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Steve said:
Three times at the New River Gorge Bridge in BKY West Virginia.

Some of my friends have jumped that Fjord in Norway, that big hole in Mexico that you see in documentarys, the building where House of Blues is in Chicago. Last summer about this time, I watched two of my friends jump a microwave tower at night...that was about 300 feet and it was dark, no moon.
 

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Two times, both at Bridge Day. 800+ feet is plenty low enough.

Have some friends that are really into it. They jumped off the cable cars at Stone Mountain, GA. All were apprehended...
 

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FlyFlyFly said:
Two times, both at Bridge Day. 800+ feet is plenty low enough.

Have some friends that are really into it. They jumped off the cable cars at Stone Mountain, GA. All were apprehended...
Bridge Day is a hoot, ain't it? :) It might be the bunny hill of BASE jumping, but it's still a SPAN!

I did my first water landing under canopy there...couldn't make it to the landing area. On the second jump that day, we "figure eighted" my slider with duct tape and that made all the difference in the world. I was jumping an old "Raider 225" in a Vector sport jumping container, with the old big parachute lines and regular style risers...my slider was packed up on both jumps, but figure eighting it got my canopy open faster and reduced flying drag on the second jump.

It's amazing how much a wet parachute will try to drown you in a river.
 

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Steve said:
Any of you guys done it?

I've made quite a few BASE jumps. It's fun, but you better be damn good at packing a parachute since you don't have a reserve(on most BASE rigs, anyways). I've scared myself a few times, and I don't do the low stuff(below 500') anymore. I've been on a few jumps that allowed me to use my regular skydiving rig due to the height, and even gave me time to chop it and pull the reserve if necessary....but most are done on a Warlock(occasionally a Sorcerer I borrow) container and a Mojo 240 canopy.
 
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Used to jump off an 50 foot Railroad trestle into the San Jacinto river with no chute.
 

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I pulled the oh crap handle in an SR-22, does that count?

Kidding.

What do you need in terms of certification to jump New River Gorge on Bridge Day? Would an AFF course and USPA ticket do it?
 

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9GClub said:
I pulled the oh crap handle in an SR-22, does that count?

Kidding.

What do you need in terms of certification to jump New River Gorge on Bridge Day? Would an AFF course and USPA ticket do it?
You don't need anything...no certs, no nothing. If you really want to try the Bridge, look them up on the web...find their registration and information page.

You can use a sport rig for the jump, but don't bring one with an AAD in it. Two other things...

You'll need a larger pilot chute, but those can bought on-line ahead of time or at registration. Warning - if you put a new pilot chute on your rig, don't forget to properly secure it to the ring where it's supposed to go. There's nothing more embarssing than throwing your pilot chute and seeing it go away, when you are at 700 feet and accelerating towards the earth. This has happened before.

Also, if you use your sport rig at Bridge Day, you'll want to pack slider up, with the center of the slider duc taped through the middle like a figure eight. This allows your slider to continue to give you line over protection, but the figure eighting will help speed up the opening a bit. Warning-consult your rigger before, during and after any alterations! Do not use your figure eighted slider or oversize pilot chute to jump from an aircraft or to perform any jump where you intend to exceed sub-terminal velocities!

Third...try to go with someone you can trust, that has been to the bridge before. This is the absolute best way to ensure that you will have a great time and safe experiece. I know people do it, but I couldn't have imagined making my first one without some co-pilots...and what a heck of a party you'll have with your friends. Both before and after.
 
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