Sky-BASE Tribe Reunion Called Epic

Sky BASE Tribe Las Vegas Convention photo by Brad Chatellier

Sky BASE Tribe Las Vegas Convention photo by Brad ChatellierPhoto by: Brad Chatellier

A reunion is one way to overcome, rise above and balance the BSBD vs. our Daily High lifestyle. ­­ Simply gathering the tribe outside of the usual jump day has the power to bring real unity and power to ourselves. And, of course create a party the size of Texas with your best friends spanning decades of highs, lows and everything in between in a place built for nothing less than EPIC. VEGAS BABY!

Ok, so maybe you’ve heard about it.  Maybe you saw it in the print edition of Blue Skies. The Vegas Convention, happened in May of this year.  And it’s taken me a while to really process what happened.

The event was meant for one of the waves of skydiving and BASE jumping that span maybe 20 years. The camaraderie, lifestyle and passion for our relationships with each other is a direct reflection of our entire Sky-BASE community. In light of the significant losses this year I couldn’t have imagined a better time for all of us. Light the fire!

Enter Jimmy & Marta Pouchinotti. The BASE dynamic duo with a vision and a network to make something like this happen. After all the recent losses, the hype and questioning of it all, it was their idea to actually do something, engage in a deep and meaningful way. Unify the tribe, so to speak. Engage with the process of life, the community and perhaps even impact our culture by concentrating on our relationships. You know, the peeps, the lifestyle, the celebration of the lives we are living, right now.

It’s just a big party you say? I beg to differ. It’s the lifestyle and the bonds we make as skydivers that is the celebration of life, the freedom of writing our own tickets, cutting away and calling the shots. It’s an idea that took flame and enlarged to booking a major portion of a hotel and a complete club for the night, it’s like the convention, but totally different. (I know, that’s dating myself.)  Dare I say the largest Sky-BASE party reunion off DZ in the history of our culture? If that’s so, this holds the potential for a shift in our Sky-BASE communities. Spending a little time deepening our relationships holds a lot of power. It’s a big reason we all got into this crazy lifestyle in the first place.

If you’ve only been in the sport a few years you might have tasted all this, if not, you most likely will. As a culture, skydiving is freedom on so many levels.   And some of the biggest magic, isn’t under canopy or in freefall, it’s in the peeps you meet and know for a lifetime.

Balance the Blue Skies Black Death with honing your art of being. Being grateful, being willing to risk it all, being committed to deepening all your relationships and being conscious.

Do you really rock your life? Enjoy this crazy lifestyle of travel, speed and adrenaline?  Prove it!  Check out my latest post on Jeff Nebelkopf’s memorial and post a video of you rocking this rock-star lifestyle and honor a fallen comrade in the process.  Super simple, shoot it with your phone!  Find out how, at Jeff Nebelkopf Video Challenge post.

I am about to board a plan for Jeff’s Memorial in Sebastian this coming weekend.  Best of luck to all the wingsuit competitors heading off to another ground breaking competition.

Check out all the fun and pics The Las Vegas Convention Party at The Harry Parker Fan Page

Oh, and please share the post.

Thanks for tuning in.

Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Video Challenge

Skydiving Lake Tahoe 4th Of July 2014

Skydiving Lake Tahoe with the american flag for 4th of july, harry parker photography

Skydiving Lake Tahoe with the american flag for 4th of july, harry parker photography

Skydiving Lake Tahoe is definitely a bucket list jump. The view is to die for filling ones visual perception full of crystal clear blue and green hues against a backdrop of the Sierra Mountains.

What better way to spend the 4th of July than chasing the American Flag over one of the greatest jewels our nation has to offer? Oh yeah, and doing it with your best DZ peeps!  Awesome!

Jumping into the water requires some planning and a reserve pack but well work the effort at least once.  If you haven’t invested in real water gear, do it. It’s a great investment and as a jumper you will surely use it more than once. The lake is huge and can be very cold, even in summer.

The jump called for mandatory water landing and no flying over crowds at all making it a very easy demo for anyone with decent canopy skills.  Once in the air the winds are easy to spot simply by looking at the water.

James Linsbee of Tahoe Skydiving organized and planned the Demonstration jump for Incline Village and the Veterans Association.  This is the third year in a row James has organized the event. After landing we are treated like VIP’s and get lunch while hanging out with some of our Nation’s finest vets.

