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skydiving trip
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Posted 4:52 PM 1/19/2005
This thread has been created as a forum to discuss the following trip:

Trip Name: skydiving trip
Date: from 2/26/2005 to 2/26/2005
Posted by: Joe McLain

Please post any question or comments about the trip below.
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Posted 12:38 PM 1/20/2005
Sung asked about a group discout. We do, indeed, get a group discount. If 10 people attend the event, we get a $20 discount which brings the price down to $160.

Hope to see you there!

Joe.
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Posted 10:48 AM 1/21/2005
Okay - so we're look at $160 each - does that include all gear, training, etc.?  That's a good price - I am very excited!
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Posted 11:45 AM 1/21/2005
That's correct, Linda. Rather than do a solo jump where you go through five or six hours of training and are then thrown out of an airplane with an instantly deploying parachute to stress about your landing on your own, the jump focuses on being 100% enjoyable. You'll jump tandem so you don't have to worry about a thing. Think of it as wearing a guy with literally thousands of jumps as a backpack. He'll be the one in charge of deploying and getting you down safely and in the correct place. You'll probably jump from 13000 feet and freefall down to 6000, where your jumpmaster will deploy. From there on you'll be under a canopy and enjoying the thrill of flight. It's truly a beautiful thing. When you get down low enough that you have to land your jumpmaster will ensure that you're on track and they typically come in for a gentle, stand-up landing.

The cost depends on how many people attend but I'm guessing we'll probably qualify for the maximum discount and it'll end up being $160. That covers the ride on the airplane, the rental of the equipment and the payment to your jumpmaster.

Any other questions? Feel free to holler!

Take care -

Joe.
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Posted 11:17 AM 1/24/2005

Does everyone have to drive to the skydiving site separately?  And what is the exact location?  I don't think the location info is posted yet.

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Posted 11:37 AM 1/24/2005
The drop zone is at the Lompoc airport. I'll be posting directions soon and will e-mail them to everybody as well. Several people have expressed an interest in carpooling so it's a definite possibility; we'll just have to see who all's going and where they're leaving from.

Cheers!

Joe.
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Posted 11:40 AM 1/24/2005
Thanks for your reply...by the way, what time are we meeting at Lompoc? 
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Posted 11:51 AM 1/24/2005
We need to be there at 9:00 on the morning of Saturday, 26 February.

More questions? Fire away!

Joe.
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Posted 3:53 PM 1/26/2005
It looks like there are several people coming up from the Orange County area. I'll send out a note the week before the jump and see if we can build a carpool.

Cheers!
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Posted 4:37 PM 1/27/2005

Hi Joe,

Got your follow-up email, thanks.  It's been sorta crazy with my move to my new house(!), haven't had time yet to call in my reservation, but will do soon.  

Rounding up a good carpool from OC would be awesome.  I may consider driving up Fri. nite & stay up there as you suggested.  That'll make for a more relaxed Sat. morn. start...  I think my heart will be racing fast enuf just thinking about doing my first (even if it's tandem) jump, hi hi hi :)

Cheers,

-Lily

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Posted 3:16 PM 2/15/2005
I just sent out a notice that I'm organizing carpools. Let me know if you're interested!

Joe.
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Posted 11:26 AM 2/24/2005
Skydive Santa Barbara is in Lompoc, roughly 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara. Here are driving directions:

* Head north on HIGHWAY 101
* Just past the Gaviota tunnel (about half an hour north of Santa Barbara), you’ll see an off ramp that will dump you on Highway 1 and take you to Lompoc. * Ignore it!* The road is closed and you don’t want to mess with it.
* Continue up HIGHWAY 101 until you get to BUELLTON. Take the HIGHWAY 246 off ramp at BUELLTON.
* Turn LEFT onto HIGHWAY 246 and enjoy the drive. 12 miles or so down the road you’ll pass a golf course on your right. At this point you need to start paying attention to where you’re going.
* About a mile past the golf course, turn RIGHT onto PURISIMA ROAD. Follow PURISIMA ROAD past the mission to the SECOND STOP LIGHT.
* At the SECOND STOP LIGHT (there are houses on two corners and an abandoned muffler shop on another), turn LEFT and you’ll drop straight down into Lompoc. Turn RIGHT into the airport immediately after crossing the bridge. If you pass Allan Hancock College, you just missed it; turn around and try it again in reverse.
* Skydive Santa Barbara is in the big white hangar just past the airport's rotating beacon. You're welcome to park in the dirt anywhere past the beacon or in the asphalt parking lot just before it.

See you there!