Jun 25, 2004, 7:02 AM
Post #1 of 653
Stupid things I have done
In keeping with on of Bills threads....I thought I would post a few of my really stupid things I have done.
Learn from them...Make fun of them....I don't care. Most on here think of me as a saftey nazi...there is a reason for this...I survived my dumb mistakes and have seen others make the same mistake and not live to learn from them.
1. Around jump #34 I climed out to float on a Queen air with my chest strap undone....A guy inside saw it and pulled me back in.
Somewhere around jump #200, I had an off field landing. I looked for obstacles and didn't see any. Knowing better I decided to do a big fat 180 hook into the field I was landing in. Didn't see the barb wire fence until I was right on it, good thing I was able to lift my legs and pop over it.
HP landings + unknown landing area just isn't a smart thing to do at all.
(This post was edited by ianmdrennan on Jun 25, 2004, 7:55 AM)
@100+ jumps, visiting new DZ, long spot, hell bent on making it back, just barely made it by clearing roadside hydro wires and ONLY releasing brakes to flare my landing... anyone care to count all the mistakes? ;-)
Around jump #75 I opened way too close to a friend after a four way. We bumped end cells shortly after each of us had grabbed toggles. We both learned to look around when we were tracking after that.
Around jump #100 I pulled at 2500 feet. No big deal, that's about where I usually pulled back then. I was supposed to track away from the camera guy first instead of pulling in front of him though.
Around 725 jumps I got a canopy that was just a bit too fast for my skill level. But I knew I'd get it figured out, and I was going to be really careful with it. 60-ish jumps later I was out of the sport for a year because the 58-ish bad landings had helped destroy a couple of discs in my back.
PhreeZone (D License)
Jun 25, 2004, 9:01 AM
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250 jump, hooked towards the clubhouse to swoop someone and got tunnel vision. Never realized there were no outs and forgot about the volleyball pole being there. Hooknswoop had to sew that patch on since I ripped the end cell open as I landed.
350 jumps, downwind landing on a hot air balloon jump onto a gravel drive way. Ended up tumbling through gravel.
550 jumps. Spinning opening with the wingsuit. Other person and I had poor seperation and in the middle of my 360 spins I went right around him. Yeah, in the 50 foot tube that I seemed to be going around he was right in the middle of it.
685 jumps, tried to swoop the gates - Target fixation and realized it at about 160 degrees and 35 feet. Hardest dig I've ever done and since it was'nt an even flare/dig it ended up being a hard ground carve flare.
Ouch! I had 89 jumps, I was under a Sabre 135. I thought I could fit a 180 hook from abou 70 feet. Needless to say, it didn't work so well. I left a four inch divot where my face hit. I actually walked away with only scratches and a huge appreciation for people who really knew how to swoop a canopy. I slowed my progression down big time after that (-:
Jun 25, 2004, 9:46 AM
Post #12 of 653
Re: [PhreeZone] Stupid things I have done
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I'd have to look at my logbook to figure out what jump this happened on, but somewhere in the 175-250 jump range I came off of a solo head down jump (which was going well) and missed my 4500 break off ProTrack warning. So I misinterpreted the 3000 foot pull warning as my break off warning and found myself hauling ass at 3k. The video shows me doing a 180 and looking at my wrist mount altimeter (it showed 2200), I wave off and pitch. Snivel ... snivel ... snivel and my main canopy opens. But unknown to myself, my Cypres fired as I was deep in the saddle and due to this circumstance (and the fact that the container was considered tight for the reserve) the reserve never came out of the container (the reserve PC was left dangling), and I then executed a 180 front riser carve and landed in the peas and saw this reserve PC flop down in front of me ... thinking ... this isn't right. I easily could have been killed on that jump had my reserve come out of the container and entangled with my main while I was in the middle of my 180 front riser carving turn.
Lessons learned ... when I find myself at 2k with nothing over my head, go for my reserve. Some old time belly fliers may be thinking what's wrong with pulling at 2k, but when you are coming off of a head down jump hauling ass in the rarified air of CO, going for one's reserve is a better option.
Oh and the 750 foot Cypres altitude we've all been told about is for a "belly to earth" orientation. The Cypres will fire much higher when you are head or foot first towards the planet.
(This post was edited by CanuckInUSA on Jun 25, 2004, 10:06 AM)
billvon (D 16479)
Jun 25, 2004, 9:48 AM
Post #13 of 653
Early on (~100 jumps?) when working on accuracy, I tried too hard to hit the "X" and was not in control when I touched down. The late Winter ground was very soft and I PLFed the heck out of this but I was sore for a week all over.
Probably 50 jumps later, on a double-front-riser approach I kept trying to "get down to glide" all the way down to about 10 feet. I gouged the ground right through the target. Luckily all the stains were green and the limp went away in about a week. My failure here was not admitting the approach had problems and going to "safe landing mode" by an appropriate altitude. I may have avoided contact with the ground by yanking my toggles harder, but that wasn't the core screwup here.
We were hotloading a 182 on the taxiway once - me (normal jumper) and 3 wingsuits. - when a plane showed up behind us. I got nervous about being in their way and when I got in last, I was in a hurry. One of the other guys pointed out that loading in a hurry is very bad. (Pulled handles or worse.)
I confused the pilot with the fuel truck operator once.
I did a lot of DIY pilot chute experimentation with 2 reserve rides as the penalty.
Jumped in winds so high that even with the truly excellent PLF, I still hurt my shoulder because that's where I ended up. So I went jumping the next day anyway, even though I couldn't lift my hand to the top of my head .
Downwinded it because I was thinking to myself (yeah I can hit the peas) and I didn't realize the Arrow pointed in the landing direction and not the wind direction. At about 150' I realized I was moving along pretty good (ground speed) and so I just stayed calm and kept it level and flared, got about 2 steps and tumbled. I landed maybe 100 feet from the boarding area and about 20 feet from the taxiway (no airplanes though) I got talked to.
Took a sunrise 3 way to about 1500 before the camera man dumped and clued us to look at our altimeters. I was in the saddle at about 800. Luckily I had forgotten to turn on the cypress in the student rig I had borrowed.
I had a couple hundred jumps and the other 2 and camera guy had a thousand or better each. They figured I would be keeping track, and I thought they would be.