My Skydiving Experience (with pictures)

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"Now this is what you call a real AIRDROP."

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As you can tell, the view from over 10,000 ft is quite breathtaking, perhaps even gut-wrenching to some. This was one of the greatest experiences of my life so far. The truth is, when I went skydiving 2 years ago, it was the first time I had ever even been on an airplane! My plan was to not even really think about what was going to happen until it was happening, that was the only way to not psyche myself out of doing it.

I was required to jump tandem, which I am pretty sure was the best idea. Beforehand I basically signed my life over on a release form. It stated that if something went wrong and I happened to die during the experience, they were not liable.
Of course I accepted, like the wreck-less maniac that I can be sometimes. Next I observed the man who was both folding up my would-be parachute and casually drinking a beer at the same time. He was cracking jokes about how often he prepares the parachutes incorrectly. I am almost certain that all of the people involved with the establishment thought I was extremely nervous since I was not talking a whole lot. Truth be told, in my head I was already up in the clouds (although there was zero cloud coverage that summer day).

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So we finally were inside of the very small airplane. It barely had room to fit the pilot, my tandem partner, the photographer, and myself. The climb was slow, which gave me plenty of time to get an eagle-eye view of the land below. I could see the mountains where the ski resorts are over 100 miles away!
The closer we got to our proper altitude the more I started to shiver. The temperature dropped rapidly and got well below freezing upon reaching 10,000 feet, it was 80 degrees on the ground that day.

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Once it was finally time to jump, it finally hit me, I was looking over the edge with my feet hanging off. My eyes grew huge and my body nearly imploded with both excitement and fear. Before I could even fully react, my instructor had jumped us both of into a free-fall state. The feeling was euphoric, much more of an adrenaline rush than any roller coaster ride I had been on. My spine felt as decompressed as it had ever been. The wind was screaming in my ears so viscously. Somehow it was still pretty easy to move around, I thought there may be pressure that made it a tough task.

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Then in the blink of an eye I was tapped on the shoulder, which was my signal to pull our parachute. All of a sudden I could somewhat hear again and felt the sound of myself screaming with joy and laughter. The glide back to the surface was in slow-motion, allowing me to yet again seek all that there was to offer from my view. I was mesmerized.

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Once we finally got towards the ground I was told to keep my legs straight and raised, as we would be landing on our bottom first. It didn't hurt one bit, but I am sure we had grass stains. I quickly noticed that my hearing seemed totally different, which lasted the rest of the evening. It was similar to how your ears pop whenever you are driving up to a higher altitude than you are used to living. Except this was a whole new level, it was caused from speedily changing our altitude and was completely normal I was told.

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All in all, this was an experience that I will absolutely never forget. I hope to one day do it again, perhaps over the ocean next time.

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Best Regards,
@daltono

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This post has received a 5.71% upvote from @aksdwi thanks to: @daltono.

Part of me really wants to try it, part of me knows I'd be terrified from the moment the chute was pulled till I was back on the ground. I think the falling would be fun, but having to look down for 2-3 minutes for the gliding down part would be too much for my fear of heights lol

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Dude just go for it. We must break through the walls of fear to feel the bliss. Take somebody with you if that helps. It’s a lot easier to go inside of a deep dark cave with a group than it is all alone.