Valley offers a unique experience for skydivers

Skydiving has a new home

Golden resident Shauna Robinson looks like she is having a blast after taking the plunge with a member of the Extreme Yeti team. The skydiving company recently set up a new business in the town and is taking people on an adventure of a lifetime. To lean more about the business and what skydiving offers turn to page 14.

Golden resident Shauna Robinson looks like she is having a blast after taking the plunge with a member of the Extreme Yeti team. The skydiving company recently set up a new business in the town and is taking people on an adventure of a lifetime. To lean more about the business and what skydiving offers turn to page 14.

If you have been looking to try something new and exciting in the Golden region then skydiving with Extreme Yeti may be the place for you to go.

Recently the company opened a new business in the town

“We have been looking at Golden for quite sometime. We have been coming here for the last number of years just to see what it is like. Skydiving over the Rockies is probably one of the of the most brilliant things I have ever seen. Golden is one of the extreme sports capitals in B.C. and probably Canada,” said one of the owners Darren Strocher.

The company which also has a foothold in the Alberta market, has expertly trained skydivers who have thousands of jumps under their belts.

“I am all about the students. I love the fact that people can go skydiving, even once, to really see what happens. It is amazing and this location is beautiful The view is too good with the mountains on both sides,” instructor Rich Mennis said.

They explained that having mountains on both sides the way they are in the valley is something they have only seen in one place in New Zealand and it provides one of the best skydiving experiences a person can have.

As for why they decided to try skydiving originally everyone at the company has a story.

One of the owners explained how he saw someone on a television show do it and instantly was intrigued to go out and try the sport out for himself.

“Skydiving is a pure extreme sport because it covers everything. The free fall at 120 miles per hour. The parachute as well makes it a two sport in one,” Strocher said

“With out a doubt it is a sport you can have 30,000 jumps and still be learning,” Mennis added.

Mennis also said that the sport develops a unique bond between those people who do it together. He said once someone jumps out of a plane it has the ability to change the perspective of jumping out of an airplane.

As with any sport safety is one of the key issues that Extreme Yeti takes very seriously.

The skydive instructors are trained and are members of the Canadian Sport Parachute Association. The company also has purchased the best equipment possible to ensure that all of the jumps taken are done with safety in mind. The divers said the new technology has only made the sport even safer in recent years.

As for what is the most challenging thing for new people who come out to take part in the sport Mennis explained it is the first step is the hardest but then something interesting happens.

“I have done a lot of camera work and watching people on the screen. Some of them are terrified before they get out. Once they get out in free fall and you fly up to them everything is good. They are living there in a moment having a fantastic time. Plummeting to the earth you would thing they should be scared but they are not.”

When asked to explain what makes the sport such fun and what it is like to take part in Strocher explained.

“We can talk about it all day long but we can’t explain it. After you go you will not be able to explain it either but you are going to talk about it. It is total freedom.”

For more information call 250-272-YETI or go to www.skydiveextremeyeti.com