I just modified my "starting hill" on my track in to a pretty big jump. The jumps I'm seeing in photos of really good jumpers are pretty big, and pretty steep. So I carved out the side of the 5 foot high hill. It's a nice sweeping concave that nearly vertical at the lip. then the top is about 6 feet across and drops down the back side which is steep, but not as steep as the jump. I'm having a tough time pitching the bike down to land even with the down hill. I end up on my back wheel all the time, I'm afraid I'm going to loop out when landing. Forcing yourself to endo that far is a little strange. Since it's death any other time, it's a bit of a challenge to make yourself do it for the first time. My other jumps have downhill landings, but not very steep. They are more distance jumps.
How were your first attemps at landing on a steep down hill?