i94: October 2017

On the cover

Katie Hansen shredding her face off above Skydive California. Photo by Guru Khalsa.

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Cover Photo | Guru Khalsa

Featured Photo | Niklas Daniel • axisflightschool.com

Niklas Daniel taking a selfie over the Swiss Alps.

The FlyBy

50 Years of Magic at Lost Prairie | By Krisanne Combs

Even though it evolves, Lost Prairie’s not going anywhere. With the new facilities of Meadow Peak Skydiving, and a new cadre of jumpers introduced to the magic and tradition of the boogie every year, the boogie is one of those that inspires nothing less than enduring loyalty in anyone who attends. They head home from their magical “summer camp for skydivers” and talk a few more people into coming, who experience the wonders themselves, and the evangelism continues. Another 50 years for this legendary boogie seem entirely possible!

50 Years of Magic at Lost Prairie

From Darkness into Light | By Heather Orr

I had not the slightest clue that this would be the jump of all jumps, the most magnificent in-air experience of my life.

From Darkness into Light

Centerfold | By Tyler Roemer • facebook.com/CollectivePitch

Stacking jump above Start Skydiving! in Middletown, Ohio.

Blue Skies Magazine i94: October 2017 | Centerfold: Stacking jump above Start Skydiving! in Middletown, Ohio. Photo by Tyler Roemer facebook.com/CollectivePitch | http://blueskiesmag.com/project/i94-october-2017

Blue Skies Magazine i94: October 2017 | Centerfold: Stacking jump above Start Skydiving! in Middletown, Ohio. Photo by Tyler Roemer facebook.com/CollectivePitch

Sky to BASE | By Joe Putrino, Apex BASE

But before we point you in the direction of the nearest BASE object you’ll want to make sure you do everything in your power to prepare adequately to become a safe, long-term—and ultimately old—BASE jumper.

https://blueskiesmag.com/2017/11/07/sky-to-base/

Is GoFundMe Our New Health Insurance? | James La Barrie {Dropzone Marketing}

If you choose to skydive without insurance and you’re injured, what does the rest of your life look like financially?

+Turning Points+ Bad Word: 4-way Team | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

I believe it is the “team” word that causes skydivers to shudder and take a step backward when they hear it. The word “team,” especially when it is connected to 4-way or 8-way, means for most skydivers a serious commitment that costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time.

From Comp Lines to Fixed Wings | The Fuckin’ Pilot

I see Facebook posts all the time now that show jumpers with headsets on instead of helmets, glasses instead of goggles, and controls in hand instead of toggles as they are happily flying from the left seat. Now not all of them are looking to make a career out of flying, and some are just playing around with it, but they are flying just the same, which is cool as fucking hell!

“Why? Sky.” | Melanie Curtis

Even, after two decades and more, I’m still so in love with flying high and I don’t really know why.

SkyGod

It’s not that SkyGod cares about you or your bills; he’s just tired of seeing GoFundMe pages for asshats who do dumb shit and then expect to pay by begging for money from the rest of the community.

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