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How to Know the Size of Base Canopy You Need

Canopies are one of the most important gears in BASE jumping. With a low-quality BASE canopy, jumpers will have a harder time with surviving after a jump.

Thus, it can ruin their experience and the fun of BASE jumping. Some think that canopies used in BASE jumps should be treated the same with those used in skydiving.

But it’s important to remember that skydiving is not BASE jumping. Canopies should be treated differently and that’s what we’ll talk about today – how to figure out the best size for your canopy to ensure the safety of both your life and the fun in BASE jumping.

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Wing Loading

For starters, you should know the wing loading according to your weight and canopy size. To calculate wing loading, divide your weight (in pounds) by the canopy size.

For example, if you weigh 180 lbs. and the size of the canopy you’ll be using is 250 square foot.

180 lbs. / 250 square foot = 0.72 lbs./sq. ft.

Take note, however, that the weight you will use should be your body without gear for the most consistent value. This is because BASE gear weighs less than skydiving gears. So while skydivers measure their weight including gears, BASE jumpers don’t.

There are many things too look for the best balance in canopies according to wing loading. Here are some of them:

Slow opening forward speed, sufficient forward speed for better control inputs, stability of malfunctions that may disrupt canopy shape, soft landing, and penetration into wind.

There are many types of BASE canopies, lightly loaded and heavily loaded.

Some jumpers suggest that it’s better to load canopies lightly so their forward speed at opening won’t be slowed down, soften their landings, and make it easier to land. While that may be preferable to many, there are things to be aware of before doing so:

Penetration in wind will be reduced and so you will find it harder to go through the wind. With less forward speed, you won’t be able to maneuver nicely. And finally, with less wing loading, the internal pressure in the canopy is reduced, too.

On the other hand, jumpers with desire to have more power in controls and better range in windy conditions, heavy loading will be suitable.

Choosing a size for your canopy is not easy. But if you managed to choose the most desirable size, it would lead to the best experience in BASE jumping. So make sure you take time choosing the size of your canopies.

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Don’t Do BASE Jumping Without Knowing These Steps

After watching YouTube videos showing footage of BASE jumping, you should already know that this sport is probably the most dangerous sport that exists. However, for BASE jumpers, it is also one of the most amazing experiences a human can have. That’s exactly why people can’t help but to undergo training just to experience what they have seen in videos.

Of course, what you’ve seen in videos won’t be easy to perform. It requires patience so you can undergo training. There are many skills needed for BASE jumping. One of these skills is skydiving.

While it is very important and not on BASE jumper recommend skipping learning this skill, it can be expensive. You will learn the foundations of BASE jumping including maneuvering, freefall control, and canopy skills. However, you need to invest not only time, but also money, to learn this.

The point is, BASE jumping requires a massive commitment with your time, energy, focus, and money, among other things. BASE jumping can lead to fatal injuries and even death, so it’s only natural to spend so much time to mastering it.

Here are steps to learn BASE jumping.

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The Steps:

First, you should rack up experience as a skydiver. This can be done through finding the right spot.

Second, make sure to find a jump course. This can give you many benefits as a BASE jumper.

You can also get a personal mentor. One that is very experienced with BASE jumping and can teach you everything you need.

As the saying goes, “Practice Makes Perfect”. Spending an hour or so every day to practicing BASE jumping can go a long way to ensuring your safety with every jumps.

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Things About the Wind to Consider Before BASE Jumping

There are many factors that will affect your experience with BASE jumping. It can increase the fun in a BASE jump, and it can also make it safer for BASE jumpers. However, the same applies to the opposite.

Just as how it can benefit BASE jumpers, it can also hinder their jumps. One of these factors is the weather condition, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today.

Expert BASE jumpers know how to make use of the wind condition in their advantage. That’s how you should act, too if you want to make the most out of BASE jumping.

Here are things to consider regarding the wind condition:

The Importance of Wind Checking

Skydiving is the first step to being an expert BASE jumper. And with skydivers, the wind condition plays a major role in improving their dives. Parachutes have a forward speed of approximately twenty miles per hour. It can improve their maneuverability.

However, this can be changed according to the wind conditions. That’s why checking the wind is a must. Specifically, its speed and direction should be taken into consideration.

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Spotting Using Winds

There are different skills learned by BASE jumpers and one of these skills includes spotting. It is where you pick out a location that will assist with and be most suitable for BASE jumping.

There are many ways to locate the best spot. One is using the forecast from a weather service. Jumpers can also look at the movement of wind in the clouds.

Winds and the Landing Zone

A good BASE jumper knows how to use the wind to spot the best place to land. There is only a limited amount of time in which he can get to the landing zone easier. However, if the jumper has mastered the use of the wind, it will be much easier.

The Risks of Wind Turbulence

As you already know, air can flow over objects that are close to the ground. This rolling air is called “turbulence”. It can be dangerous to jumpers as they may get caught in the flow and accelerate the parachute which can result to injuries or even death. By knowing the place where turbulence is abundant, it will be easy to avoid these areas.

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Clouds and Parachuting

In addition to the wind conditions, clouds also play a major role in BASE jumping. Although clouds are not exactly disrupting jumpers by hurting them when they come into contact with clouds, it is still disadvantageous.

Jumpers should have a clear view of the ground in which they want to land. That said, having a cloud block you from that sight will hinder your ability to come up with a plan on how to land.

The Dangers of Thunderstorms

Thunderstorms are dangerous especially to BASE jumpers. It is very dangerous when a thunderstorm occurs in the place where the BASE jumper is planning to jump as it may cause updrafts strong enough to lift BASE jumpers and there are too many risks. It can also lift up BASE jumpers high enough where oxygen is scarce.

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There are any kinds of weather to look out for if you want to BASE jump safely. For the best results, you should pick a beautiful day to heat out and do BASE jumping. It won’t hurt to wait for a day or so compared to facing injuries or death, right?