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  1. I got my entire right arm caught in between twisted risers on my Safire after trying something stupid. Apart from not doing silly things anymore, I changed two things about my jumps as a result of this: 1.) Previously, I only carried a leg mounted hook knife. This experience made me realise that if my arm on that side was incapacitated or entangled, that I couldn't reach my knife with my other hand. I now always carry a chest-mounted knife as well. 2.) I have also started practicing one-handed reserve drills.
  2. 15000ft antenna? That'd better have a lift (elevator)....
  3. The majority of places in the UK are RW before FF. I don't jump at the places that do the opposite.
  4. It's a matter of statistics. I'd say your chances start at around 99.99% at 1000ft, and decrease exponentially to about 0% at 100ft.
  5. When is the snow normally gone by?
  6. >> Starts collecting the pennies
  7. This picture is only an example, but the type/height of the crane is roughly the same to my untrained eye. It is ground mounted. Edit to change link to better example.
  8. Thanks Tom, that's what I was afraid of
  9. Is that likely to be a walkway or a ladder on this type of boom though? Basically, the ones I'm looking at are at too steep an angle to climb if it's just flat walkway....
  10. Something festive this way comes.... Plus there's lots around my end of the UK...
  11. I've been seeing a lot of a particular type of crane recently, and I'm wondering what access along the boom of these to a potential exit point is like. I'm talking about the ones that have the boom at only 20 degrees or so from vertical, not the classic variety with a horizontal boom that you could walk out along easily. Please could anyone who's been on one of these, or works with them, let me know if there is generally ladder access along the boom to the tip, whilst it is still near vertical? Or do they have to lower it back to horizontal before maintenance access is available? Cheers for any info, R.
  12. Nice work Dan. Do you get bored with same object once you've worked out how to jump it already?
  13. I'm just playing devil's advocate here.... I still firmly believe that DZs should cover student chops.... However, most student malfunctions (when you include S/L) are caused by the students' body position, not bad packing.
  14. Ethically, the DZ should always cover the cost if it is a student. The thought, "I can't afford to chop this", should never even enter the students head.