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In their most recent newsletter, they introduced Maverick Business Adventures’ “HALO Skydive”. HALO stands for “High Altitude, Low Open” which in turn means: hang on to yout nuts because they are going to end up in your throat from all the screaming you will be doing.
Here’s a little excerpt from Maverick Business Adventures official website:
Activity:Skydive 28,500 – 30,000 feet (the cruising altitude of a jet airplane)
Only 50 civilians have ever done this! Prepare for the ultimate skydive adventure — a military-style, High Altitude, Low Open parachute jump. HALO was originally designed during the 60’s as a military maneuver to insert troops behind enemy lines undetected. Because you would jump from 30,000 feet (the cruising altitude of a commercial jet) so on radar everything looks normal.
The temperature up at 30,000 feet is about 25 degrees below zero and you have to wear a full oxygen mask for two reasons.
- Because at that altitude you’ll remain conscious about 30 seconds without oxygen.
- You need to pre-breathe pure oxygen for about 40 minutes to purge all the nitrogen out of your system to avoid getting the ‘bends’.
No skydiving experience is necessary because you’ll be doing a tandem skydive with an experienced jumpmaster. You’ll be trained by EX-military and get to experience the ultimate freefall of 2+ minutes (double any other skydive).
Do you think you have the guts to handle this kind of glory? You better hurry because there are only 8 spots and the event will be from June 11-13.
Oh, and it will cost you $3,495.