*** Video of jump 151 from full altitude (13,000 feet) with friends ***
Saturday morning local NBC affiliate:
Kare 11 TV coverage
Local paper front page story:
Prior Lake American Article
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June 21st, 2010
DEBRIEF OF THE DAY
Thanks again to all of the volunteers. Here’s a recap of the day:
The jumps went well.
We were held back on our start until 11am so we were behind all day. I was at 125 jumps around 10pm and told the group we’d stop at 150 which we did at 11:30pm after 20 jumps in the dark. It was the right decision. I couldn’t keep them until 2:30am or ask them to come back in the morning. The day was about PD, not skydiving, and we were successful on the PD front.
I can’t complain with 150, no shame in that.
I had a reserve ride on jump 26. I got sick on jump 43 and vomited all over myself in flight under canopy. The wrong diet and plane fumes contributed. I took a break at jump 50 and got IV fluids and meds for nausea from the ambulance crew and felt much better after just 30 minutes. Then went straight through to the end.
Could have been better, could have been worse. All in all a great accomplishment and I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by such caring people that made it happen.
June 17, 2010
Hi everyone, late last night I was jumping in the dark and decided to call it at 11:30pm. After a long day I couldn’t keep my crew going anymore. And the day was about Parkinson’s Disease, not skydiving. And we accomplished our goals, nearly $65,000 raised for PD and tremendous support by the media put awareness of the disease on the pages of many major news outlets. Here are some samples:
Read about it at:
New Richmond News
Thanks everyone for your support and efforts, amazing!
The 100 Perfect Jumps Video coverage:
Thanks again to all of those who helped make this event a success.
The day started at 5:45am with the minimum 2000 foot ceiling. We were on 5 minute turn pace for each jump right away, completing 22 jumps by about 8am when the weather got worse. We then intermittently picked up 10 more jumps by 2pm. At that point I knew if the weather didn’t clear soon we were 50/50 on reaching the goal.
The weather did turn. And I executed 68 jumps in a row, the 100th being at 8:30pm with a formation load of 15 skydivers from full altitude (13,000 feet), we formed the number 100 in freefall. I landed last and got “pied” by my fellow skydivers (whip cream pie in your face when you do something significant like your 1000th jump, a tradition in skydiving).
Weather makes skydivers do stupid things. And that happened to me. Our intermittent jumps during low ceiling periods caused me to make some bad decisions. I got away with it but it was lucky. Jumping from too low of an altitude with very little time for an out is a bad idea.
The media was very kind to us. We were the beneficiary of a slow news day, an exciting, visual event, and a good story. Here’s a partial list of news outlets that covered the event
KARE 11 Saturday morning in studio
Channel 5 Twin Cities Live in studio
Paul Harvey radio national
CNN national TV and radio
Fox News Twin Cities, Chicago, Houston and Milwaukee – live feed interviews on-site via satellite hook-up – both on the ground and from the air (that was one brave cameraman)
Channel 4 TV onsite live interviews
KARE 11 on site live interviews
AM 1500 KSTP with Tom Mitschke – multiple interviews including date of event
Comcast national cable channel live TV – Big Idea, Small Town
Southwest Publications (multiple cover stories south metro Twin Cities)
Osakis Herald cover story
Octane Magazine from Entrepreneurs' Organization worldwide publication cover story and center spread
Numerous other publications and Internet outlets picked up the story.
Thanks to everyone who helped, our sponsors, and my dad, we achieved the objective in raising $45,000 and a lot of awareness for Parkinson’s Disease.