Today began as a day of research (seeing as I work for a research group. The first question was, do first-time skydivers remember their descent? The consensus is not much of it, and definitely not the first 10 seconds (and if they say that they do, they are lying!).
In an endeavour to figure this out, I headed out this morning while Dee was asleep and jumped out of an airplane at 15,000 feet (16,000asl). I can confirm that I have little or no recollection of the first 10 seconds. Though I do remember thinking “what a view”, just before we exited the aircraft and rapidly approached terminal velocity. I’ll hopefully get a link to some of the pictures emailed to me in the next few days.
We checked out of the hotel and headed towards Franz Joseph glacier. Heading out the road towards Lake Hawea, we passed A. J. Hacketts Kawaru Bridge bungy. It would have been rude to pass without calling in. As it would be an ideal opportunity to search for an answer to another question. Which is more difficult? Anyways, we stopped and I jumped. Ground rush is just amazing. Follow this link and type in the codes AJHK601064002544/5/6 (ending in 4, 5 or 6) for documentary proof of research in action.
Which is more difficult? I’m still not sure, I think I’ll have to try both again, this time with a higher bungy 🙂