Re: [rhopstr] How to resprond to accidentally dislodged reserve handle
I'd just pin it in place with my arm rather than hold onto it with my hand during the FF and opening shock. The opening shock could cause you to pull the handle completely.
Once under canopy, tuck it back into into the pocket.
The reserve pin is under some tension from the closing loop so its unlikely to just fall out.
But if you are aware of it, just be a bit more careful with your movements, until you are on the ground.
Of course good gear checks, and jumping with people who are not just going to grab your harness any old where will help prevent this in the first place. You can practise your grips and grip changes on the ground.
Next time your reserve is due for a repack, put it on, do a pracitce EP and pop the pin. That will give you a better idea of the force required to dislodge it.
Floating ripcords were reasonably common back in the days of main ripcord operated systems, inadvertent openings because of them were pretty rare, although many ripcord systems had two, three or even four pins on them.
Have you thought of your possible actions though, if you do have a reserve deploy while under canopy?. Several scenarios could come from that, each with different remedial actions.
(This post was edited by obelixtim on Sep 12, 2012, 4:08 AM)
Post edited by obelixtim
() on Sep 12, 2012, 4:08 AM