1. About 50 jumps did a two way. We had a good dirt dive and I was told to deploy at normal Alt. about 4500' then. On the taxi way nearing then end of the runway. I looked at my wrist, no altimeter, oops, I told my partner , with about 400 jumps, and he gave me his altimeter and I gave him my protrack. I was still nervous and shocked I had got that far with no altimeter. we launched our dive and did it . Brain fart I guess, I was in front and watched him deploy. I never had seen that before , I was caught up in the moment.
Ok do it right , turn around, track wave off and look. When I saw the 2 lane road, I thought of fuck and pulled so fast. I was in the sadle about 1400'. I did a 180' and just made the DZ. Yes I was sat down and talked to at depth. I remember listening to him and still shaking.
2. About 150 jumps I had worked all night long , went right to DZ that morning. We were about 5000' when this jumper looked right at me and said " Your chest strap is mis- routed. This happened to be the second jump for me that day. After I got down, I relized on my first jump, I had a mis- routed chest strap , because I remebered that my shoulder straps were trying to slide off my shoulders, I had rolled my shoulders foward to keep them on. I had just thought I didn't tighten my chest strap all the way. Lesson learned. was very lucky that day.
3 jump 120 PD 260 main
Safety day 2008
Gear check found pilot chute not cocked. corrected.
Deploy , went into slow turn , grabed toggles got worse , pulled left toggle to wasit then it flew strait. I was looking at main , trouble shooting, finally, tension knot ! I did 3 controll checks and knew it really was a mal I had very little window of controll. I thought shit , I looked down, right over a 4 lane Higway about 2500'.
I will say righ here, that should never have a bearing on EP's but that day for me it did.
I stayed away from everybody and the DZ , because of my controll issue. I came straight in no turns and landed on the " outer fringe" of the landing area. When I got about 100' I relized I was Fast ! I knew I really very little flare, so Butt Slide !! I left a nice skid maybe 10' or so. Lesson learned
4 . 133 jumps
The rigger/packer (at a DZ that is no longer) wanted me to " test" a big main, 288 I think,
with a bikini slider. Student gear for big jumpers was non existent. He was a small guy and I'm not. I of course said no problem. Did a solo , knew to pull high, 7000', did my count, nothing, I looked up, , streamer. My first thought was " I can't believe this" LOL, I still can't believe my thought process at the time. Did my EP's , Landed at DZ, I was so frieked out I had no legs , so butt slide in.
5 I was trying to pack my main and the packer was helping me. The DZO came by and also helped. Anyway got it closed up. Me and a buddy got a free hop and pop. I went without a jumpsuit and helmet , both for the first time. I almost didn't wear my altimeter. I opened , A nice line over EP'S landed with my main. lesson learned