Quagmirian

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  1. Over the last year I've barely jumped, and I've been involved in different adventure sports, sea kayaking and paragliding. One thing I've noticed is that the attitude I've picked up from skydiving has served me really well in the activities, and what's more they both have this idea of airmanship/seamanship. I've wanted to put my finger on this for years and it's only recently that I've come up with the word for what a lot of skydivers lack. In the UK, there's generally this idea that if you have a certain licence, then you're performing at a certain level etc, whereas someone's skills, knowledge and approach to the sport can differ wildly from the next. Looking at injuries/fatalities, so many of them could be avoided if there was a greater sense of being part of a bigger picture. Here are some areas I mean: Environment (weather, airspace, PLA etc) Equipment (packing, rigging, wingsuits etc) Dealing with emergencies (not just mals) Human factors Depth of knowledge A few others I can't think of right now Most instructors looking at this will go, 'yeah, I know all that', but what I don't understand is why this has to be just for them, why shouldn't every skydiver have a basic set of skills to get them along? My friend suggested that the system is the way it is because it works, but it clearly isn't, people are still getting seriously injured or killed. I've sort of rambled and really struggled to make my point but hopefully someone will understand and phrase it a bit better. Discuss
  2. You've done the correct thing by choosing your main and reserve first, and then finding a container to fit. Don't worry about downsizing for now.
  3. They won't say who they supply oddly. I did ask and they said they won't give out customer details. I know they supply Paratec though.
  4. Just to check that the slink is actually done up properly.
  5. We're lucky that in the UK you don't have to follow the manual anyway. Unpicking and then retacking a slink on very packjob is going to do more harm than good, fight me.
  6. William Reed do roll ends at about 50m in whatever colours they have, but dirt cheap.
  7. I do not tack reserve slinks for the reasons mentioned above. I set them by pulling and then just let them sit nicely in the pocket created in riser.
  8. William Reed in the UK makes a PN4 fabric, and it's very un-slippery. However, the feel of it seems to vary depending on the batch, the last lot was almost like sail material and packed really big. Soarcoat is probably just the most consistent quality, and that's why most manufacturers use it.
  9. It requires 2 closing loops of exactly the same length, out of something slightly thinner than standard Cypres cord. Both also have to be threaded through the AAD cutter. It's a pain in the arse, and having a Collins lanyard or just building your risers properly are better and more modern solutions.
  10. Which ones do you want? I have a pretty big collection
  11. It packs the same size because it is the same size. The 170 might actually be smaller than the 143
  12. A nice selection of half-arsed pulls there. I see a lot of people who need to work on their EPs. Funny how they can actually do it when they try. smh. As for the pin issue he makes a good point but I don't think it's as big a deal as he's making out.
  13. There's a guy in Newcastle but I can't remember his name. Someone on Facebook might be able to help you.
  14. I've spoken to all the chief instructors of the DZs that I frequent, and at this point, with my rigger rating and years of experience I actually have a pretty good image in the sport. However, a lot of the CIs are still in the mindset of "I'd rather you did that somewhere else", or "ooh, I'd like to get someone else to sign you off to do that". Shoutout to Rich at Langar for just being really chill and mellow and letting me get on with things. I think the real problem is that there has never really been a BPA system in place for odd cases like me, and I thought becoming a rigger would fix it. As for the sport, I was never that interested in it that much. I think my mistake was to fall in love with the idea of jumping rather than jumping itself. I think I've seen and done enough to get a fair view of it. Never say never though, I can always come back. I haven't even sold my rig yet. However, I have to realistic about the number of jumps I can do and the level of skill I can ever attain on my budget. I promised myself I wouldn't bitch about skydiving here. I don't work at the moment. I was looking at getting into rigging full time but who knows now. Maybe a sailmaker or a kayaking/paragliding instructor.
  15. Sorry for the lack of updates in the last year everyone. I finally got my rigger rating in December and made another ZP canopy. Here's the video from earlier this year. https://youtu.be/fpTBNnXoY9U It actually flies alright. Unfortunately, despite spending several years and really big chunks of my own money getting my rating, I've still found it difficult jumping homemades at a few dropzones. That, a long with a few other factors, means I'll probably be winding up my jumping for now. It's been an amazing journey, and I've met some great people ( a lot of them are in this thread). I've made some great experiences and I'm happy to be moving on in a relatively positive way.
  16. Double stowing a big rubber band is inherently superior to single stowing a small rubber band. The entire line group is supported as it is lifted off the bag, as opposed to a single wrap, where there is a gap that allows the stow to slip off at an inopportune time.
  17. Fuck this forum and its beginner bashing. Fuck the oldiewonks and their egos. I can't wait to see an improvement in packing.
  18. Not quite sure what you mean by that. 0.067? 15:1? 1:1.15? 1.15?
  19. No there isn't. This is a bullshit myth and I wish it would go away. It's true that certain canopies pack bigger or smaller and can sometimes go in a container that usually fits something else. But you need to check first.
  20. The other issue is the RSL release not being accessible when you want it (water landings etc).
  21. It's a number, good for most people, and it shuts people up.
  22. It's still not a good idea to colour in your canopy. Just watch a packing video instead.
  23. Buying a container and then finding canopies to fit it is a bit like buying a house and then finding a family to put in it. Wrong order, no matter how good the deal is.