Utter disaster, miraculously unhurt

[ Distorted Mood: Distorted ]
I’m not going to have computer access for the next couple of weeks, so I won’t be able to write this up properly for a while, but this past Sunday was the worst day of hang gliding I ever hope to experience. The synopsis is that after a couple of hours of smooth soaring, a bad move on my part resulted in my glider breaking up at around 1500 feet AGL, then a reserve ride that ended 50 feet off the ground in a dead tree in the woods. That was followed by a two hour process with ropes and ladders to get me to the ground. Sorry for the incomplete information, but I’ll fill in more when I can, and I wanted people to know that I’m unharmed save for scrapes, bruises, and the weird stuff that will be bouncing around in my head for a while. I will be taking an extended break from flying, though I’m hoping to do some XC retrieve driving later this year.

Let me say this, though: dental floss. If you fly where there are any trees, and if you don’t already have some in your harness, go out today and get a little box of it (mine was 55 yards) and put it in a pocket that’s easy to reach. People talk about it, but I don’t know how many actually carry it. Having the dental floss to pull a rope up made a very big difference in the rescue.

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About cleversky

Hang glider pilot in New England since 2004. Also an avid orienteer, and an embedded systems firmware engineer. And some other outdoor stuff.
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