Taking a leap of faith

Jumping out of an aircraft is one thing, but free-falling 6,000 feet adds an extra dimension of sensory shock to the experience, writes Fearghal O'Nuallain.

5th May, 2012
Caroline Cassidy and Gordon Hodgkinson help Fearghal O'Nuallain with his jump. Photo: Gary Traynor

On a slow, spiral ascent we climb through grey clouds into a blue April sky above the Bog of Allen.

An oversized dial strapped to the back of my hand tells me we're at 10,000 feet. At 11,000 feet, the pilot's voice shouts over the buzz of the engine, breaking the focus that has reigned in the cabin since take off.

At 12,000 feet the door slides opens and a sub-zero wind buffets ten tightly packed jumpers....

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