Tales from the Bonfire

Tales from the Bonfire - To Jump or Not to Jump When Weather Looms


by Kelly Demele | D-30691 | Riverview, Florida

It's been four years since my skydiving accident. August 21, 2010, was a typical hot summer day with accumulating clouds and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. Nine of us rode to altitude in a Skyvan, so we couldn’t see anything below us on the way up. When the green light came on, someone yelled, “Go! Go! Go!” and we lifted the door and chunked the 9-way out. Ultimately, this is where we should have checked below us and asked, “Do we jump? Or do we ride the plane down?” But hell, we are skydivers, of course we wanted to jump! more »

Tales from the Bonfire - The Right Canopy


by Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld | D-8424 | Author of “Above All Else” | Temecula, California

I’m a bit embarrassed to tell this story, but here it goes: Once, when I was team training with Arizona Airspeed, we were doing back-to-back-to-back loads, and I grabbed one of my teammates’ rigs thinking it was mine. It fit great, and I didn’t even realize what I had done until I looked up after deploying to find a Performance Designs Velocity 84 over my head instead of my Stiletto 120. I couldn’t believe how tiny it looked. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - A Student Saga

by Bruce Parkes | D-4586
San Antonio, Texas more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Skydiving is Becoming Routine

by Scott Cave | USPA #241311
Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada more »

Tales from the Bonfire - A Grand Entrance

by Ray Engelberg | C-25638
East Rutherford, New Jersey more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Much is Required

by Tammy Ritzheimer | D-14937
Highland, Illinois more »

Tales from the Bonfire - High Altitude

by Mike Swain | D-2078
Sarasota, Florida more »

Tales from the Bonfire - Making It Happen

by Trevor Cedar | D-29578
New Smyrna Beach, Florida more »