Saturday I went down to Virginia Skydiving Center to see if I could sneak in a few jumps. The weather report looked grim, but you never know when the clouds could open up and a quick jump could happen. As a wise skydiver once told me, “If you don’t show up, you can’t jump!”
I got down there around 10am and it had already began to sprinkle. I knew I was in for the long haul so I found some fun people to chat with and parked my butt in a chair. The day was mixed with conversations of jumping, triathlons, and lots of clouds! We kept walking out to see if the sky was clearing up and the low ceiling was hanging tight.
“If you don’t show up, you can’t jump!”
At one point mid afternoon, there was a small hole in the clouds and the bright blue sky was sneaking through. The DZ started buzzing and people were pushing to get up in the sky. Four jumpers got on a flight for a quick hop-and-pop and took off. We all went outside to see how it went and we could see the hole closing up. Finally their parachutes popped open and we saw them coming down. A few booms of thunder and the jumpers were on the ground fast. That was it, clouds closed right back up and we went back to sitting on our asses.
The upside to all of this is I had a reserve repack done by the DZ owner just before I went down there and I was able to pick up my new rig! YAY, I FREAKIN’ OWN A PARACHUTE! It’s a UPT Vector 3 Micron with a Spectre 170 / PD-160 reserve and a Cypress with two years left on it. I just downloaded the manual so I know what I’ll be reading for the next few days! I still can’t jump it yet, because my canopy is a 170 and I’m still jumping a 190, but soon enough I will be ready to jump it. For now I can practice packing, get familiar with the new container, and get better at skydiving! Hopefully when I get down there again in a few weeks we’ll have some nice weather.