Category Archives: Safety

Throw it as you mean it

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I’ve written about this already 5 years ago in my second post on this blog, but since more video material accumulated in my collection over those years, I thought its worth a more extensive video, so here we go: https://vimeo.com/183051913 … Continue reading

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Breakcord

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I just got a new roll of 80lbs breakcord and I tried to figure out if temperature and humidity had some effect on its breaking strength. I’m talking about the standard 80lbs cotton break tape (MIL-T-5661) that we use for … Continue reading

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Slider down vs. Slider off

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On one of my recent slider down jumps I had a 180 and encountered an issue with the slider that I never really thought about or realized before – grabbing the slider together with a backriser. Here’s just a brief … Continue reading

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Cutaway Handles

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3 ring systems on base rigs are rarely used under load, I suppose for the majority of jumpers, me included, it’s mostly used for switching canopies and the occasional planned water landing, where in both cases theres barely any tension … Continue reading

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Harness construction

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Recently two manufacturers published service bulletins as reaction to damaged harnesses found in the field (links at the bottom of the page). There has been a lot of fuzz about this on facebook and the forum, so for those that … Continue reading

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GoPro anti-snag mounts

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If you don’t know why an anti-snag mount is a good idea for BASE or skydiving, read this post first. Here some links where you can buy anti-snag mounts Cookie Fuel roller mount luron01’s mount Hegan mounts Homemade anti-snag mounts … Continue reading

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Snagpoints

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This has been bothering me for quite some time so finally I come around writing something on this. In the past 4 years we had 2 confirmed GoPro fatalities (BFL #158 and BFL #206). What troubles me the most with … Continue reading

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Softhousings

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With a properly manufactured, maintained, and correctly assembeld 3 ring there is practically no chance of an unintentional cutaway. The obvious reasons for such an unintentional cutaway would be a getting the release handle snagged on something, a broken loop … Continue reading

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Pin orientation

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A more detailed view on the happy/sad pin orientation that I briefly mentioned in the pin-locks post. Thanks to Todd from Apex for pointing this out to me. Since I had a hard time wrapping my head around the whole … Continue reading

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Pin locks in detail

When flat and stable the bridle will pull in "normal" direction.

Since there was way more feedback on my last video than I expected I want to go a little bit more into detail. The described scenarios and pull orientations will most likely not happen in a slider up/ terminal environment, … Continue reading

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Pinlocks

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Pretty much every rig design out there has some issues that at certain pull directions the pull force increases. This ranges from a little additional force that has to be applied to pop the pin, up to that the pin … Continue reading

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Treelandings

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Depending on where and what you jump you will end up in a tree eventually. I think there are very few jumpers that have more than a few hundred jumps and didn’t land in a tree at least once. Landing … Continue reading

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Brake line release toggles

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I recommend the use of release toggles for slider up jumps, Adrenalin and Apex are selling mature release toggle systems, both work fine and risk of a premature is low to nil, with the Adrenalin version being my personal favorite. … Continue reading

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Rigging up for handheld and thy bridle

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I know, this maybe seems like a no-brainer for some of you, but over the time I have seen so many jumpers handle their gear in very awkward ways when rigging up for a handheld or staticline jump ending up … Continue reading

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Ultra low freefall

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Before hucking yourself off something really low, there are a few things you should know, most of them are described in the two PDF’s below, read them! Knowledge is one thing, the required skills another, so I cannot stress this … Continue reading

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CWY Staticline

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This is the CWY staticline system I use. I don’t have a clue who invented it in the first place, but discussions about it on bj.com date back quit a while, so its rather old and a lot of people … Continue reading

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Staticline jumps

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After seeing some funky, and a few quite dangerous constructions I just want to add my 2 cents… This is not a guide on how to do staticline jumps, go find someone that shows you how to do it the … Continue reading

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PC hesitations

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This is about PC hesitations on short delays when going stowed. The problem with PC’s that have been packed in the BOC for a longer period of time should be well known, so this isn’t really what I was going … Continue reading

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Getting into wingsuit base

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After quite a lot of tracking jumps, I started wingsuit base this season. Here a few things I learned: If you find yourself on an exit in a small suit, while every one around you has a X-Bird or a … Continue reading

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Update on Strike ‘n’ Go

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Update to this post. I got the PC that was used for this jump, I double checked it and it looks fine. Its a 42″ ZP, vented with a piece of PVC pipe as handle. Every panel stretching evenly with … Continue reading

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Center cell stripping

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http://www.vimeo.com/29396829 The center cell is stripped out of the packjob so fast that it is pulling lines from the tailpocket, leading to a linedump and a very hard opening. Pilotchute was a 36″ AV ZP,  which I would say is … Continue reading

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Strike ‘n’ Go

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Similar to a touch ‘n’ go but a lot harder and against a vertical wall… http://vimeo.com/29058707 The jumper walked away from this strike with a bruised knee and a broken GoPro mainly because he : had good kneepads, had a … Continue reading

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Offheading fun

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http://vimeo.com/28703835 Bring a set of spare clothes when jumping over water. (even if theres just a little of it) Take care when routing your brake lines. When using toggles for heading correction don’t miss them. Choose your exit point careful … Continue reading

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Using direct control as a tailgate

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A simple and effective way to make the direct slider control also work as tailgate for slider up jumps. This isn’t my idea and some of you maybe have seen this before or already use this. If you don’t use … Continue reading

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Lineover clearing itself

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Video of a slider up lineover clearing itself during opening. http://vimeo.com/28228649 The “snapping” movement of the left side of the opening canopy made me have a closer “frame-by-frame” look at it, and on one frame you can see that the … Continue reading

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Watch thy PC handle

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After more than 400 jumps I made it to stick my finger into the PVC pipe handle on my pilot chute at pulltime. This is kind of embarassing, since this problem has been known for quit some time. I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Case of LS

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Deliberately taking away safety margin, by doing unsafe and stupid shit of a sketchy object, just because it’s legal and has been jumped thousands of times before , and for that matter is considered as safe. This is the Lauterbrunnen-syndrome … Continue reading

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The Death Swing and Thy Bridle

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Producing base jumping footage that scares non-jumpers is quite easy, its about the footage that makes all other jumpers cringe… like this one: http://www.vimeo.com/26788405 I want to add something to this… What he did with his legs (as he says … Continue reading

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Aerials in Base by Dwain Weston

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Since its not possible to locate the document using google anymore, and all links on blinc and bj.com are broken. I’m hosting the file to get it back on google. This document contains a lot of interesting and important stuff … Continue reading

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Overrotating frontflips

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Overrotating aerials is always a bad idea. Doing so on a slider down frontflip is not just like a “normal” head-low deployment, since you still have some rotation momentum that works against the direction the canopy pulls you. So the … Continue reading

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