> > Estimate is initial
> >pull was about 2300, reserve pull was at 1700, in the saddle before 1300.
> thats some quick pulling...
You're right in this case Sott, that was pretty quick.
A couple of weeks ago I was filming an 8 way that broke of at 4.500ft. As is
my common practice, as they broke I went to pull but was unable to deploy my
pilot chute. After another couple of tugs I deployed my reserve, opening
down below the majority of those I'd been filming as is clearly shown on the
Well, having gotten a few jumps under my belt along with a few reserve
rides, this was no big deal just something I've come to expect to happen
occasionally and I routinely train for. However, a day or so later an
experienced jumper came to me and said he'd seen the video and he said he
didn't think I'd spent much time dealing with the problem, then he walked
off leaving me standing open mouthed but speechless (not something that
happens often)! I was a little put out at his comment despite the fact that
I believed up until that time that I'd done everything right. That night as
I lay in bed I couldn't sleep as his comments kept ringing in my head and I
lay there restlessly going over and over the sequence of events without
coming to a clear-cut feeling that I had indeed handled things correctly.
The next morning I went straight to the video room and replayed the tape a
few times, running the stopwatch along with it. From my initial pitch to
deployment of my reserve was 12.3 sec. I think I had spent plenty long
enough dealing with the problem! I guess the person who made the statement
has never had a total (my previous one I had cause to deploy my main at just
below 1500ft - which I couldn't - and I gotta tell you the ground gets real
big real quick when your travelling towards it below a thousand feet and
still at terminal)!
My point here is that, if I at my level of experience (and arrogant
attitude) can be sent to bed second guessing my handling of a situation,
perhaps we should all be a little careful of what we say to or around
others, unless we are in full possession of the facts and/or are responsible
for revising their training or procedures. If the things we say or the
doubts we place in a persons mind cause them to act in a manner other than
that which they've been taught to do, perhaps we may become a contributing
factor in their misappropriate handling of a situation!
Just a thought!
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