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377  (F 666)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:11 PM
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Every skydiver is a gambler. When we pull the silver handle we are literally betting our lives on hitting a jackpot.

I've won that jackpot twice. I mean what are the chances of hitting two jackpots on two pulls?

They don't call em "riggers" for nothing.

377


yoink

Feb 23, 2010, 2:16 PM
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Sorry? Are you saying that packing a reserve and having it inflate is a gamble akin to hitting a jackpot?

I hope it's a damnsight more likely than that! Wink


phoenixlpr  (D 3049)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:27 PM
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We call them just reserve packers.

How about 6?Wink


377  (F 666)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:27 PM
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Nahh, just feels like you hit a jackpot when it opens with no problems and flies right.

In fact, it feels better than anything you can get in Vegas, jackpot or otherwise.

377


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muff528  (D 17609)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:31 PM
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We call them just reserve packers.

How about 6?Wink

I hope your "reserve packer" isn't the same guy who is packing your main!TongueSmile


phoenixlpr  (D 3049)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:33 PM
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We call them just reserve packers.

How about 6?Wink

I hope your "reserve packer" isn't the same guy who is packing your main!TongueSmile
Sure and you must be a fortune teller, just buy telling from a number. Pirate


Premier likestojump  (D License)

Feb 23, 2010, 2:56 PM
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Don't call me a rigger ! I am a Nylon American !


wolfriverjoe  (A 50013)

Feb 23, 2010, 3:06 PM
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Don't call me a rigger ! I am a Nylon American !

I thought it was a "Kneeling American"Tongue


masterrig  (D License)

Feb 23, 2010, 3:29 PM
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Every skydiver is a gambler. When we pull the silver handle we are literally betting our lives on hitting a jackpot.

I've won that jackpot twice. I mean what are the chances of hitting two jackpots on two pulls?

They don't call em "riggers" for nothing.

377

Imagine... how the rigger feels!Laugh
The son of the rancher I work for, always brought his rig to me for I&R. One Saturday, he had a reserve ride. I witnessed the whole thing and he did a good job getting material into the air. After that, I could do no wrong, back at the ranch!Laugh


Chuck


parafredo  (D 639)

Feb 23, 2010, 3:54 PM
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Life is a gamble. You have just to try to put all chances on your side, rigger too...


masterrig  (D License)

Feb 23, 2010, 4:11 PM
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My dad told me while I was growing-up: "Do it right or don't do it at all!" Keep the odds on your side!


Chuck


fencebuster  (D 29918)

Feb 23, 2010, 6:01 PM
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I had my first cut-away on C-1, jump #4. After I did it once I trusted the gear to save me. I have 4 cutaways and one non-cut-away reserve ride in 740 jumps. TRUST THE GEAR! I feel like I have won the jackpot 5 times. All my riggers get their choice of beverages!


RoryJ  (D 28873)

Feb 23, 2010, 8:14 PM
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Rigga please!
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pchapman  (D 1014)

Feb 23, 2010, 8:21 PM
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I don't know about the jackpot thing, but here's another bit of imagery:

Going for the reserve has reminded me of a duel in a Western movie.

You chop, flip to belly, and there you are, face to face with the earth coming at you fast. It's just the two of you, nothing else matters.

You're down to your last shot.

It's the moment of truth that imprints itself on your brain.

"Draw!" Your hand moves, there's a flash of silver, and you stop the earth dead in its tracks...


mjosparky  (D 5476)

Feb 23, 2010, 8:36 PM
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I don't know about the jackpot thing, but here's another bit of imagery:

Going for the reserve has reminded me of a duel in a Western movie.

You chop, flip to belly, and there you are, face to face with the earth coming at you fast. It's just the two of you, nothing else matters.

You're down to your last shot.

It's the moment of truth that imprints itself on your brain.

"Draw!" Your hand moves, there's a flash of silver, and you stop the earth dead in its tracks...

Waitress, oh waitress, can I have the same thing he is drinking.

Sparky


koppel  (F License)

Feb 24, 2010, 1:07 AM
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I want that shirt!


sparkie  (D License)

Feb 24, 2010, 1:41 AM
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I had my first cut-away on C-1, jump #4. After I did it once I trusted the gear to save me. I have 4 cutaways and one non-cut-away reserve ride in 740 jumps. TRUST THE GEAR! I feel like I have won the jackpot 5 times. All my riggers get their choice of beverages!

yikes, how did you manage that? only ~200 jumps / 1 reserve? Crazy


GLIDEANGLE  (D 30292)

Feb 24, 2010, 2:50 AM
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I had my first cut-away on C-1, jump #4. After I did it once I trusted the gear to save me. I have 4 cutaways and one non-cut-away reserve ride in 740 jumps. TRUST THE GEAR! I feel like I have won the jackpot 5 times. All my riggers get their choice of beverages!

yikes, how did you manage that? only ~200 jumps / 1 reserve? Crazy

Actually it is worse than that! it is ~148 jumps / reserve ride (740/5).


fencebuster  (D 29918)

Feb 24, 2010, 9:09 AM
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Just unlucky I guess. #2-- Mr. Bill gone wrong, tension knots, spinning canopy slider stuck 2/3 of the way up. #3-- steering line/toggle knotted around guide ring; probably could have landed on rear risers, but felt more comfortable with the cut-away, which worked out real well with my skyhook. #4 -- new, smaller rig, shifted during free fall and I could not reach the hackey in 3 tries-- pulled sliver passing 2500. #5 Slammer after using a different packer at a boogie damaged my canopy (blown cell and broken steering lines; spinning canopy, cut away at 3,000 -- lost the main canopy and freebag in a river.


apogee77  (D 1000000)

Feb 24, 2010, 12:13 PM
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Talk to Rory down in Spaceland.

Will


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Feb 24, 2010, 8:16 PM
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More than 4300 emergency parachutes packed and only one customer died while wearing my workmanship.

Mind you, he never climbed high enough to bail out. The last few seconds of his life, he was busy trying to force-land his experimental Reno race plane.

Other than that, I quit counting after more than 20 reserve rides. Most of my reserve rides were after cutting away from first-generation tandem mains that almost opened.

I don't have a clue how many skydivers I have saved because the cheapskates no longer bring me booze.
Oh!
Wait a minute!
I quit drinking booze more than 14 years ago.


VectorBoy  (F 321)

Feb 24, 2010, 8:26 PM
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 Was that the Pond racer?


riggerrob  (D 14840)

Feb 24, 2010, 8:50 PM
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Yes, it was the Pond Racer.

I forget the details, but he was wearing a fairly standard Butler Chair type PEP containing a 26 foot Lopo or Butler XTC-500 round canopy.


airtwardo  (D License)

Feb 24, 2010, 10:47 PM
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In fact, it feels better than anything you can get in Vegas, jackpot or otherwise.

You've obviously never met Jasmine...the tall brunette that hangs out at the Riviera. BlushWinkSly


377  (F 666)

Feb 24, 2010, 11:02 PM
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Good one Airtwardo

Maybe we should give our riggers an hour with Jasmine instead of a bottle of their favorite liquor when we pull silver and have a good ride.

They should get a good ride too huh?

Mixing hookers and skydiving has caused problems in the past. Remember that Twin Beech jumpship from Yolo CA that crashed at that Nevada "ranch"?

377


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