This year Michael Roberts provided complementary S&TA for all concerned.  The Nazi Safety attitude of Michael provided extra room in the plane for sure.  It was quite amazing that after paying $25 for the slot in advance people would show up with no water gear, late and reserves out of date.  It was quite comical to watch Micheal deal with each scenario with a laughter in his voice and smile on his face.  Watching him in action definitely put everyone on the load at ease knowing they had their backs covered.

Lodi always seems to get a bad wrap for one reason or another, mostly rumor out of control. I find it quite amazing how safe your DZ can be if you leave it up to the jumpers.  Someone always arises that will not settle for less and go the extra mile.  This seems to really pull the community together for common causes that affect all of us.

All in all it was a very well organized event and demo.  The crowd went crazy, the officials were officially happy and we were all more than safe and above regulations.  I even woke up in someones yard with big pine trees for a view.  Awesome 4th!

If you are interested in making this leap next year, by all means, make your way to Lodi, LIKE the Parachute Center Fanpage and look for the posting, usually a couple months in advance.  Only one otter load, so slots fill up pretty quick.

Check out more pictures on The Harry Parker Fan Page.


skydiving lake tahoe, the lodi crew, harry parker  photography

Breezy Lake Tahoe 2014-07-05 09.12.23 am Water Landing

Choosing between a digital or an analog altimeter?


My first job in the skydiving manufacturing industry was in customer service/marketing for Alti-2, so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the good ol’ altimeter.

John Hawke, the new Alti-2 GM, has written a nice synopsis on, “Digital or Analog Altimeter.” It only uses Altimaster products as reference, but you can substitute any digital/analog product.

A while back, Nils Kløcker Predstrup at Skydive Voss in Norway conducted a study testing the use of digital altimeters for students: “Digital Altimeters for Students.” Larsen & Brusgaard (L&B) altimeters are referenced here but again, you can extrapolate the study to any altimeter.

There’s a difference between the mechanism and the display, so here is a (hopefully) helpful chart of the most popular visual altimeters, to tell what’s what:

Product Photo Hardware Display Manufacturer More Info
Altimaster II AltimasterII_Alti-2 Mechanical Analog Alti-2 LINK
Altimaster Galaxy AltimasterGalaxy_Alti-2 Mechanical Analog Alti-2 LINK
Altimaster N3 AltimasterN3_Alti-2 Electronic/Digital Digital Alti-2 LINK
ALTITRACK ALTITRACK_LandB Electronic/Digital Analog Larsen & Brusgaard LINK
VISO II VisoII_LandB Electronic/Digital Digital Larsen & Brusgaard LINK

Note: Audible-only altimeters are not listed here. That’s another discussion altogether! 

Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Video Challenge

Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Video Challenge

For The Love Of Friendship

You are invited to celebrate the life of Jeff Nebelkopf and all our friendships during Jeff Nebelkopf Memoral Service Saturday July 19th at Skydive Sebastian.  That’s all of you!  Drop zones, Tunnels, Exit Points, Gear Manufacturers and whoffos from all over the world.

By shooting a short video between right now and Saturday July 19th, the date of Jeff’s Memorial.  This video will be included in a compilation video produced for the event.

Ideas include:
Memorial jump footage, video shout-outs, sending-love-from-us clips, group prayer circles, whatever you would like to do to show your love for Jeff and your friends.

Let’s make it big!!!
Start getting your ideas together, people organized and filmed. We already have people planning jumps and video clips in Europe, Brazil, SNE, and Sebastian. Share this post to get everyone involved!

Videos must be submitted by the end of the day Saturday, July 19th to be included.

Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Video

3 Simple Steps:

  1. Shoot a short shout out video
  2. Send email to for access to Drop Box Folder & Upload Your Video
  3. Post your adventures in real time on the Jeff Nebelkopf Memorial Page

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BSBD: Brad Vale

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BSBDcrop copyExperienced jumper Brad Vale died in an accident at Parachute School of Toronto in Georgina, Canada Saturday July 5th, 2014 from injuries following a low turn. Brad had over 2000 jumps and was very experienced with high performance canopies.
The incident is pending investigation, but at first glance there do not seem to be other contributing factors.

We our deepest condolences to Brad’s family and friends.

News Reports: CityNews Toronto,,