Throwing Myself Out of a Plane.. Twice

Trip Start Aug 22, 2005
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Trip End Feb 06, 2006


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Friday, December 30, 2005

This was the most INCREDIBLE thing I have done in the space of 10 minutes. I would say ever but it was purely conquering the mind's production of fear, which is essentially easier than I thought.

I just kind of booked myself a slot on the day without really thinking about the consequences/feelings involved with jumping out of a plane. I always seem to do that! I never really seem to think about these things but it always turns out ok without mental planning. I think this is the best way to be honest. If I had 'psyched myself out' it would have been far harder.

As it was, putting my feet over the ledge at 15,000 ft with wind of 120mph hitting my legs just didn't seem real! Even when the parachute was pulled the tress still looked like broccoli to me...

They take you up in a plane that takes about 10 minutes to reach 12,000 ft where some customers go, then another 5 mins to reach our jump height, which requires extra oxygen to get up that high (only four places in the world dive at 15,000 due to air traffic). I paid for a dvd as well and I'm so glad I did as I hardly remembered anything afterwards (shock??!). It's very amusing! Just wish I could upload it but takes too long.

I was so crazed when I hit the ground I lasted 10 minutes at base before wanting to go back up again!!

So I did, but to 12,000 ft this time. It was one of the cheapest spots in the world to do it so I didn't even feel guilty. I got the shock of my life this time though. I asked for tricks in the air (spins, rolls, being in a tumble dryer etc) and it must have been quite apparent that I was showing little fear... so they gave me an instructor who specializes in what can only be called "shitting people up"...

So I get Adrian, who convinces me that he's very inexperienced, I'm one of his first students, he seems very nervous etc. He runs through his procedure and forgets it. We get on the plane and I notice my harness has a rubber band on it saying 'Do not use'. So I panic, especially when the instructor next to him says "Ah mate, are you sure that's ok to use?", "What about her harness? It looks a little loose? Don't you think she'll fall out of it?"...

Adrian replies "No no it's fine, she's light" and "It fit when she was standing up, just don't throw your arms out ok?". Then they told me all the things he or I could do to kill us both... By the time we came to jump I was silently sobbing!! He started heavy breathing and making himself shake, to the extent that we sat on the ledge while I refused to look at the camera yelling "I'm not ready!!".

We were the last to leave the plane and upon leaving the plane nosedives to return to base. This coupled with the barrel roll and half spin that the instructor performs on leaving was just very very odd. He did the spins I asked for but had to stop as he was making himself sick (lightweight!). When I realised he had been pulling my leg and was one of their most experienced divers I just laughed... and told him I would beat him unconscious when we got back down.
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