Friday, March 4, 2011

Jet pack on skier makes every trail a downhill

Troy Hartman has done a lot of crazy things in his life. Just check out his website under "Senseless Acts."

Then again, what do you expect from an aerial stuntman and adventure enthusiast?

So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Hartman, a former Air Force flight instructor and fancier of the great outdoors, would strap a jet pack onto his back and step into a pair of skis. No, no surprise. He's done crazier things than imitate Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner.

See Hartman leave a dust of snow in his wake as he speeds along a trail without having to go downhill:

Hartman, 36, was born in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and was skiing by age 2, so he's comfortable on skis, obviously. And he's a stuntman and former pilot, so he's comfortable going fast on skis, obviously.

Will his next trick be to take off from the snow?

"I cannot lift off and fly with it by itself," the San Diego real estate broker told GrindTV. "But I am developing another wing, different from the sky-diving jet wing, to do just that."

Now that might pass the crazy test.

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