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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 30, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Yeah, Base, I've heard Rick's stories first-hand.
I bet you didn't know he was into cross-dressing. ;-)

Credit: Reilly
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 3, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
About that Solar Plane...

http://grist.org/list/watch-a-solar-plane-fly-across-america/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&kmi=robbertken2008%40mac.com&km_subscriber-email=1&km_subscriber-daily=1

 There is a video of the action as its happening…. They are on-board, and announcing while this is going. Supposed to be landing the plane around midnight Mountain Time…..

I just watched an explanation of how they figured out the waste problem of a flight of this type with a plane of this type….


Slow and steady wins the race….
Tfish

Trad climber
La Crescenta, CA
May 3, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Fun jump from last week
Bat Hanging at Taft
Bat Hanging at Taft
Credit: Tfish
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 02:25am PT
Nice shot T! It's been a long time since I pulled that move. Classic shot at a VERY classic DZ! Taft was one of the first DZs in the state.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
May 4, 2013 - 03:02am PT
Strato Star main, a wonderhog container

i started out with a double-L, then a TU, then a ParaCommander, then Papillon, then a Strato Star, then a Cloud, currently a Diablo
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 4, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Flight in the last operational B-24 with one of the original pilots.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 4, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
Tfish, what the hell is on the underside of the Cessna's wing?
And I hope you had sunscreen on yer bare arms!

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

A very sad accident this week - it seems that upon takeoff the load in this
747 shifted rearwards causing an unrecoverable stall.

BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
May 4, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
JayMark,

Cool! Somebody knows what I'm yacking about. The Sratostar was a pretty pathetic parachute, but prior to that, everyone was jumping rounds with big belly mounted reserves.

The Para Commander came out and that sucker was so full of vent holes that it boggled the mind. It did have some forward speed, so you could target a landing spot. Nothing like a square.

Yeah, JM. My buddy John Hoover jumped a StratoCloud. Those were actually good BASE canopies other than the pack weight. I can't even remember my first real rig. I don't recognize that first El Cap route to be my real rig, because it had so many steering line entanglements. I cut it up and used it for stuff. It was total junk. 3 malfunctions in 25 jumps (luckily none on that El Cap jump).

Malfunctions used to be fairly common. Later in my jumping career, the skydiving canopies got better and better. This was all prior to the first BASE specific canopies. The market used to be so tiny. At one point I was in the top 10 in the world with 100 BASE jumps.

By the time I had a Sabre, gear was super good. Sabre's were super fast and you could jump a tiny one. What ended my BASE career was jumping a 1500 foot antenna with the Sabre, because I was too lazy to get my BASE rig together. I opened off heading and flew through the wires.

I landed and was pretty freaked out. My son was about 2 years old, so I hung it up. Never did another one. Skydiving went out the window shortly afterwards. Too much money if you have a family to take care of.

All in all, I'm happy with my choices. My son is in college, handsome like his mother, (who is smoking hot), making good grades and is generally a good person. That is a chore worth nigh anything. No regrets.

Damn. I can't think of the name. Everyone was jumping 220 sq ft seven cells fairly rapidly. Nine cells came out very quickly, but they were too hot for BASE. One guy had a Unit, one friend had a Pegasus, Ravens were good when they finally came out. For the life of me I can't remember the model of that rainbow canopy above, and it was a very popular paraflite model.

The way that we used to pick BASE canopies was skydiving. Some parachutes just wouldn't open straight, or had line twists, or a slow snivel on the opening. Then we would nab that one canopy and use it for BASE. It sounds sort of primeval these days, but back then the quality control was so poor that a certain model could have great ones and shitty ones.

I got that rainbow rig above from a dead guy's estate. He was kinda reckless and inexperienced. He had a malfunction and cut away too low. His reserve was barely out of the container, and he landed kind of on his ass and backwards, so it had these eternal grass stains on the pin flap and the inside of the container.

It was brand new, man. The rigger sewed it back up in 30 minutes and then I skydived and BASE'd the sh#t out of it.

Some people were freaked a little about the death rig, but it was super cheap, modern for the time, and I always had this reply to questions about its history:

"What are the odds of it happening twice on the same rig?"

Then I became a horrible low pull artist and got banned from a few DZ's for a while.
JayMark

Social climber
Oxnard, CA
May 4, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Base104,

That all sounds so familiar. I started in '63 on a Double-L also and then modified a 28 round in to a 7 panel TU. Before I got the Strato Star I was jumping a Thunderbow Piggyback. That thing was a load. I was a Navy rigger in those days back in '64-68. Home DZ was Arvin til 67 and then Calif. City and finally Taft. Many trips to Elsinore and Perris Valley followed. No base jumps though. It's fun to hear about your experiences. We probably know a lot of the same jumpers, although maybe frequented different DZ's. Hottest canopy I jumped was the Moriah or something like that, again an early 7 cell from the '80s.

Did you know Spike Yarder, Spikes Beech ? We lost it in the '80s in a crash on take off at Taft. The have a reunion up there at Taft occasionally. Those were the days, much like the 70's in climbing.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 09:57pm PT
Reilly,

As soon as I saw the video and read about the manifest that was my guess. That was a sad deal for sure. Nasty video of what a full blown stall at low altitude looks like.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - May 4, 2013 - 10:02pm PT
I know more then I would like to about old rigs haha. The DZ I started at, InStead Skysports, was a bit of an outlaw place with a lot of the old gear still in use.

I started there as a packer when I was 16, and did my first IAD the day after my 18th birthday with all my own gear. Had a Condor container with a leg pocket, a Titan 260 main and a Pioneer 28 reserve.

My first mal was on a Pegasus, had a super hard opening and looked up to a bunch of confetti flying off of it - blew the center cells all to hell. Not a fun ride.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 4, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
My Bro Ken Anderson jumped out a Stead while it was in business.

Few probably even know Carson had a DZ for a while.. And out law it was lol> Fun too!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
May 6, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Yesterday!

Credit: Kait Barber


Credit: Kait Barber
snakefoot

climber
cali
May 6, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
wild stories BASE104, truly a different age with the specialized gear now.

nice Ammon, nothing like burning a hole in the sky.
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
May 7, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
A couple days ago my Wife and I got to be the 1st people to ever BASE jump the Western Hemispheres tallest bridge. Baluarte Bridge(sorta near Durango, Mexico. Close to 1,400'. It was an invite only event spomsored by the Government of Durango and Go Fast Energy. Gnarliest landing area ever and sooooo beautiful. The climbing potential is endless as well.

Credit: Wifey
Go Fast Girls!
Go Fast Girls!
Credit: Wifey
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 7, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
How fast were they, Hankster?
snakefoot

climber
cali
May 7, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
hank is also sponsored by T&A
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Topic Author's Reply - May 7, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Dayum Hank! Saying that LZ was gnarly is an understatement. Well done! That was some sick stuff!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
May 7, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Awesome Hank!
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
May 7, 2013 - 08:32pm PT
Righting hankster
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