That was beautiful. That was amazing. I’m still high.
And I was wrong, there wasn’t screaming… it wasn’t like that. All 4 of us kept waiting for that wall of fear to hit, but it didn’t. A few moments of “wooah, I’m about to jump out of a plane from nearly 13,000 feet up, that’s surreal” but even at the door when the warm wind was hitting my face, it was a feeling of being totally awake and focused, but a little dreamy too. I loved that clear brink, right before we leapt off into something I’d never experienced before and couldn’t imagine clearly.
I’d read some experiences on dropzone, one which had described freefall as that sensation when you put your hand out a speeding car window, only your whole body is enveloped in that feeling. I found that a good description. There is no nausea, no roller-coaster feeling, no scrambling terror. It was similar to many of my flying dreams (I’ll be curious how those change after actually doing it). The control you have when you shift your body surprised me.
There was one moment of “hmmmmm” when the chute didn’t fully open, but that was quickly taken care of. After that it was so peaceful. It was a spectacular day, and an amazing view – the mountains, the water, everything green and blue. There is no other way to get a view like that. We did a couple of 360’s by pulling on the toggles (which made me feel a little dizzy, but I feel dizzy when I spin in circles anyhow), again I was floored by the control you have up there.
I’d been a little bit anxious about the landing earlier, but we landed perfectly. I actually landed on my feet in the center of the field target. Easy.
We didn’t spring for the $100 video, but Sam managed to get some great video clips of all of us with his digital camera, and Markus got some great shots from the ground.
Yeah, wow. I can see how it becomes an addiction.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to do it. I think it’s a shame that out of thousands of people here who have this on their list, only a few have actually gone.
If this is on your list, seriously… go!
It’s not how you think it’ll be. (Except for the completely amazing part). It feels incredible to check this off my list, it’s been there forever.