing. Plans are readily available, materials won't run too much. Running water would be nice, but spendy if you don't already have it in the building. Bar stools are cheap at thrift stores. Card table. The octagon ones with recesses for chips and cup holders. Make it yourself or find a cheap one on C/L or at a thrift store. Video game. Console or computer, bigger screen for groups. A couch or a couple big chairs. If you want to go 'all in', old stand up arcade games & pinball machines are out there. Not cheap, but really cool. Dart board. The basic electronic ones can be found cheap on C/L or at thrift stores. You could go 'old school' and get the kind that use metal tipped darts. But drunk skydivers and sharp metal flying through the air can make for... Interesting outcomes. And on the 'sharp metal flying through the air' theme, a throwing knife target. That can be as simple as sections of 2x4 edge glued together to make a 3' square face. They get chewed up over time, but are simple & cheap. A set of knives is not expensive. It's an interesting skill to develop. Make sure the target is NOT near anything breakable or valuable (guess how I know this little tidbit).
  5. OP is quite new, he is a bit exuberant.
  6. wolfriverjoe

    License Number

    Well, as a point of reference, the Sept 2019 USPA Parachutist shows A license at ~91000, B ~51k, C ~ 48k, D ~ 38k.
  7. Some people don't finish AFF. Some people never get their license. Some people get their license and drift away soon after. Some people jump for a year or two and then disappear. Some do it until they decide to become 'responsible' and quit. That may be their own decision or they may have 'help' with it. Some jump until they realize how much time & money it takes to stay current and reasonably safe, or to progress beyond 'sorta good'. Some jump until they get hurt, or see someone they know get hurt or killed. The danger isn't 'real' until then. So they quit. Some become Tandem Instructors (or packers or even DZOs), then get burned out by the grind. Of course, some of us keep on despite all of the above and refuse to quit.
  8. wolfriverjoe

    Wow....this place has changed!

    Think?? Pfft.
  9. wolfriverjoe

    Wow....this place has changed!

    Well, lots of things have changed. But ONE thing hasn't. https://www.dropzone.com/profile/1881-billvon/ Someone still has strong anatidae tendencies.
  10. wolfriverjoe

    Being smooth and precise in the air?

    #1 - Experience & training. #2 - Kinesthesia & proprioception: https://thesensorytoolbox.com/kinesthesia-proprioception/ Some people have better proprioception. Others have better balance (which is part of it). Still others have better spatial perception, which comes in handy for formation work. Gymnastics & dance can help too. I've heard it said that ballet dancers often make excellent skydivers. I would put strength well down the list. Flexibility is more important. And other than fitting properly and 'appropriate for the activity' (don't wear a suit with booties when trying to sit fly - trust me on that one), I don't think gear is a factor.
  11. wolfriverjoe

    Carry-On on Check Rig on Airlines?

    I have heard that tying the chest strap around & through the reserve handle will prevent this sort of thing. There are other ways, but the potential of locking the reserve handle in place is reduced by using the chest strap.
  12. wolfriverjoe

    Surviving a 1,000 feet free fall?

    I don't see it. I see a younger guy with some morbid curiosity. Didn't you ever watch Faces of Death when you were a teenager? I think you are vastly underestimating the damage done at even lower speeds. A 100 foot fall onto a hard surface is almost guaranteed to be fatal. At terminal velocity, position, surface (with the excpetion of a very steep, snow covered mountainside), none of that will matter. I know a dude who fell somewhere in the area of 50' or so. Canopy collapse. He landed on his feet. The bones in his lower leg sort of 'telescoped' around themselves. They were destroyed to the point that he lost both legs below the knee. I know another guy who was doing an intentional water jump. He cut away (released the main parachute) and badly misjudged his height (a common mistake). He fell between 50' and 75' to the water. The impact tore his aorta (large artery coming from the heart). He survived because one of the other jumpers on the recovery boat was an ER nurse. She figured out what had happened, got them moving and called for help. There was an ambulance waiting when they got to shore. He still very nearly died. A person falling through the air can absolutely control how they fall. position, location, even speed to a degree. Skydivers do it on every jump. Winds would have to be very strong to have much of an effect. The vertical wind tunnels (indoor skydiving) have to push air up at over 100 mph to let a person 'fly'. Those winds would have to be blowing straight up at that speed (or close to it) to have enough of an effect to matter.
  13. wolfriverjoe

    Surviving a 1,000 feet free fall?

    As Jerry noted, death would be instantaneous. You can get a concussion from an impact of less than 10 mph (16 km/h). Your brain would be destroyed by the impact if you were at terminal. There would, of course, be broken bones and severely damaged internal organs. But it would be the neurological damage that would kill you instantly. I've had this discussion at the DZ (not surprisingly). General consensus is that you wouldn't even feel pain. Just one hell of a thud. Lots of people have survived bullets to the head. Damage is dependent on the size of the bullet and (mostly) on the energy at impact. Death is dependent on level of damage and it's location. For example, US congress member Gabby Giffords was shot in the head and survived. It was a pistol, which has pretty low energy. She had a very long, difficult and not complete recovery, but she survived. OTOH, President Kennedy took a rifle bullet to the head. Look up the autopsy X-Ray images and you will see how much of his skull was destroyed. It doesn't sound to me like you are planning to harm yourself. More like youthful morbid curiosity.
  14. wolfriverjoe

    Surviving a 1,000 feet free fall?

    Your English is as good as some native speakers on here. Don't worry about it. However, the idea of surviving that fall is not realistic. A fall of 1000' would generate speeds near terminal. 120 mph, approx 200km/h. Hitting rocks, even with a glancing blow (angular hit) would still be fatal. Plenty of proximity wingsuiters have found this out. The roof of a train or building would cushion the fall some, but not enough. Trees might cushion the fall, but they have substantial branches in them. You are more likely to end up impaled on one. If you want to get an idea of the level of 'cushion' needed to break the fall of someone at terminal velocity, look up Luke Aiken's jump without a parachute. He landed in a big net. There have been a handful of people who survived very high falls. Every one of them had something (or a series of 'somethings') that kept the impact from being terminal. Most suffered significant injuries. So, no. There is virtually no way to survive a fall from one of those bridges.
  15. wolfriverjoe

    Slider Swapping

    In order to futz with it, they have to understand it. It seems like half the jumpers I know don't even pack for themselves (kids these days, sheesh ).