Skydiving: The Leap of Faith

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. @ 10,000 Feet Skydiving is a bucket list item for some, an impossibility for others, and a way of life for a lucky few.

We get in an airplane we have to check the tires, we have to check the gauges, we have to check the flaps. There are so many things we have to check before we even start that thing up. When we are in the airplane even with the skydive equipment or even before we get that thing off the runway we are doing more checks. The parachutes and everything before we get out.
-Dylan Hazelhurst, Owner
Jump Junction Skydiving

For the instructors at Jump Junction, located inside the Grand Junction airport, safety is at a premium because you aren't only protecting your career, you are protecting another friend’s life.

We are always looking out for eachother in the sport of Skydiving, we understand that this is still jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. We take those precautions and we don't let anything get dangerous, we don't cut corners and that is why the sport is continuing to grow because we don’t make mistakes.
-Dylan Hazelhurst, Owner
Jump Junction Skydiving

If the promise of safety doesn't ease the fear of the first jump, you can rest easy knowing that you are in the hands of some seasoned professionals with the best gear around.

Altimeters run from 100 to 500 dollars and everyone takes one. We have a Cypress that acts as a safety in the pack that acts as a reserve that will fire around 2000 feet. I've been jumping for ten years and I have over 9600 jumps, and we jump everyday, probably more like 5-10 times a day. (Laughs) Skydiving is really safe, it's safer than driving in your car.
-Brian McCormick, Instructor
Jump Junction Skydiving

It's hard to talk people into it, it seems, But when we are getting ready to jump and I have them breathe and relax if possible. I recommend it to anybody, it’s beautiful.
-Serena Whelchel, Instructor
Jump Junction Skydiving

With that knowledge that I was in more than capable hands, I decided to make my first jump from 10 thousand feet to not only conquer my own fears, but to show that this is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life.
There are few words that accurately quantify the feeling of free falling, and then the slow soft ride back down to earth... after my first time, I felt like I was hooked right away.

It is hard to imagine that this was still essentially the beginners course, but right before my jump Dylan and Brian did their own tandem jump that saw them reach speeds up to 252 miles an hour during their freefall... all in all, skydiving feels safer than you would think, and raw adrenaline coupled with the beautiful views make this feel like this is a sport that has some staying power here in the valley.

I haven't booked my next flight yet, but you can be sure that this is something I have to do again, and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.

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