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Old 2017-09-21, 11:47 PM   #16
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Sacherjj – I'm a skydiver, not a basejumper! LOL. On a side note, the height at which a person has a 50% chance of dying from a fall (LD50) is only about 48 feet. I'm somewhat surprised it's that high. Falling from a 7.5 footer will give you an appreciation of that.
At one of the Hang Gliding meets I went to with Dad decades ago, we had a guy jumping out of a dual ultralight. He was obviously not used to the 4-5000 ft drop, instead of 14,000 ft. He pulled about 1000-1500, didn't fully decelerate until a few hundred feet. It was much closer than he planned. And I assume his canopy was a slower open than a base jump setup. We were sure he was going to burn in, just as he pulled.

You jump at Free Fall? I've got tons of weight to lose to make jump weight, but I always wanted to try at least a tandem jump.

I'm in Center Grove area in during the weekend. Near 37 and 144. So less than a half hour from Franklin.

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Old 2017-09-22, 02:48 AM   #17
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sacherjj - I'll send you a pm so we aren't hijacking Oldman's thread.
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Old 2017-09-22, 04:21 AM   #18
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Might be safer with a higher giraffe, as long as you are a licensed skydiver.
Safer for you, not so great for people along that line between the wheel and where the seat comes down!
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On a side note, the height at which a person has a 50% chance of dying from a fall (LD50) is only about 48 feet. I'm somewhat surprised it's that high. Falling from a 7.5 footer will give you an appreciation of that.
It's not so much about how high, but how you land. Things can get sketchy in parades, where you're not riding in a controlled and pre-vetted parking lot. Heavily traveled streets usually have some pretty torn up bits here and there, and they can be hard to judge from directly above. Stay safe out there, and be kind to your feet/ankles until you heal up properly. We're not getting any younger!

Speaking of which, Oldman, riding unicycles can be like a fountain of youth. Stick with it and you'll get younger! Don't be afraid to meet up with other riders, there's always fun to be had, whatever your level. Soon you'll probably want to change your Forums handle!
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