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"He was out. He was floating. It was like before: no rush of wind, no sensation of falling, no perception of movement at all. He hung suspended in this calm universe. His pulse was 156 beats per minute and he had not taken a breath since leaving the gondola — not even his own respiration intruded on the astonishing emptiness. It was all impossibly beautiful."

I have experienced something like this, though clearly not the same. It is perhaps the closest thing us mere mortals can experience on earth that relates to this insanity. Free diving. Being down 100 feet under the ocean, no breathing, no motion, no up or down, infinity in all directions...the sense of being alone in the midst of immensity. I highly recommend it.
10-15-2012 11:03 AM
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(10-15-2012 11:03 AM)reaper23 Wrote:  "He was out. He was floating. It was like before: no rush of wind, no sensation of falling, no perception of movement at all. He hung suspended in this calm universe. His pulse was 156 beats per minute and he had not taken a breath since leaving the gondola — not even his own respiration intruded on the astonishing emptiness. It was all impossibly beautiful."

I have experienced something like this, though clearly not the same. It is perhaps the closest thing us mere mortals can experience on earth that relates to this insanity. Free diving. Being down 100 feet under the ocean, no breathing, no motion, no up or down, infinity in all directions...the sense of being alone in the midst of immensity. I highly recommend it.

Wow...you've really free dived? I'm VERY impressed. How hard was it to work your way towards being able to hold your breath, and master the technique of releasing the proper amounts of air at the proper intervals on the way up?

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10-15-2012 11:40 AM
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(10-15-2012 11:40 AM)Timoteo Wrote:  
(10-15-2012 11:03 AM)reaper23 Wrote:  "He was out. He was floating. It was like before: no rush of wind, no sensation of falling, no perception of movement at all. He hung suspended in this calm universe. His pulse was 156 beats per minute and he had not taken a breath since leaving the gondola — not even his own respiration intruded on the astonishing emptiness. It was all impossibly beautiful."

I have experienced something like this, though clearly not the same. It is perhaps the closest thing us mere mortals can experience on earth that relates to this insanity. Free diving. Being down 100 feet under the ocean, no breathing, no motion, no up or down, infinity in all directions...the sense of being alone in the midst of immensity. I highly recommend it.

Wow...you've really free dived? I'm VERY impressed. How hard was it to work your way towards being able to hold your breath, and master the technique of releasing the proper amounts of air at the proper intervals on the way up?

The hardest part is getting past the notion that you actually have to breath. Forcing your body to engage the mammalian dive reflex and actually believing in it is all mental.

There are lots of training techniques you can do, but that is to get you to elite levels. You can experience a lot of free diving once you just get past the mental part.

For me, my first foray into free diving was a two week period where I went free diving every day and obtained two certifications. Classroom time, practice, dry land work, etc. And then diving every afternoon. With two weeks worth of work I was able to get down to 100 feet and stay under for 3 minutes.

As far as releasing air on the way up, you don't have to do anything like that at all. Thats the beauty of free diving. You're not breathing compressed air that demands attention to depth and fear of the bends. Its one chest full, the most you can hold at the surface..and then when you go down, it only compresses...but it can never expand back larger than what you started with..one chest full.
10-15-2012 01:05 PM
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Here's an interview with Felix Baumgartner from early 2012 discussing his mental issues with wearing the suit, and how he got past it:

http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/e...3153563028

With all of the dangerous things he'd done, he almost reached his limit.

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10-15-2012 08:06 PM
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http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk/video/...10-15-2012

And here's the daytime women's talk show reception to this amazing feat. Fast forward to 2:30

WARNING: May cause excessive fist-clenching and elevated blood pressure levels.

Notice the crowd doesn't applause during the announcement of this accomplishment. They repeatedly applause the dumb bitch in the space outfit.

They give about a minute of sarcastic, snarky, emasculating comments before cutting off and moving on to Sharon's son's bullshit wedding in Hawaii.

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10-15-2012 08:58 PM
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(10-15-2012 08:58 PM)thedude3737 Wrote:  http://www.cbs.com/shows/the_talk/video/...10-15-2012

And here's the daytime women's talk show reception to this amazing feat. Fast forward to 2:30

WARNING: May cause excessive fist-clenching and elevated blood pressure levels.

Notice the crowd doesn't applause during the announcement of this accomplishment. They repeatedly applause the dumb bitch in the space outfit.

They give about a minute of sarcastic, snarky, emasculating comments before cutting off and moving on to Sharon's son's bullshit wedding in Hawaii.

Know thy enemy, gentlemen...

If these dumb tricks aren't bright enough to take just a few minutes to give props to some real alpha dick, they deserve a lifetime of fucking chumps. I was even more disappointed in something else I watched today. I was watching PTI on ESPN, and both Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon said they couldn't be bothered with what Baumgartner accomplished, and that too much else was going on to pay attention to it. That's two MEN talking like that. Kornheiser said it was only interesting because of the prospect of Baumgartner turning into a fireball on the way down. Totally dismissive of the history that was made, and clueless as to the significance of the mission. As if sports and the pop culture that they discuss every day had them preoccupied. It's one thing for clueless hookers to dismiss this, but men are supposed to recognize.

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10-15-2012 10:37 PM
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(10-14-2012 03:01 PM)sixsix Wrote:  Honest question: who of you guys would try something like this (given his experience and preparation)?

It is fucking badass and a proper reason to piss your pants, but holy shit how awesome must it be to stand at the edge of space and jump towards the planet. When I have the money and time I will first start sky diving regularly and then BASE jumping. I would also love to go to outer space. Getting out of that freaking capsule however...
That was fucking bad ass! The 1 minute video on Red Bull's site gave me goosebumps until he got past the clouds. Hell no, I wouldn't do this or skydive or any of that shit! I WOULD love to go in space though. Maybe sneak some weed and roll one up in the spaceship Tongue
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10-16-2012 02:04 AM
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