What did you do this Morning!!!

Trip Start Apr 11, 2005
Trip End ??? ??, 2006

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Well we woke up looked out the window and thought its a nice day to jump out of a plane!!!!

Yes we went Skydiving. And more to the point SURVIVED.

Nothing can really prepare you for jumping out of a plane your either mad enough to do it or your not. We now fit into the former category. I phoned originally to see about the prices and when they could fit me in, if, by chance I could build up the courage to take the leap. I returned to the camper van and told KT I was to jump in 1 1/2 hrs time. Oh was the response I got!

The drive to the airport was a very quiet one with only the music in the background giving a slight distraction from the madness that was to come. In my usual style we arrived early as I wanted to check everything out first. The guys at the front desk were a great laugh letting me know they haven't lost anyone in the last 5days and they were nearly at an all time record of 6 days with no fatalities.

I had opted to go for the 12,000ft drop to include video, pics and a commemorative t-shirt. Whilst signing my life away they convinced me that 15,000ft was the way to go and thats what most people did, lying bastards, no one had done that height in ages, even the guy doing the paper work had never done that height before (but today was also to be his lucky day). Kt wasn't going to do the jump and they tried coaxing her into it to no avail, but after seeing a video and some gentle persuasion from me she was also signed up, I wasn't going to die alone!

Suited up and in the plane the mood was still good even tough I was sat on another blokes crotch! It was quite hard to hear anything as we climbed to altitude and as my instructor hadn't had chance to brief me on the ground he was trying to tell me what to do in the plane. Needless to say with the adrenalin starting to pump and the noise of the wind etc none of it went in. All I remember him saying was that he needed me to swing my legs up to around the door and voluntarily sit outside, was he mad.

The tap came, we were there, suddenly time stood still, the door was opened and I could see my coffin 15,000ft below. I had trouble swinging my legs around in the tiny space but with a not very dignified effort I was there sitting legs hanging out of the plane ready to go. My head was pulled back and we were out the door.

WooooooooHooooooooo, we were falling fear turned into sheer excitement, excitement turned into slight panic as I realised I couldn't breath very well. I was waiting for the thumbs up to say I could let go of my harness but I never seemed to get it.

We were falling at a speed of 130mph and were to free fall for around 1 minute. You could see the rain in the clouds pounding into your face. Your whole face expanding at the cheeks were the air was forcing them to puff out. The thrill was overwhelming. Wave to the camera I could see him saying. A quick wave and the parachute was opened. It grabed hold and we flew upwards as the speed suddenly dissapated and we were gently floating around at around 5,000ft. Whoops of joy and several expletives later I couldn't comprehend the rush I had just experienced. Gary took my goggles of and I could see really well for miles, there was the lake below, snow caped mountains in the distance and a beautifull blue sky for us to play with for the next few minutes.

I tried to look for KT but couldn't see her, I could see however that there were no splats on the ground so her shute must have also opened.

Floating around was great, piece and quiet coupled together with a great view and a bit of local knowledge from Gary. Then all too soon the landing site was there, "lift you legs high and we'll land on our arses" was the instruction given, legs up out front and then a slight bump and we were down, a few more cheers of joy and it was all over.

Skydive Taupo made the experiance one I will do time and time again, well one day maybe! I dont think I want to cheat death to soon again, well not until the bungy jump any way.
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