All About HALO Skydiving
What is it?
Have you ever heard of HALO skydiving? It’s the next big thing in extreme sports, and if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love it. HALO stands for high altitude low opening, and these kinds of jumps come from the military, where they are sometimes a necessity. While a normal high altitude jump would have you falling from about 15,000 to 18,000 feet, you could be up as high as 30,000 feet for a HALO jump! While not all skydiving centers offer this option, it is becoming more and more popular every day.
If you’ve never skydived before, even that can seem like a rush. But for those who regularly pursue extreme sports or just want the most intense skydiving experience possible, a high altitude jump is the way to go. Since you start up higher in the air and you wait longer to deploy your parachute, you get to experience a freefall for longer. Many people describe freefalling as feeling weightless. If this sounds like something you’re into, why not give it a try? It’s a super fun experience and something you’re sure to remember for the rest of your life.
If you’re worried about safety, just keep in mind that skydiving is generally a relatively safe activity. There are obvious risks when you’re freefalling from such a great height, but when you are harnessed to a professional jumper who really knows the ropes, there is very little chance of anything going wrong. It can still be an overwhelming and slightly frightening experience if you don’t like heights, but you can relax knowing that you’re in good hands and that you’ll land safely once the jump is over.
Joseph Kittinger: High Parachute Jumping Legend
In 1960, Joseph Kittinger performed the highest parachute jump ever recorded. He was working for the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories of the U.S. Air Force (also known as USAF), and the organization was testing high altitude escape methods. Since military personnel sometimes have to evacuate their aircraft, finding safe ways to do so was the focus of the study.
Kittinger fell from the incredible height of 102,800 feet. Even though many people jump from extremely high altitudes now for recreation, even the most extreme jumps usually cap out at around 30,000 feet. Kittinger’s height was more than three times that. He opened his parachute at around 18,000 feet and fell safely to the ground. His success proved that, if necessary, pilots could potentially abandon their aircrafts even at extreme heights.
That being said, Kittinger is still a legend for a reason. Even though he completed his jump more than 70 years ago, he is still the record holder for the highest parachute jump. After all, most recreational jumpers aren’t conducting important research. Therefore, such a high altitude is largely unnecessary. Even the most extreme HALO jumpers get enough of a rush from much lower heights.
Want to Try HALO Skydiving?
Now that you know all about Joseph Kittinger, you should feel more comfortable parachute jumping from 30,000 feet. For those who love the thrill of adventure, there’s nothing more exciting. Sure, it might sound intimidating, but when you get into their air, you’ll be loving every second of it. You may not break Kittinger’s record on the way down, but you’ll have a great time regardless.