Wing suits, base jumping, skydiving
My previous passion before whitewater was skydiving. I had a really hard time deciding which to pursue. I turned down a job as a camera jumper to do the safety kayaking. I found a lot of the jumps got boring after a while. Gravity works on everyone when stepping out of a plane.
I never jumped a wing suit, though I jumped several tracking suits (one step smaller). I always found them boring when stepping out of plane at 13000 ft AGL, but I think they'd be super fun base jumping. And I never did a BASE jump (though I still debate it, often). I think wing suit base jumping would be awesome. My thing is I'm greedy for free fall, and that is the one thing minimized in a basejump. shrug.
Lots of guys are coming within 6 feet of the ground, or literally running their hands along the cliff faces at 150mph these days. Crazy to me. I can't imagine how easily it would be to break a hand by ever so slightly touching the wall, only to have the arm come in (which would be like losing a wing on an airplane). It would all be over pretty quickly from there.
There were several ideas about how to land w/o a parachute (and live/not be maimed). One was similar to a ski jump, only going up it instead of down it. Another was landing in a speed boat. Another was landing in the back of a pickup truck driving very quickly. No one's succeeded yet to my knowledge.
To get a pretty, full loop while wearing a bird suit isn't really possible due to them stalling out I believe, though lesser versions can be done which are closer to a summersault or flip. Kind of like a plane going vertical and stalling out- it can still fall backwards to complete the loop. Wingsuits can generate quite a bit of lift if they're willing sacrifice a bit of speed.
It's neat watching the guys who are really good in the bird suits. They flock together and are super smooth. I needed 3 more jumps before I could legally take wingsuit lessons.
Watching this stuff always makes me nostalgic.
Anyone on here try hang gliding? I've been wondering about that one lately.