Monday, February 13, 2006

Onsight hot air balloon flying

So, anyone here flown a hot air balloon before?

Miles D.: Nope.
Mark Ridley.: Nope
Chris Mac: Nope

but really, how complicated can it be?

Minutes later, the envelope was smoking as the flame singed a 2 x 2 foot patch. no holes, no fire... no problem.

Miles D. on the first flight. Mark Ridley tries to keep the balloon from flying onto the neighbors house.

With a little ice farming, Twin Falls could be an ice climbing mecca.

Nevada does have its moments.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A REALLY big snowboard jump

I had it all worked out in my mind. Lots of speed. Front grab with left hand. Pilot chute with right hand. Spin 90 left to get square on-heading opening.

It didn't quite work out that way.

I rotated 90 degrees when i pulled... just 90 the wrong direction. So. Uh. The good news is I had an on heading opening. Uh. The bad news is that i was heading into the wall. Fortunately, I had launched away from the cliff enough to get it turned around in time.

Shane McConkey graded the jump a D+ and added: "Don't worry, a D+ is almost as good as an A"

Later, while studying the video he changed his mind. "Sorry, man, you corrected your heading too fast. I have to give you a C- "

That sucks. D+ is almost as good as A. C- is just C-.

Ill be back to work on my GPA.

I then came back a month later for the APOOPA event and made another jump... that has been called "The Biggest Tindy Grab Ever"

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