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This is the top question I get asked when people learn I skydive. And the answer is a resounding, yes – actually I prefer to. In the skydiving world, some people make spare cash or even have full time jobs as packers. Meaning, they pack main parachutes all day for tandems, sport jumpers, coaches and students. If you are willing to follow the good weather and turn out LOTS of pack jobs… Read More

Fall has come and gone. The last few vibrant leaves cling to the trees as a crisp wind blows past.  For many this marks the end of our skydiving season. Some of us crazy people will visit the one dropzone that stays open all winter in the off season, but this is generally the end. I find I am reflective at this time of the year.  It was only September 2014 that… Read More

The sun glints brightly outside the hard metal plane. The light flicks to red, as a chorus of “door” is yelled out through the plane. I turn away from the excited tandem student beside me and push up the plane door.  I peek out and see the dropzone far below like a tiny piece of a lego village. The lake in front of me sparkles like a jewel, as the wind rushes… Read More

I did it, I did it, I did it (well a few weeks ago, but this is late)! I am officially a solo certified skydiver. I have a real CSPA license card and everything. And what does that mean? Well basically I am allowed to jump all by myself. LITERALLY only by myself. I’m not allowed to jump with other people unless they have a Coach 1 or 2 rating. But now… Read More

“The thought of leading a boring existence might be even more frightening than the idea of jumping out of an airplane at 15,000 feet.” “Indeed, some experts have suggested that taking risks, ironically, may bring periods of welcome abandon to individuals who have trouble letting life “just happen.” I stumbled upon an article on risk taking behaviors while googling skydiving.  The two above quotes describe me frighteningly well. So maybe this will… Read More

The look as I tell people I went skydiving again is something to behold.  But why? Didn’t you just go? Why would you want to do that again? Most people can understand one jump, in a cross-it-off-your-bucket-list way, but doing it again seriously baffles people.  I think, although more extreme, it really is no different than learning to horseback ride in adulthood or taking up a new hobby. My goal is to… Read More

Why did I want to do it? People keep asking. Mostly as a 25th birthday present to myself.  But, that doesn’t really answer it. I have dreaded this birthday for a long time. I feel like I should have my shit together by now.  Recently though, I have been gripped with this incredible desire to just enjoy life.  I guess I realized most people don’t have it together yet, so why should… Read More

I am just as excited today, as yesterday, after being fresh off my jump. I was expecting to be terrified; not love it this much.  I waited for fear to set in and it never did, just an incredible sense of wonder. So now, the question is when can I get up again?  I had to share these photos, but I will do a full write up later.  I hope you can… Read More

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