Before the "story", here's the result - 1st jump 12' on my biggest 13'7"/4.15m pole (173.8 lb), which was too small for 53', so I'm now out of poles since I didn't bring my 14'1"s/4.30ms. TREMENDOUS set up and runway with a fantastic tailwind. I stopped as I felt a little groin weakness at take off. Not quite a ding because I stopped, and certainly not an injury.
As great as the GHBV was, the process for me getting to a from was a comedy of errors in a not always so funny way.
- My 11 AM flight left at 5:15 PM. The next morning I would get a $200 credit via email.
- Weather forecasted rain for the entire day I would jump. It waited until we were done.
- Fire alarm went off in my hotel in Chicago at 1 AM and I had to trek down and then up six flights of stairs.
- Couldn't check in poles until two hours before the flight (9:10 AM check in). I found this out when I arrived at 6:30 AM, over 2,5 hours early.
- Couldn't return the rental car because I couldn't leave the poles. Couldn't take the poles because I couldn't get them back after rental car return.
- Paid a fellow passenger $25 to babysit my poles while I took car back.
- When I checked bags they said I had not been ticketed, even though I had been issued a boarding pass. Huh?
- At the gate I was told they couldn't take my poles. I told them they got them here and they would have to get them back. They did.
- Then I was told my boarding pass said I wasn't ticketed and can't board the plane. I told them that was at 6:30 AM and had been resolved as their error.
- In Denver I got my boarding pass renewed to avoided the same hold up.
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