DJTeddyBear
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April 23rd, 2010 at 9:28:53 AM permalink
I've heard about the trick from several sources.

The one time I did it, was on a convention last year.

I hooked up with a couple people that had reservations for dinner. I went up and had dinner with them. When dinner was over, some hung out, some went down, I wandered around and finally just asked how I can get to "where the rides were".

Maybe it worked because by that time it was evening, and the observation wasn't busy.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 9:43:46 AM permalink
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I hooked up with a couple people that had reservations for dinner. I went up and had dinner with them. When dinner was over, some hung out, some went down, I wandered around and finally just asked how I can get to "where the rides were".



this is probably the most important element in getting up there for free.
DJTeddyBear
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April 23rd, 2010 at 1:48:53 PM permalink
You're probably right. Reservations probably were the key.

Except I am *SURE* that someone once told me that you can say you're going up, just for a drink at the bar.

But if you try it, at least look the part. Top Of The World has a dress code. It's not VERY strict, but don't be too casual if you're trying this trick.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 3:18:04 PM permalink
You are not going nearly as fast as sky diving where terminal velocity is 120 mph. You don't get over 40 mph with this jump. It's a lot less scary than bungee jumping where the snap back is the most frightening part of the ride. It also takes a lot less time to get to the next person.

This ride has been popular in New Zealand for a number of years. It is safe for all ages.



Actually they have a low tech thrill in the tower of New Zealand called SkyWalk which they should do here. It's a harness system that allows you to walk around the rim of the tower.



They also should install a Shweeb that circles the property.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 4:16:24 PM permalink
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You are not going nearly as fast as sky diving where terminal velocity is 120 mph. You don't get over 40 mph with this jump.



I'm sure someone here can calculate the acceleration required to stop an object, say a human being, from 40 mph to 0 mph in a fraction of a tenth of a second. A car accident at 40 mph can be serious if you're not wearing a seatbelt, even though much of the energy of impact is absorbed by the car (granted a car at 40 mph carries a hell of a lot more kinetic energy than a human being moving at that speed).

Naturally I'm sure it's safe. No one builds rides to kill the riders. But people have died in malfunctions at Disney and other parks. Why borrow trouble?

I tried all the rides at the Startosphere last year. Aside from the hassle of removing everything you're carrying and storing it in an insecure place (where you can worry what will happen to your wallet and creidt cards), the rides were ok. The "Insanity" ride is rather relaxing, or it would be if it didn't spin so fast near the ending. The shot ride is ok, but after "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," it's rather mild. The other one, I forget the name, is just plain terrifying without any redeeming qualities at all.

This latest scheme is sheer lunacy. but I expect I'll go and watch a lunatic trying it out ;)

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"They also should install a Shweeb that circles the property.



Look at your photo again. It sounds like a recipe for baked tourist, steeped in own juices :D
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FinsRule
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April 23rd, 2010 at 4:59:47 PM permalink
Someone has BASE jumped from Stratosphere. It's on youtube. Pretty cool stuff.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 7:00:57 PM permalink
There have been less than 400 fatalities sky diving in the last five years. The one last September involved a 22 year girl doing her first tandem jump and she and her instructor died because the chute was improperly packed.

The BASE jump is obviously risky since you have unknown parameters.

But with the Skyjump the jumper attached by a cable from both sides, the jump is similar to a vertical zip line and is controlled from start to finish. I assume they weigh you so that you can't lie about your weight. Besides it goes to 270 lbs, so you can probably spot the people who are lying.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 7:14:36 PM permalink
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The BASE jump is obviously risky since you have unknown parameters.



BASE jumping is a messier version of Russian Roulette.
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April 23rd, 2010 at 8:32:37 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

I'm sure someone here can calculate the acceleration required to stop an object, say a human being, from 40 mph to 0 mph in a fraction of a tenth of a second. A car accident at 40 mph can be serious if you're not wearing a seatbelt, even though much of the energy of impact is absorbed by the car (granted a car at 40 mph carries a hell of a lot more kinetic energy than a human being moving at that speed).

Naturally I'm sure it's safe. No one builds rides to kill the riders. But people have died in malfunctions at Disney and other parks. Why borrow trouble?



I made 5 parachute jumps when I was in college. I had never been in a plane before. In fact, I took off 6 times in an airplane, before I had my first landing (5 take-offs in the Cessna I jumped from, and then the 6th was a jet to Chicago). Back then it was all solo jumps, from a static line. At 3,000 feet, you climbed out of the plane, unto a 2x4 that was bolted near the door, and you held unto the wing strut, so you were outside the plane, doing about 70 knots. When you got tapped on your leg, you let go, and 40' later the static line pulled your chute. 3 minutes later, you landed on the ground. IT WAS AWESOME !!!!! It was also subsidized by the school, so each jump was only $6.

I will have to take a look at this in May. Test out my Superman suit.
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RaleighCraps
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April 23rd, 2010 at 8:38:19 PM permalink
Quote: Nareed

Quote: pacomartin

The BASE jump is obviously risky since you have unknown parameters.



BASE jumping is a messier version of Russian Roulette.



Base jumping is pretty radical, but the one that freaks me out are the guys in the flying squirrel suits. Have you seen them? They get up in those mountains and dive off the face of the mountain. Once they get close to terminal velocity they can spread their arms and feet wide. Their flying suits are webbed, and they become a flying object. I think they pull a chute to land.
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