You’re kidding me? Chris Walker has conjured up another thing to do whilst in freefall. A few days ago, Chris completed Rubik’s cube in under 60 seconds whilst freefalling at 120 mph …so, what am I missing here? What’s the point of all this? Well first, I think it’s a ‘hey look at me Mum, aren’t I cool / clever / talented / fearless – insert your own word and you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not knocking it. In fact I’m jealous. The fastest I ever got to do a Rubik’s cube was a painfully slow three and a half minutes, which means I would have had to accompany Felix Baumgartner to 128,000 feet… and then there’s the added complication of cold hands and clumsy gloves, not to mention the visor fogging issues.
Well, Chris’ feat has to go down with all the other loony things we try to combine with skydiving. The list just keeps growing: unchaining yourself from a coffin; snapping planks of wood with karate chops; and now, solving Rubik’s cube. I think we’ve all been guilty of one or two of them sometime in our aerial careers. I know I have, and I’ve also filmed a good number of them for friends – anything from wearing snow skis to carrying favourite Teddies. (Full disclosure: when I was wearing the red Power Ranger suit I was actually getting paid at the time for movie work!)
OK then, let’s get really creative. How about consuming a Maccas burger, fries and Coke in 60 seconds (at terminal of course); updating our Facebook page; juggling; frying an egg on a portable camping stove. Anyone for a quick set of yoga poses, lining up a date on Tinder or just a plain old Cosplay costume … It’s all just taking our everyday life on the ground and putting into a wildly different context. And I thought we went up there to escape the mundane, ground-bound world. I wonder whether we learn anything from it or is it just a bit of mindless entertainment. Well it’s certainly newsworthy and makes for a great piece of skydiving publicity for the day. I’m all for that, and as they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity…
So what is the point? I guess there is none. Pushing boundaries and stretching limits are all part of the sport, but are we really thinking far enough outside the cube?