Vertical World Record Attempts: Melissa Lowe’s recap of day 3

Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 2 Recap (Thursday, July 30, 2015).

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Day 3 – riding the wave & going for 165

Jump #1 – builds nicely, but a few leg burbles pops people out

Jump #2 – we thought we got it! Now we gotta repeat the calmness & mental focus

Jump #3 – we thought we had it again but didn’t get too excited because we didn’t get the last one. Now we have to keep the energy up & stay sharp, patient & preserve.

Jump #4 – we thought we had it. Nope. Now it’s about riding the wave. We have eliminated one slot, and the record is now 164.

Jump #5 – one person out.

Welcome to the rollercoaster! And it’s a wild one! What’s amazing is we built 160 ways ALL day long. That proves we are persevering, rising above the fatigue & frustration. That means we are world-class athletes that are working out butts off to stick this!

And we will… It’s just a matter of when.

7:30am for morning briefing & 8am wheels up – going for 164!  #WorldRecordForBreakfast

Brian Buckland has generously allowed us to share some photos from the record! Follow him on Facebook for photo updates, and check out the full album from the record on his website.

Follow Melissa on Facebook for posts or updates, or catch the live updates via Periscope app for smartphones (MelissaLowe).

Vertical World Record 2015 – it’s ON!
Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 1 Recap (Tuesday, July 28, 2015).
Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 2 Recap (Wednesday, July 29, 2015)

Mile-Hi recoups some attorney’s fees from noise lawsuit

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 SimCityPetitioner 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 issuesTurning 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.

Vertical World Record Attempts: Melissa Lowe’s recap of day 2

Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 2 Recap (Wednesday, July 30, 2015).

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Day 2 is when shit starts getting real. The exciting reunion amongst hundred of friends is residing & the hard work begins. Now that the kinks are pretty much worked out (i.e. timing, plane formations & site pictures), it’s all about not f*cking up & riding the wave.

We did 5 jumps today, however due to a solid layer at 14,000′ on Attempt #2, each plane did a single plane pass. We need at least 16,500′ for the 166 people to have enough working time. All of our attempts have ranged from 19,800′ to 18,100. Our max altitude is 20,000′.

So darn! No record today, but that just means another day of blue skies, 7 plane shots, amazing skydiving & building awesome friendships!

Start time is 7:30am for the briefing & 8am wheels up. 5 jumps planned, but fingers crossed we get it on the 2nd jump of the day!!

Brian Buckland has generously allowed us to share some photos from the record! Follow him on Facebook for photo updates, and check out the full album from the record on his website.

 

Previous posts: 
Vertical World Record 2015 – it’s ON!
Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 1 Recap (Tuesday, July 29, 2015).

Vertical World Record Attempts – Melissa Lowe’s recap after day 1

Vertical World Record Attempts – Day 1 Recap (Tuesday, July 29, 2015).

Attempt #1
I can safely sum up the day up as a “working out the kinks” kind of day. On Attempt #1 the planes gave a short “2-minute call” that barely gave everyone enough time to put up benches, stow away oxygen hoses and line up for exit.  This effected the divers/floaters timing in approaching the formation, causing some traffic issues. Attempt #1 was the foundation of figuring out the sight picture and a few got lost.

Attempt #2
After debrief, the organizers realized that the planes needed to tighten up their formation even more, to help with traffic and timing as jumpers approach the formation.

Attempt #3
We are building it!!  As Rook (Nelson) stated in the debrief: “We are all there. Now it’s just coming down to the fundamentals: referencing your cross partner, flying quiet and on level.”

We only did 3 out of 5 planned jumps as we waited out a few afternoon hours of weather. Wednesday’s forecast isn’t entirely promising, but we are hopeful we will get in a few jumps. Meeting at the dropzone at 7:30 AM sharp for a briefing – likely including some changes and as always, reinforcing the basics.
As the organizers (Mike Swanson, Alaska Jon DeVore & Rook Nelson) said, “It’s looking really, really good!”!!

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Kickstarter: Documentary about Gary Connery’s no-parachute wingsuit landing

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.

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