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  1. almeister112

    Ear Pain (from pressure)

    Literally the worst pain I've ever felt was after jumping while congested. A couple of hours after I got home I wanted to take a power tool to my sinuses to relieve the pressure. I now don't jump if I'm really congested, and like other people suggested I always have Sudafed in my gear bag and freely offer it to people feeling congested. I'll take some at home before I leave for the DZ and then re-up a few hours later. It's made a big difference (though it does keep me awake, so be wary of taking it later in the day).
  2. almeister112

    Jumpsuit Manufacturer

    Maybe a Skimmer suit? I've seen a lot of them with tie-dye patterns on them.
  3. almeister112

    Skydiving & Families

    I've thought about this a lot, too, and while I'm in a different situation (single, no kids) I don't think you're selfish for jumping assuming you don't take unnecessary risks. I always tell people that I wouldn't skydive if I thought I was going to die doing it. Is it possible for me to be injured or killed? Absolutely. I'm not arrogant enough to think that I'm more skilled than the many people who have come before me who have had bad luck or made bad decisions in the heat of the moment and have gone in. That said, though, I work very hard to minimize the risks I take. I jump with an AAD, use an RSL, load my canopy at 1.3, fly very cautious patterns, and never hesitate to sit down or pull off a load if the winds get sketchy or dust devils show up. If and when I do have a wife and kids I may reassess and either cut back on jumping or possibly stop outright for a while, but I don't really see that as a necessity. I have many friends who have been jumping for years (half a century in one case), so I do my best to emulate their safety mentality. Odds are very much in my favor that if I stay conservative and safe in my choices I'll be happily jumping for many years to come. That doesn't stop me from making bad decisions, but I'm not flying a canopy with zero margin of error. It also doesn't stop someone from taking me out in a canopy collision, but I do my best to fly safely in the pattern and watch out for everyone around me.
  4. almeister112

    How many Wingsuit Fliers are out there?

    I have no actual data to back this up, but I think 1000 in the US sounds too high. Granted my home DZ is Skydive Arizona, where we're just starting to get a local flock (we have about 8-10 I think), but I can't imagine there being more than 400-500 in the US. I have absolutely no idea about Europe, since I also have no idea how many skydivers there are in Europe, but I would think it would be comparable to the US. But then I think about Phoenix Fly and TonySuits being viable companies. It would be hard to have 2 competitors in a market of only a few thousand people, so now I've just confused myself. I'd be really interested to see some hard data.
  5. almeister112

    Big thanks to everyone at Eloy.

    It was great jumping with you! Hopefully we'll see you again soon!
  6. almeister112

    Speedcubing - new skydiving discipline

    I've long wanted to get my time on a 2x2 under a minute and do the same thing. I know I'll never be good enough to do a 3x3 in time, so my hat is off to this guy. I do question the wisdom of not drilling a hole in a corner and tethering it to your wrist, though. That seems like a small, multicolored crater just waiting to happen.
  7. almeister112

    Can anyone recommend a tunnel coach..

    Tunnel time and coaching in general are always a great idea. Definitely do those. But that said, you have 35 jumps. You aren't expected to be flying at their level yet. It took me a looooong time to stop totally sucking, and I still have trouble diving down to formations, turning on my center point, and other things. I absolutely understand your frustration--there was no more frustrating feeling than going low on a jump and knowing I wasn't getting back up. I did that A LOT. The experienced guys at Skydive Arizona were nice (and patient!) enough to take me along even when I was completely terrible, and after a while I started actually being able to fly with them. The analogy they always told me was this: "Were you an expert at driving a car when you'd been behind the wheel for 35 minutes?" That's how much freefall time you have now. Moral of the story: yes, get in the tunnel. Get coaching. But if the experienced guys you were jumping with are willing to take you along, you'll learn a lot from them and eventually get better. It just takes time. We've all been there.