Similar to a touch ‘n’ go but a lot harder and against a vertical wall…
The jumper walked away from this strike with a bruised knee and a broken GoPro mainly because he :
- had good kneepads,
- had a helmet,
- was fast on toggles,
- was lucky!
He hit the cliff only once, stalling and turning the canopy on toggles. The kneepads (freeride knee-shinguard combination from Fox) for sure saved his knee, the helmet had no scratch but the GoPro attached to it got beaten up.
The packjob already turned nearly 180° before it reached linestrech. Because of this I’m pretty sure that body position was not an issue, winds were 0, packjob was nice. Watching the video over and over again, it seems like the PC is circling and is turning the canopy around on its way out. The pilotchute was properly attached to the bridle, but maybe it is spilling air on one side for some reason. I will update this as soon as I get my hands on it to check.
Or this is just another case of sometimes-the-shit-just-hits-the-fan thing that can happen when you throw a lot of fabric and a lot of lines into moving air…
On a closer look on the opening I would say that the brake setting could be set a bit deeper, so besides the obvious (like doing offheading drills, wearing good shoes, wearing a helmet)…
- Check out a proper deep brake setting for your setup, the factory ones are most likely ok on modern base canopies, but maybe not perfect for your wingloading. If you’re jumping stuff like this, 0.2 seconds more time to turn could make the difference.
- Wear body armor! It can save your ass! (… or knee, or whatever part of your body it covers …)
Canopy is a Troll DW MDV 245, PC is a 42″ZP AV from Morpheus, and a Gargoyle container. Surprisingly the canopy was not damaged at all.
Comments are welcome.
Thanks to the jumper and the cameraman for the footage.