Just another day…

The Wandering Nerd November 1st, 2007

So not much happened today in Interlaken, y’know, hung out, enjoyed the scenery, jumped out of a helicopter over the Alps. Yes, I’m quite serious. I jumped out of a perfectly good helicopter over the Swiss Alps. I’m in the blue, just so you know:

I’ve been staying here specifically to wait for a nice enough day to dive, and today was fantastic! Not a cloud in the sky. It was stupendous. I can put into words exactly how cool the helo ride and supsequent jump felt, but you can see somewhat it was like in the photos. These were all taken by Andrew Pfieffer, the other tandem jump master when I jumped:

The views were impeccable, the jump itself was a bit…interesting. If you follow the video you’ll note, if you pay special attention, that the chute got tangled in the jump. Wulf, the guy I was attached to, took care of it relatively quickly. I noticed it when he popped the chute that it didn’t unfurl as it was supposed to, but there wasn’t much I could do. So I just enjoyed the ride. I figured that if I was gonna’ splat unceremoniously against the Earth, I certainly was going to enjoy the way down. Wulf took care of untangling us and we had a chance to do some more flat spins, which I have decided I love. You’ll note I was laughing like a banshee for the majority of the free fall. It made out to be about 40 seconds of falling over the Alps. That’s a far cry from sitting in a cube in Nashville.

I ended up talking Stephen, the other guy in the video, into jumping. Hey, they wouldn’t jump with less than two people. It was purely pragmatic. I think he enjoyed it, as you can tell in the video. If you’re gonna’ have your first jump, it may as well be over the freakin Alps!

Interlaken is expensive, have no doubts. Though I will say it offers opportunities that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the world. I will be back. I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg on dangerous and miraculous things I can attempt here. For the sake of my wallet and person, I’m heading into Italy tomorrow.

your mind and your experience call to me
you have lived and your intelligence is sexy

2 Responses to “Just another day…”

  1. Picidaeon 03 Nov 2007 at 9:54 pm

    QQ I can never get your videos to work on my comp. :( but that sure does sound like an ideal place to have your first jump! glad that you made it down safely. nothing like scraping a splatted naj off the ground below. i would not want to have that job! hehe.

  2. The Parentson 06 Nov 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Sure glad you landed safely. that sounds like fun , but I couldn’t do it..Too chicken. Enjoy your traveling. The Parents

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