BASE104, thanks for your posts on this thread, and especially the beta about getting into paragliding. Like many of your posts, I've copied and saved this info. Ignore the hecklers - there are always whiners, no matter the subject here on the Taco. I guess their Moms didn't teach them proper etiquette :-)
You are very well informed, and I always appreciate what you have to say.
I don't envy Dean Potter, Shane McConkey or any other misguided soul who "died doing what they love."(gag) I still climb and tele and boat and swim. I still hug my kid. You can hump fame's leg all your life. That ain't me. It's the fanboys like this crowd that are so embarrassingly dense.
Dying doing what you love doesn't matter. Living doing what you love does. Those guys did.
You think you're not rolling the dice every time you go skiing or climbing, or getting in a car? You are.
The difference is, you're a judgy prick about it.
Flip I'm just curious s how many guys you really really knew got smeared as you put it.
I knew Stanley and not one ounce of me ever felt anything but happy he was happy jumping. I look back two years now and the only thing I wish is he got to be was a father. I'm sure you get that being one yourself. Really amazing magic moments happen when your raising a child. I suspect similar to the joy of jumping or climbing hard like Stanley did.
Werner is right those guys know that jumping happens all the time and certain people are jumping all the time. Like Werner said you have to be caught to be convicted.
Funny how people don't really take the valley LEO serious as a highly trained officer. The man knows! it's just some don't seem to understand how much they know.