Now that’s a trip around the world!

May 2, 2005

For my 30th Birthday I jumped out of a plane. The nice folks at the Atlanta Skydiving Center gave me a waiver that essentially said, “You could die doing this. If you do, it is not our fault, we warned you.” Then I watched a video that explained the waiver and reinforced the point that, “You don’t have to do this. People get hurt. Ask us, we’ll give you a list.” I signed and initialed at least 18 times. Then I jumped out of a plane.

The only scary part was when I was squatting on the lip of the plane’s cargo door at 14,211 feet, feeling like I might fall. Then I realized, I was certainly going to fall! Once out of the plane it was not what I expected. It didn’t feel at all like falling in a dream, and even though I was going 120 mph it didn’t feel so fast because there was nothing nearby to measure my speed against. That’s the way it goes when you jump out of a plane. Of course, when someone base jumps from a building, bridge or cliff it is a little different.

I just watched this 9 minute video clip of a base jumper’s trip around the world and I was sweating the whole time. It is a 30 meg download, but one of the best videos I have ever seen.

Thanks to Jimbo’s excellent Link Dump for the video.


  1. Wasn’t that back when you were just a pup? What’s the connection… will the trip start out amazing-race style with you being pushed out of a plane flying high above the amazon, with nothing but a parachute?

    Comment by dkearns — May 17, 2005 @ 2:18 am

  2. It seems not every base jumper does so well. Here is a story of a guy who jumped off the Eiffel tower and did no make it.

    Comment by Administrator — May 17, 2005 @ 12:49 pm

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