Extreme Valentines Day

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Feeling excited
What an incredible day! This morning we boarded a jet boat and roared down the shotover river and through it's tight and twisty canyons. To be honest it wasn't overly adrenalised but it was really good fun as we and 10 other (old aged) people (yes, average age in our jet boat was about 50!) hurtled along the river doing 360 degree spins and close-to-the-rocks-while-at-180-degree's fly-pasts.

We thought this was going to be all there was today as the weather was supposed to be so bad but it turned out to be awesome so we gave the NZ Sky Dive company a call and they said we could straight over...and so we did!

Lou didn't want to jump but I was pumped for it after narrowly missing out the opportunity the day before due to wind and having to replace with mini golf and some go carting (although it was great fun too!)

So anyway, we got there, and there was just one person going up before me.
feeling terrified!
It's quite a small set-up over at Glenorchy - just a little one seater plane and you, the instructor and the cameraman. That's it!

You climb to 12,000 feet following a 5 min briefing which basically involves you being told to arch back on take-off and bring your legs forward on landing. Apart from that, you just J..
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I can't really do the experience justice. It's simply the most amazing experience of my life. You kind of leave your stomach in the plane when you jump out and then it kinda catches up with you again when you pull the chute. The freefall is just incredible! When the chute was pulled and the instuctor asked how I was doing I just kinda giggled and laughed for about 2 minutes unable to speak.
loving it..
Really amazing.

We couldn't have jumped in a more beautiful place either - glacier-topped moutains in a ring around a beautiful lake and Queens Town in the distance - incredible!

After we landed the come-down was really strong and i just kinda stared into space desperately trying to remember what had happened. It's over so quickly that I'm so glad I got a DVD and pics to go with the jump - it helps so much to remember the feeling. I'll get it up on you tube asap.

We waited around for a while because some more experienced people where doing a jump with faster chutes and so on. It was great watching them come down and one guy was going so fast and twisting a turning I was thinking to myself "man, he's coming in fast, he's extreme"....unfortunately he didn't quite control the landing and at the last minute just didn't turn right and absolutely SMACKED the ground, legs and arms flailing all over.
still loving it..
..and then....just laid there.

horrible...

....after a while he got up and started walking around and we just couldn't believe nothing seemed to be broken - unbelievable. One guy we were with said it was the worse fall he'd seen and he'd seen people with far softer landing smash themselves to pieces. We just stared open-mouthed at watching him walk around.

After a while though, the adrenalin subsided and the shock visably kicked in and he had to lie down. In time the ambulance came and they strapped him up in a neck brace and took him away. It seems there's a high chance he's fractured his back, but it could have been so much worse.

It really brought it home to us what an extreme activity skydiving really is and miles away from the comparatively tame tandem jump that I'd just done. It's kind of mad but we've both only really thought about his crash landing in the last hour or so. That said, we've just watched the DVD of my jump back and the feel-good vibe is back - along with gratitude!!

all in all, an awesome day and one that makes you feel SO ALIVE!!!!!!
ted332 says:
Fun!
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
melissatms says:
What a great way to spend the day!
Posted on: Feb 14, 2008
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Feeling excited
Feeling excited
feeling terrified!
feeling terrified!
loving it..
loving it..
still loving it..
still loving it..
:-)
:-)
yeeeeAAAAAHHAHAHAHA
yeeeeAAAAAHHAHAHAHA
joy
joy
overwhelmed by nature
overwhelmed by nature
stoked
stoked
landing
landing
the boys
the boys
so happy I jumped here
so happy I jumped here
is it me or is that cloud shadow t…
is it me or is that cloud shadow …
scenery from plane on the way up
scenery from plane on the way up
lake is so big
lake is so big
snow-topped peaks
snow-topped peaks
Generally loving it - but the loo…
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