The point of my post was to point out a couple of the obvious hazards I saw when I first looked at the pic. Maybe there are a few people who look at it and only think "what a cool pic".
And while there are safety conscious people at most DZ's, it isn't always the case. I've seen unsafe practices at quite a few DZ's where the "safety conscious" people were not even aware of a hazard, or simply didn't see it. At big boogies, often there is no one walking around with a big stick checking things out.
There are no such things as a "safe assumption", the golden rule ESPECIALLY with skydiving, is assume nothing.
The tail is in an ideal position to catch a half hitch around a bridle cord, and that, my friend, can cause major problems:
Horse shoe > bag lift off > partial deployment > spinning malfunction > cutaway and reserve deployment while still attached to a ball of shit > reserve entanglement >DEATH.
Its already been done.
The costume jump may not need to be scrapped at all, but maybe there were one or two things that could be done to make it safer. Its a bit late after being scalped to think it might have been a better idea to wear a simple hair tie.
And as far as your "those damn kids" comment goes, we see enough disparaging of the "old farts" by young hotshots who think they know everything, to know that it is totally a septic attitude to take.
Some of us have been around and seen (and tried) stuff that would make some of todays generation shit their pants. We've seen the consequences of screw ups as well. Its not good to see people repeating them.
Rather than being looked on as killjoys who want to spoil someones fun, all we want is to pass on sound advice that might stop skydiving killing you.
It pisses me off when people seem to almost take offence at proferred advice, rather than thinking it could be life saving information. And that happens quite a lot. "We're cool, what do you oldies know, talk to the hand".
I can sense that attitude in your reply....but maybe its just that I'm a little touchy. I'm an old fart, after all......
And I'm always up for an argument!!!
You old timers did do some absolutely insane stuff. I guess the reason I didn't get your post at first it because I saw the same things you did. Then assumed most people would. Felt like you were pointing out something obvious.
A cape? Nope.