Jump Change

By The Editors
June 28, 2012 9:00 am

Though skydiving’s a rush, most hops start at a paltry 13,000 feet, which gives you a scant few minutes to enjoy the surreal cloud-level silence, see the curvature of the earth, and ignore the excited man strapped romantically to your backside.

Get double that extreme with Halojumper, the only outfit in North America to offer 30,000-foot jumps for beginners, now open for the summer.

[callout] … “High Altitude, Low-Open” jumps from transport planes [/callout]

Run by world record-holding military/special ops vets, Halojumper’s a Tennessee- and Mississippi-based outfit offering military-style “High Altitude, Low-Open” jumps from transport planes.

These adrenalized leaps of faith, usually reserved for risky military operations (and a Spanish Pierce Brosnan), include a six-mile, 125 mph plummet to the earth, with a safety chute deploying moments before touchdown.

Halojumper offers sixteen different jumps, starting with tandem jumps for newbies up to night jumps and a combo HALO jump/deep scuba dive for skydive experts.Warning: It’s not for the faint of heart — new jumpers need to be in good health, below 225 lbs and complete a morning-long orientation, equipment fitting and high-altitude breathing workshop.

Because when you defy breathing, you have a whole ‘nother set of challenges.


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