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!
Karen and I did another jump and I am pretty sure we got the shot. This time, no headlow, no flips, and a funny landing through sprinklers. Plus Shawn came alog om the observation ride again so we got some good exit footage as well. So it worked out. 🙂 It’s all in HD so we’ll be able to use it for sure. The jump was a great one, too. It’s how balloon jumps should be. Once it became work, it wasn’t as fun anymore but this time it was fun. I was stoked enough to even geek the camera. And you know I’m having fun when I’m geekin’ lol Pics to follow. This one up top is from my iphone and I look about incoherent as I can be. Way too early. *love the hair!*
I needed some footage for a reel of mine and so when Jenn called me, I grabbed two spots (1 for Karen for video). I decided to go in my skydiving gear because I was slider off on my BASE rig and was SO not wasting a packjob. Besides how often do I really jump a terminal object? Not worth the change-out. So I invited Shawn along if he wanted to get up at 3:30 AM and go. He said yes so off we went!
Luckily there was an observer spot available so Shawn hitched a ride and took some cool video from the basket. He had never been in a balloon so this was a cool opportunity. Although he said he felt pretty damn nervous watching people jump out when he himself had no rig on his back, lol! I feel ya! I hate being on a cliff with no rig, it completely freaks me out. You can see his concentration in the basket as I jump out.
We had the same jerk balloon pilot who always tries to rush us out. I miss Phil the balloon pilot. He gave us a ton of altitude and would take us to freaking Murrieta if necessary. So as this new pilot grouchily rushed us out, Karen took over and basically took charge and gave him safety reasons, etc for reasons we were taking our time. Not to mention the sun was in the camera angle. She got him to turn the basket and through communication a 3 yr old, but clearly not this guy, would understand we finally were in position.
And I facked up the exit. As she was outside the basket and I gave the count, I looked at her below me and went headlow. So instead of waiting for airspeed since I was all scorpioned over, I decided to do a front flip. Without enough airspeed I got caught on my back for a second HAHA! So I flipped over and didn’t track off too hard because I was trying to stay with her. Karen is a great photographer and videographer and skydiver. She can put herself anywhere and she is amazing.
But like I said, I am the one who screwed it up. So $225 for 3 flights later, that footage was scrapped. (But the stills were awesome!) Not to mention, my brake lines were taken in and I had to pull higher to test them out. Whew! They were a lot tighter and instead of the usual lift I had more planing and not being used to coming in as hot, with no wind and “different” brake behavior, I wadded it. Great. But I did have the pleasure of watching a newbie balloon jumper pile in, sreaming in flight. The idiot actually almost hit a chainlink fence so he instead he decided to front riser it and hook in–hard. He rolled for a while in a cloud of dust, jumped up and said “WOO HOOOO! That was f####g awesome!!” And repeatedly explained that this was his first balloon jump for about the next 2 hours if spoken to.
So, even the landing footage was scrapped. It wasn’t even fun because I was too busy trying to “work” and then we didn’t get the shot. We met up with Shawn at the second lift site and then went to IHOP, as is customary, for some chicken florentine crepes! Now I just need to schedule yet another jump and try and get some footage again this time. Shawn did get a good pic of me tracking over the Freeway which was pretty cool. I’ll post it when I get a copy. Karen took the pics above and has had a lot of her work published. Again, she is amazing 🙂