More amazing than imagined

Have you ever started on a project and then discovered something even more amazing than you ever imagined?  Something you had no idea was even possible?

Last summer I read how Joel organized 40+ people to jump out of a plane at WDS.  That inspired me to take skydiving lessons, which I started in July 2011.  By March of 2012, I had made over 100 jumps and earned a B (intermediate) skydiving license.

 

Skydive from 30,000 feet?

But then I read about a place where I could jump from 30,000 feet.  Normal jumps are from around 13,000 feet but to get to jump from 30,000 feet?  Someone would let me jump from the same altitude where commercial jets fly?

Where the air temperature is around 40 below zero? I knew the military made such high altitude jumps.  But for civilians? I had no idea that was even possible.

After learning more, I found out this type of jump is rarely offered because of the time and expense required.  For example, extra training and equipment are necessary because oxygen is required.  Of the 5 of us who jumped, two guys were even from the UK.  In fact it’s not uncommon for people to travel from other countries because such high altitude jumps are generally prohibited outside the US.

 

Two jumps in perfect weather

On April 9, 2012, we had perfect weather and made two jumps from approximately 30,000 feet. . . one in the day and one at night.  Here’s a video of the day jump.  The images are a little shaky because it was shot from a camera worn on my wrist.  But it gives an idea of what the jump was like.

Have you ever started on a project only to discover opportunities more amazing than you first imagined?  Something you had no idea was even possible?

 

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