First skydive provides test and life-altering experience

19 Sep

Please ignore the gut and my deer-in-the-headlights look in the video below. The skills of the videographer just floor me. As you’ll see, he actually climbs out of the plane and hangs off the fuselage to film us approaching the door, then falls away with us.

It wasn’t the thought of plummeting toward Earth at 120 mph that had my mind racing. Nor was it the rapid climb to altitude or the sight of the small airstrip shrinking below us as the seconds ticked away. No, my thoughts remained unshakably consumed by a more disturbing notion — that of willingly stepping off the edge into sheer nothingness.

Nonetheless, the vibe in the stripped-down Beechcraft’s noisy hull so far had been eerily sanguine. The butterflies in my stomach began stirring only when the jumpmaster slid open the fuselage door, exposing our safe cocoon to the blare and rush of thin air. The white “go light” on the plane’s rear bulkhead flashed, signaling the OK to exit. 

Cue the heart palpitations.

Click here to read the full story.

Many thanks to Kyle Wiezburg, Chris Warnock, Douglas Spotted Eagle, and the rest of the team at Skydive Utah. The jumping season runs for about 5 more weeks. Right now they’re running a couples sunset jump program. Visit or call them at 1-888-JUMP-NOW for more info.


3 responses to “First skydive provides test and life-altering experience

  1. Kristine Shreve

    September 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t think you would ever get me to do that. You’re far braver than I would be.

  2. bonnevillemariner

    September 19, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    You know, I used to think the same thing!

  3. Tom Sorenson

    September 24, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Wow – my heart was beating fast just watching the video! Rather you than me! 🙂

    After having run a video camera now for the last couple years, I am really impressed with what that guy was able to do while falling 120 mph! Very impressive.


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