I can’t promise it won’t come back without scratches, dents, crushed wheels, or even an intact chassis. Or anything for that matter. lol
At least it is getting easier each time I do it. Messy, but easier. The neatness will come. I shouldn’t have taken off the last 6 months, but I had to 😦 Since October I have not been allowed to jump due to that drunk driving idiot who hit us. I was told I could resume about a month or so ago but it has been rainy and cold so it was a wash.
I got my reserve repacked too and have 13 jump tickets left over from the last block I bought. Since I won’t be going to the AMA races, I think I am going to go do some jumps this weekend. I need to get current in landing and then pack some more BASE packjobs and then see if I can get a PCA off an object.
I think I’ll be hucking again within 2 weeks. I wish I could afford a bridge trip. I just love the bridge, fun, great landing area, great community, just enough altitude, sunny. But I have too many responsibilities and not enough cash. Drat!
So I decided to spend my Sunday packing and repacking my BASE rig (I have no life, it’s true). I went out to feed the horses and I came back upstairs and my two cats are lying on my canopy. Before you freak, my cats don’t pee on ZP (I am fortunate to have cats that aren’t weird like that). And they don’t knead, or scratch it or anything. They have fallen asleep on both mine and Katye’s skydiving canopies a few times without incident. But, I don’t like it because JUST IN CASE, ya know? But apparently they like the way it feels. And there you have it, some very useless information.
So I shoo them off and repack repack repack. Is BASE even worth this crap anymore? lol As everyone knows, I hate packing. 😉
Yesterday I was filthy from my horses, today I was in a suit and heels all day (lol), tomorrow I’m mounting and balancing tires and getting greasy, Sunday I’ll be wearing leathers bombing the hills of SoCal via streetluge. And I’m packing my BASE rig on Monday.
Diversity is the key to happiness 😉
I posted a few videos of some not-so-great BASE exits while making earth jumps. Be sure to check out the “cool” vids, too! 🙂 Sometimes it pays to post your I-am-scared-out-of-my-effin-gourd videos as well. Reminds you to stay focused. You usually don’t see the scared vids from people. They don’t usually want you to see how nervous they have been. They either post the awesome, edited versions with great music showing how badass they are. Or the opposite, they show their near-misses. Well, two of these aren’t what I call near-misses but they sure as hell could have ended quite badly.
Nonethless, you can see how freakin apprehensive I am. Jumping walls was a huge mental obstacle for me because I had always felt that it was hardest to jump off the earth than say something manmade like a bridge or antenna. All psychological I know, but it is what it is. We all have our phobias and for me, I don’t even like getting near a wall edge without a rig, but I’ll sit on the edge of an antenna without one. When I started jumping High Nose and getting off on the good foot later on, I felt a sense of accomplishment getting over any major fears I had. Doesn’t mean I would never be nervous again. It just means that it has a certain amount of mental and physical process one goes through.BASE isn’t like jumping into the pool. Just remember not to look down too much when you exit. The car goes where the eyes go…
Had the feeling for the flavor of a Pringle last minute. So I took my GoPro with me but mistakenly had it on the wrong setting (it was a bit dark) and it took 784 (almost) useless photos of the occasion, most being in my stashbag. Good job.
So here is what it looks like in dark, blurry, still-form before jumping, during freefall, during opening, and then turning to land, and then landing. BTW I got to watch a huge fireworks show off in the distance during the ascent, it was great 🙂 Gave me something to look at.