|Ooh!Do you go down quickly?
Yes, while in freefall. Average speed is 120 mph, but often you can exceed that. I average 135 pmh.
|Fantastic pictures!!! Just wondering, do you look down at the ground right after you jump out of the plane? Or do you concentrate on something else like the horizon? The ground looks sooooo far away in the first picture. About what altitude was the plane flying at when you jumped? Sorry for so many questions.
I look at the ground before I leave the plane, to make sure I don't have any obstacles below or around me. Obstacles in the sky? Yup...other jumpers, other planes...a collision with either of those in midair can be very harmful - to all parties. So before I get out, I check thoroughly...and if I can't see, then I don't go. Simple.
While during the freefall, I don't look at the ground much at all. I know where it is, and I know no-one's gonna move it, so I occasionally check to make sure I'm not too close. Gotta use a parachute to land safely, and since my chute takes about 1000 feet to open fully, I like to deploy it at about 4000; that gives me time to make sure it's working correctly before I get too close to the ground. If it's not working correctly, I need to have time to trade parachutes. So yes, I pay attention to the ground, but I don't really watch it.
Horizon watching will let me know if my body is in the right position in relation to other people I am jumping with, and it also lets me know if I'm "spinning."
In the first picture, the ground was about 2 miles away from me. I usually jump from 12,500 feet, often 13,000 or 14,000 feet. To go much higher would require oxygen, and while I would love to do a high altitude jump (something like 25,000 feet), and while my jumping partner teaches HiLo jumping, that's not in the cards in the immediate future. Perhaps next summer...
In that pix, I was about 3 seconds out of the plane, maybe 450-600 feet below my exit altitude of 12,800 (I looked at my log book.
And yes, I'm scared of heights, I'm not fond of planes, and I don't particularly care much for falling. So why skydive? Because there is a freedom inexpressible as you're dancing through the sky. An immediacy which cannot be captured on the ground - there is no past, no future; simply and only a NOW. It is a vital, true expression of living in the moment. It brings to me a soul-joy that I've never found anywhere else. I am whole, more me
than at any time other. I am complete, in touch with something so far bigger than myself as I sail under my parachute, looking at the world spread below my feet. I dance on the breath of God, play with the falcons and touch clouds. That experience, that joy far far outweighs any fear I have about planes, falling, or heights.
Glad you all enjoyed the shots...I just want to share with you all my other passion.