After multiple record camps and strenuous selection process, the vertical world record attempts kicked off at Skydive Chicago this morning.
The standing record is a 138-way, also set at Skydive Chicago in August, 2012. This years goal is ambitious – 175-way. The organizers are confident they have the talent to get the job done. The logistics of such an operation are overwhelming, but the team behind the record is adept at thinking on their feet (or, well – heads!) and adjusting when necessary.
Melissa Lowe will be our intrepid reporter on site – providing daily insights and updates from the record. We hope to bring you both words and video – and for those of you using smart phone app Periscope for live broadcasts, add MelissaLowe to your list to catch live updates from time to time. We just caught a snippet showing the participants wrapping up a debrief and getting ready for another dirt dive (click here to watch in a browser). Topics to work on from the first jump include ironing out the kinks, improve exit timing, adjust plane line up and onboard oxygen. On on!
Periscope Video: World Record weather hold video report – and mockup action.