I'm canadian and we outsource a good deal of our jumping expertise to contract down california way.
I thought my 12.5 bare-ass night jump was amazing-by far the coolest thing i've ever done in my life, no gear to make it suck-well lit DZ so i didn't have to stress about not finding it sans NOD. There are no words to describe it. It helped that i actually enjoyed parachuting by the time we hit that portion of the course.
I hammered in with full gear an hour later on the night full equipment jump though. Significantly, LESS fun.
Anybody have any experience jumping those chest mounted bundles badboys, the ones with the drogue. I think they're called TORDS(sp?).