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pchapman  (D 1014)

Mar 17, 2012, 12:27 PM

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Re: [DSE] Dropped toggle - recovery procedure?

Your crash is certainly a well known nasty one, DSE. A reminder to people that bad things can happen even "just" doing a front riser 90.

For my own dropped toggle experience, my hand was already off the rear riser, so it would be hard to find again quickly. I had already planed out on rear risers, so I didn't have much time, but on the other hand at least I was already low & fairly level & not simply in a high speed dive at the ground.

I didn't try to grab any particular thing down low, like finding the toggle or the riser again.

I reached high, sweeping an open hand forwards, because then it should connect with SOMETHING relating to the rear riser's lines.

Whether by luck or good hand placement, my hand hit the steering line above the guide ring. Hooking my fingers, one finger caught the brake line securely, and with that I pulled hard out and down.

Trying to get a good grip on something to pull straight down would be harder and take more time, but an outward and downward pull doesn't need a grip.

It was a bit of a skidding landing, but hauling on the brake line above the brake ring was enough to stay reasonably level and unhurt on the little Cobalt 75 at 2.3 loading.

The technique might not work well if say you were able to catch only the very outer most C line.

But other than that, I figure if you don't have the time to re-grab exactly what you want, sweep and hook your hand onto something rear-riser related to yank out and down on, so you aren't doing a totally one-sided flare.


(This post was edited by pchapman on Mar 17, 2012, 12:28 PM)


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