i105: September 2018

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Train exit during the SISters By The Sea Boogie. Photo by Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum gethypoxic.com

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Cover Photo | by Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum • gethypoxic.com

Featured Photo | by Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum • gethypoxic.com

Jumpsuit-optional jump during the Lost Prairie Boogie at Meadow Peak Skydiving in Montana.

The FlyBy

Just Don’t Wing It | by Mara Schmid

“It’s interesting,” says Steve, “seeing some skydivers, especially really experienced ones—even instructors—struggle as they just want to be toggle happy and grab the risers, then try to figure out why they keep flying straight into the side of the hill … I’ve honestly had some say, ‘The hill came at me.'”

SANS | By Adam Spicer

Naked jumps have likely been around as long as skydiving has. The Society for the Advancement of Naked Skydiving (SANS) was founded to track records in naked jumping and keep the naked skydiving community closer.

Centerfold | Andrew Revesz• jointheteem.com

Angle jump during Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest boogie.

The uncertainty paradox of knowing who you are. | By Shahram Dabiri

It’s very strange—I’ve recovered from my divorce and my broken bones have healed but I’ve also lost my openness to criticism! Call me fat, call me ugly, call me anything you want to call me … but don’t call me a bad skydiver?

A Walk in the Cool Wind | By Nick DiGiovanni, BASE 194

I know in my brain it was that new chemo cocktail that saved me. But deep in my heart I really knew it was Moe Viletto and Lane Kent who saved me.

An Interview with Confessions of an Idiot author Chris “Douggs” McDougall | Mara Schmid

“The book was never even meant to be published. It was just a personal challenge for myself to see if I could actually write one.”

Coming Home +Turning Points+ | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

It had been the longest time in my life without jumping and I did not really know what to expect. I had no doubt that my shoulder was ready and that everything else would come back to me very quickly after all those years. However, I still did not know how it would feel.

Jump Off a Bridge | Melanie Curtis

We can be brave by ourselves, but it’s so much easier to be brave knowing our friends have our backs.

Fifteen Seconds | The Fuckin’ Pilot

Fifteen seconds. 00:00:15. When laid out in black and white and contemplated in calmer moments of reflection, it seems barely enough time to process a thought and yet 15 seconds can at times have the audacity to draw out like a slow-motion sunrise and require one’s inescapable attention.

SkyGod

At the end of the day, when Fido is getting kicked off the DZ it’s not his fault, it’s yours. It’s a statement about your deficiencies as a pet owner and your inability to respect your fellow jumpers.

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