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Jeb Corliss crashes wingsuit at Table Mountain 19-Jan-2012 At 5:16:29 PM singersmith
On 19/01/2012 shortman wrote:
>On 19/01/2012 singersmith wrote:
>>On 19/01/2012 nmonteith wrote:
>>>On 19/01/2012 Sabu wrote:
>>>>I read somewhere that he managed to pull his emergency chute or something?
>>>I don't think base jumpers have emergency chutes.
>>The way it was put to me is that BASE jumper use only an emergency [reserve]
>>chute. When people skydive they have a chute that is fast and fun to
>>but slightly marginal as far as deployment, then also carry a reserve,
>>that almost can't fail, as a backup. When people BASE jump they use only
>>the latter. Again, this is just how it was explained to me.
>I've heard this too.

Somewhat comically, the context in which I was told this was that my friends were convinced that a particular cliff was so steep that it was effectively a skydive and they thought that if they jumped with one person on either side of me hanging on the the leg and shoulder straps that we could track far enough from the wall to make it a perfectly safe first jump of any kind for me. My main concern was flying the thing to the ground after they pulled the chute and released me. "Flying these things is casual [because they are reserves]. There's some things to know but just aim for the river if it feels sketchy."

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