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Skydive Denali - an Incredible Adventure Above Mt. McKinley in Alaska

Skydive Denali, June 20-26, 2009

In June of 2009, an incredible group of adventurers gathered in Alaska to become the first to Skydive Over Denali, the tallest mountain in North America. The trip proved to be more of an adventure than any could have imagined.

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Locals are quick to point out that "Denali makes its own weather" and they weren't wrong. Jumpers spent days waiting and watching the skies while jump staff stayed logged on to wind and satellite reports. On the day jumps were originally slated to begin, a 5.4 earthquake livened up a morning briefing.

The next day, hours were spent at the airport, waiting for a break in the weather that never came. On day three, partly out of boredom, staff decided to arrange "practice jumps" over Talkeetna Airport. Finally, on Thursday, June 25th, the day most jumpers were scheduled to head home, Denali Skydive staff awoke to sunny skies and an incredible view of Mt McKinley. Wake-up calls went out to jumpers, flight and hotel reservations were changed and everyone headed for the airport.

After a pre-flight briefing that included how to handle a bear encounter, a small plane carrying the jump team's photographer was sent ahead to mark the landing zone. Soon, the first jumpers were exiting a perfectly incredible DHC-6 Super Otter from roughly 23,000 feet, popping chutes and heading out over Upper Coffee Glacier. The temperature at altitude ranged from 50 to 60 below. Their 20 to 30 minute canopy rides took them along the mountain ridge, over the Spinks River and toward the sandbar designated by the Cub pilot as "Landing Zone One". Two jumpers missed the target and had to be retrieved by helicopter, but everyone landed safely after a truly incredible adventure!

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Congratulations to the First to Jump Denali
& Those Who Helped Make it Happen!

Tom Smith - Columbia, Missouri
Tom is the President of Flat Branch Pub & Brewing and co-founded Datastorm, a successful software company. Tom turned 50 this year and has is completing a variety of adventures to celebrate the birthday milestone.

Robert Kimpling - St Charles, Missouri
Tom Smith's long-time friend and also turned 50 recently. (They were each other's best man when they married.) He and Tom celebrated turning 30 with an adventure trip and have been celebrating big birthdays with adventures ever since. Robert had never skydived before arriving in Alaska.

James Lee, Columbia, Missouri
Operating Partner of Sirius Hospitality and Tom's partner in the HuHot Mongolian Grill.

Lance Wood - Columbia, Missouri
Lance is the General Manager of Flat Branch Pub & Brewing.

F. James Smith - St Louis, Missouri
Tom Smith's brother Jim is a Systems Manager for Two Research Labs at the Washington University School of Medicine. His jump over Talkeetna Airport was his very first skydive ever. His second jump was over Denali.

Ron Hudson - Laguna Beach, CA
President Superior Wall Systems, Inc and Member of the Discovery Science Center of Orange County's Board of Directors. Ron was one of the first to Skydive Mt Everest and is producing a large screen interactive exhibit based on his skydives for the Science Center.

Kevin Holbrook
Halojumper Team Leader - complete bio

Ben Crowell
Halojumper Tandem Master - complete bio

Jim Horak
Halojumper Tandem Master - complete bio

Neil Jones
Halojumper Tandem Master - complete bio

Neagle Ledet
Halojumper Jump Master - complete bio

For more photos and media coverage of this historic jump
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Paul Eriksmoen
Jump Pilot for Denali Skydive and Skydive Kapowsin

Dave Kaiser
Jump Pilot for Denali Skydive and Skydive Kapowsin

Eric Denkewalter
Retrieval Aircraft Coordinator - President of Fly Denali

E-mail or call Incredible Adventures today for further details: 800 644-7382

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