Tearing Up the Sky - Being Superman?

Trip Start Nov 17, 2006
Trip End Jan 24, 2007

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Update 16: Tearing up the Sky - Being Superman?
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Date: Thursday, 18th Jan 07

Cordoba what a great place. Actually, more so what a great hostel. We stayed at this brand new hostel which had opened a month before and was run by a couple of enterprising Jewish guys. The place was so chilled with the best free internet i have seen this trip, tv with dvd, upper level with a hammock, bar area and even a swimming pool - which is what sold us on the hostel in the first place. The pool - wow. Amazing is the only word for it. 3m x 1.5m, less than 30cm deep - thats right - a kiddies wading pool. But hey, it does the job.

Definitely the highlight of stay was my time, as brief as it was skydiving. Having never been before, i was amped to get up there and jump. I lined it up for tuesday only to be denied by the poor weather - quite frustrating as i had given up going out the night before to make sure i was fresh for it. Wed came, with some blue skies and weather adequate for diving. In fact, the skydiving centre called the hostel to tell us to get there asap! Awesome!

Arriving there in the taxi, i didnt know what to expect, but i looked up and right then someone jumped, no two, out of the plane. Their free fall was so fast, and then a little bit later, the chutes opened and made their way slowly to the ground. We had to wait about for a bit before it was our turn, and finally, about 1 1/2 hours later it was my turn. We had our instructions with 3 key points and the instructor would do the rest.

I doned my fashionable yellow jumpsuit and the it was time for my harness, oh my gosh so tight, kinda weird, but my instructor made sure that my legacy would remain intact - could be painful. We headed out to the plane - a four seater sized single engine cessna with 1 seat for the pilot and we were on the floor - my instructor, me and the camera man. Once in the plane i really questioned what the heck i was doing. heart beat up a notch.

The plane ride seemed to take forever and i marked time by watching the little altimeter on my guides arm. Finally we hit about 6000ft and it was time to get strapped in - kinda weird sitting on my instructors lap as he tightened me into himself and every time he took a breath i felt it... i had to sinc my breathing with his... anyways... We got to 8500 ft, door opened, out went the camera man, we edged to the door, 3-2-1. GO!

The first 3 - 4 seconds of free fall were insane as we accelerated to terminal velocity. On the way we went upside down. A complete feeling of helplessness. It is like jumping off a big cliff and that moment you have in mid-air, as your heart hits your throat, and you are utterly at the mercy of gravity! Wow... if there was ever a time to soil your pants, that would have been it! After that, i relaxed somewhat and the ride was insane! We were freefalling for about 25 seconds in which i think every drop of moisture was taken from my mouth but i didnt care. We did some horizontal spins and stuff before yanking the chute and cruising to the ground - on the way pulling some Gs as we did donuts in mid-air. Phenomenal!

The video can be seen on my myspace page at www.myspace.com/nhinton or at photobucket at http://s145.photobucket.com/albums/r206/nathanhinton/?action=view&current=Skydive.flv?t=1169076782

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