Posted by: Walker Mackey | 2012/08/04

The Adventures of Dr. Frankelton

The Adventures of Dr. Frankelton

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Europe is leading the world in paralpinism. There attitudes toward human flight are encouraging the development and practice of some of the most incredible feats in the history of human flight and paralpinism. The best flyer’s in the world live in Norway and I had to go see what it was all about.

I bought a ticket to Stavanger to meet my friend Eilef. I meet Eilef when I was in Lodi three years ago. He had come over from Norway to take advantage of the cheep jumps The Parachute Center offers. The Parachute Center is the best drop zone to learn to skydive in the world. The jump tickets are cheep, the planes are always running, and you have access to the best skydivers in the world to learn things from.

The first stop I wanted to make was at Kjerag. Kjerag is a 3,000ft. cliff with excellent exposure. The Stavanger BASE club has a shuttle system set up for the jumpers that takes you up the mountain and back from the landing area. They are awesome people! Once a year they also permit for helicopters and for four days you can fly up the mountain by helicopter. It was an outrageous place to be. Definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Then Lori showed up with Dr. Frankelton (Dr. of Philosophy) the van. “This van is sick dudely.” It was totally decked out with everything we needed to weather the northern mountains. It was such an honor to be on board this vessel. We piled in and headed north to Voss for Extreme Sports Week. We parted for a few days and danced in the rain. Good times.

After Extreme Sports Week Dr. Frankelton headed to Stryn. Were all the jumpers launched off this wall above the hotel for a demo. I had quit the experience on one of the jumps here were I ended up pitching out with five line twist and crashing in the gully. Luckily, I was able to clear them just before I landing and got a flare in.

Next stop was The World BASE Race in Hellesylt. This place was a dream! A beautiful cliff band set back in a perfect bowl. An object designed for jumping.

Last but not least was Rosdolan Valley. This is the location of the classic Troll Wall. I spent three weeks there purifying my practice.

 


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