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  1. I was looking for some discussion on a recent BASE jumping fatality in Alberta. I found a new thread on the topic, unfortunately it was immediately locked:;sb=post_latest_reply;so=ASC;forum_view=forum_view_collapsed;;page=unread#unread

    I would like to ask why it's not allowed? I'm sure there is a good reason for it, but just curious as to what it is.

  2. i was having problems packing awhile ago (i couldn't keep it small and tight enough).

    Right after my first S-fold, I place both knees on the slider section. Instead of doing the second fold right away like most people would, I barely lift one knee at a time and push the sides as far inwards as i can, until all the fabric is under my knees. This way it keeps it all very narrow and tight, and i have to do much less "stuffing" at the end. it's basically the only way to physically pack my new slippery canopy otherwise it gets away from me.

  3. gowlerk


    "You are more likely to die driving to the dropzone."

    That one drives me crazy.

    Depends how dangerous you drive, and what you're driving. I don't ride my motorcycle anymore because I think it's far more dangerous than skydiving. The risk:reward of riding it sucks, one small move and its game over. I feel too vulnerable and too close to the ground. I am also much more dependent on how OTHER people act on the road, that drives me crazy.

  4. RiggerLee

    So for now they are milking this $200 M program for all it's worth.

    And this is why the whole industry should be completely privatized. If eating up the budget is their goal, the ultimate product ends up having no practical value..
    This is why so many people have such a bad taste in their mouths towards space exploration... shit has to change

  5. I was just trying to picture this scenario. In the worst case, I can imagine someone doing multiple barrel rolls, maintaining rotational movement during accidental deployment and having the lines wrap around the body (oh please not the neck). Has something like this every happened? I would much rather see accidental deployment during a rotation of ANY OTHER AXIS because at least you wouldn't be "rolling yourself" through the lines so to speak.

    In the best case scenario, i can see a deflated pilot chute whipping around WITH you as a tumbling ball of fabric until you quit rolling, at which point it would finally grab the air and inflate. In this case there are no lines to worry about (except maybe the bridal)..

    Has anyone experienced this or seen it?

    edit: mods, please move this to safety and training..

  6. hokierower

    Try watching this:

    It's a Sabre2 260. I've referenced PD's packing videos all the time. I pack my Velo the way Jess showed in her video. Worked thus far (knock on wood).

    That said, take a look at this video as well:

    It was done on Stiletto 150 and shows that people have packed canopies extremely strangely and they've opened.

    thank you for the link, that was very helpful :)

  7. Using a traditional pro pack method, I cannot seem to get my canopy into the d-bag. It slips and squirts all over the place until I pass out on the floor. I am left feeling violated and still afraid of what it might do to me next.

    I am many hours from the nearest DZ, so I am practicing at home without the convenience of a rigger on site. I have heard of a method in which you can actually start off by folding it into the d-bag so you don't need to control it all at once. Is anyone familiar with this technique, and if so can you explain it? (cute little pictures would help too). Also is there a disadvantage to doing it this way? I assume there must be some kind disadvantage, otherwise everyone would be doing it the easier way, right?


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    the best part of all of this is that i removed that review a year ago, because i was willing to let this bullshit slide. Now I'm considering reposting my review after that threat. Thanks Jason Warren

    Way to early in your skydiving career to get jammed up with DZ politics...Hell, it's way too early in MY skydiving career too! :$


    I was dragged into the politics just by choosing another dropzone. Maybe someday they will forgive me for my awful and cruel behavior. And who told you about the dead hookers.. >:( I WAS THE VICTIM

  9. and by "they", i mean specifically Sheldon Driedger. In my review, i never talked bad of the dropzone, only him. The situation which involved dz-to-dz bickering involved only him too. I never had anything against anyone else from skydive southsask.

    When i made my way to alberta to jump, i actually ran into two people who didn't want to jump at MJ as well, because of him.

  10. oh yeah that's a great point! But it's a horrible point when you take into consideration that we are dealing with peoples lives. If students are made to feel stupid for asking questions, can that not lead them into a dangerous situation which they were afraid to talk about, with fear of being humiliated? This isn't "trashing' anybody, its mere observation of rude behavior towards students. I refuse to keep quiet about it when they start harassing other dropzones that i visit.

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    And I though U.S. Skydiving politics were special. The sport is going to hell in a hand basket because of fucksticks like that. People who don't think there is enough pie to go around and too stupid to know if they would treat people well they would never have to worry about what the "competition" is doing.

    what's even worse is this same guy stood around a group of regulars talking about how stupid the students' questions were. I couldn't believe how uncomfortable that made me and I became afraid to ask any more questions, in fear of his reaction. that was one thing I mentioned in my "slagging" review, and now I might not be "allowed" to jump there again? good riddance. I don't need to jump there

  • oops you forgot to mention the whole story! it's okay, I'll help. I emailed Sheldon one day asking if he offered a packing course. right away he asked me why I jump at Edmonton all the time when there's a great dropzone in moosejaw. It didn't stop there. For some reason he phoned Eden north to complain to them that they gave me a solo certificate at the club level instead of pushing me right away into a cspa membership. he bitched at them while I was jumping there and I didn't even find out about it until they forwarded his emails to me. I'm willing to put this bullshit aside but if there's even a small chance that you're "community" is holding a grudge against me for giving a bad review then forget it. I won't jump there then.

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    Have you done a canopy course yet? If not, I'd suggest doing one of those. That should help you have a better idea of what you're doing on your hop and pops. Our canopy instructor talked the pilot into a couple extra thousand feet (5000 instead of 3000) so we'd have a little extra time to play with the canopy before we hit the decision altitude.

    Personally I enjoy flying the canopy and it's kind of nice having the whole landing area to yourself, but I'm not sure I'd want to do 50 hop'n pops all in a row. You could probably knock 10 or so out on a reasonably good day.

    I've never heard of canopy courses out here. :(

  • Jump ticket price = $24 for 10,500 feet
    or $13 for 3000ft

    total jumps so far = 40

    goal = to become a better skydiver overall

    Is canopy experience worth significantly more than freefall experience on a "per jump" basis when it comes to progression? If it is, then making my next 50 jumps hop n pops would be economically smart. What do you guys think?

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    none of my fbook friends skydive. :(
    i feel like a reject
    can someone be my fwiend

    [email protected]
    Jason Boyko

    thanks :)

    whaat? I have a friend I used to jump with all the time (In Canada too/Toronto) who has the same last name :P Max Boyko.. hehe any relation?

    nope. There are also about 500 boyko's in Saskatchewan alone who i'm not related to. It's a surprisingly common name!