Well, I finally did it — I made my 1000th skydive! On the 18th of December, 2011, my friends came out to join me in celebrating this milestone. The video is posted below.
We had done a practice jump (number 999) earlier, which didn’t go so great, so we opted to make number 1000 a relatively simple jump. The goal was simply to get all nine of us together in a “round” formation, then to have me go in the middle and spin around, and finally have me return to the “round” before break-off.
Remarkably, we pulled it off! I say “remarkably” because every previous “100 jump milestone” of mine has been a disaster, at least in terms of accomplishing the formation goals we set.
The video was done by my friend Terry Hopkins, and the others on the skydive were a combination of my regular jump friends and some new friends!
(Incidentally, if 1000 skydives seems like a lot, I should point out that there are people out there who have made 40,000 skydives!)