I made a teeny tiny trip to Meadow Peak Skydiving this summer to get a teeny tiny glimpse of the legend of Lost Prairie. I’ve been hearing about it for all of my 13 years of jumping and wanted to know: What does Lost Prairie mean to the people who love it?
Here’s what they told me.
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“We are fa-mi-ly.” You can hear the song, right?
“Summer camp for skydivers,” says Monkey Boy.
“From your local EMS ground crew: We love to see you come in like leaves, not lawn darts!” One of the EMS crew even made her first jump at LP and is now one of us
Lost Prairie means wasps. Huge wasps. Huge skydiving wasps. Huge skydiving wasps that take almost an hour to illustrate.
The EMS team on hand was awesome. “I hope they find me soon, I’m hungry.”
“Lost Prairie: If you weren’t wasted, the week was!!” Deano knows how to get it done.
Lost Prairie means PBR to North Dakotans. I don’t know what doesn’t mean PBR to North Dakotans.
Lost Prairie means Naked Rock to Pantz. Note the “freefly awesomeness” she is preparing to organize.
This young lady is underage. You skydivers are setting a bad example. Do you even see what is going on in this picture?!
How does Thomas get to skydive in a huge mug of beer? Just another Airspeed perk, I guess.
Rhonda, like all manifest gods and goddesses, in her happy place in the box.
Deb loves the mountains and air and skydivers and everything, I think. And everyone loves Deb!
Everyone’s a critic. So we made the critic make his own artwork.
It’s a hand. He says.
What does Lost Prairie mean to you?
Just some little clickables for your Monday afternoon.
Adrenalin BASE has a new harness out. “As conclusion, our goal with this harness is to fundamentally revise the traditional view on the harness straps and webbing.” Details at their Facebook page: ABX System – redefining the idea of a harness.
According to one anonymous internet commenter, a guy intentionally pulled head-down just to try it. I really can’t add much more commentary than that.
It’s our favorite color (duh) and probably yours too. But how well do you actually see blue? Take the Buzzfeed quiz.
If you feel the need to look up drop zones on your iPhone, you’re in luck: Dropzones – USPA Dropzone Finder.
And, a few pretty pictures to round out your day:
This month we want to know more about your drop zone by way of popular culture. Is your DZ more Game of Thrones or Clueless? Top Gun or Big Bang Theory? Don’t forget to back up your claims with documented evidence and/or total hearsay.
What movie, book or tv show most accurately describes life at your drop zone?
We’ll print selected, lightly edited answers in the September issue (#69) of Blue Skies Mag. Comment here with your answer and your name exactly as you want it printed, or email answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonus: If you want to get your thinking caps on for next month’s question, come up with the best piece of technical canopy advice you’ve ever heard and/or given.
We were pretty psyched that Mile-Hi Skydiving — and, disclaimer, my original home DZ —didn’t lose the inane lawsuit brought against them by Citizens for Quiet Skies (I can’t be the only one who’s reminded of the silly resident notifications in Sim City right?). Anyway, we’re happy to report more seemingly good news out of Colorado: Judge: Airplane noise plaintiffs owe Mile-Hi Skydiving $48K in attorney’s fees.
In an order filed Tuesday, a Boulder District Court judge is requiring the plaintiffs in the Citizens for Quiet Skies v. Mile-Hi Skydiving lawsuit to pay nearly $48,000 in attorney’s fees to the Longmont company.
The attorney’s fees judgment comes in addition to $67,791 in damages Judge Judith LaBuda awarded to Mile-Hi earlier this month.
Of course, with this group there is always threat of appeal. I’ll say one thing for them, they’re tenacious as hell. And possibly very, very, very, very bored. So what kind of hobbies could we suggest to direct their endless well of energy into something productive? Bowling is always a solid choice, but those places can get kind of noisy and we all know how they feel about that (hint: they don’t like it). Maybe they could train to be Wilderness EMTs? That would certainly get them out in the quiet of nature. How about suicide prevention (my personal fave, obviously). Ending extreme poverty? Human rights? Trans issues? Turning lemons into lemonade that you donate to thirsty people? Or any other good cause (email me if you have something to add to that list, btw)?
That was a whole mess of links and I can’t blame you for not wanting to click each one. They all point to skydivers raising money and awareness for truly worthy causes. For people in need. To make the world a better place. For kindness and goodness and empathy. Instead of shouting at each other, let’s help each other out, eh? On the other side of the coin, name calling the members of CQS does as much good as their lawsuits against our skydiving brethren so let’s all focus our energy on the things we love, like skydiving, and BASE jumping, and flying, and each other.
Remember the glorious summer of 2012 and Gary Connery’s audacious stunt?
Hard to believe it was three years ago, but that means it’s just about time for a documentary about the whole project. Actually a bit past due, but Mark Sutton, Gary’s wingman and the driving force behind the documentary, went in on his own wingsuit jump in Switzerland a year after Gary’s historic jump. “Mark was helping fund the project as it went onto post production. Without him everything was put on hold and it became uncertain if the film would still get made.”
Now a team has put together a Kickstarter project to complete the documentary: The Man Who Flew To Earth. Documentary in Post-Production.
There are some crazy rewards, like dinner with three stunt doubles for £1,500 (~$2,300) or a £90 (~$140) t-shirt. You have until Friday, August 7 at 22:32 GMT (6:32 p.m. EST) to make your pledge and support this project. If you get a good reward, be sure to document your experience and let us know.