Base Jumper in Norway, chute doesn't open

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Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 11, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7596528.stm

I'd love to try Base jumping but I am a coward.
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:16pm PT
It's important to note when posting these that the dude doesn't die. It's disturbing, but OK to watch.
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
yikes, that was scary

S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
sheeet that sounded painful TFPU
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
ouch.

From the title of the thread, i was expecting one of the few survivals where the parachute doesnt open. But from the video, his chute opened just fine. Problem was he had line twists, or didn't stow the toggles correctly and/or some other reason that he wasn't able to steer fast enough when his chute opened facing the cliff. Still gnarly. But a lot different than surviving if your chute doesnt open.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
Port, there is a limit to the words a Thread Head can take. I was going to use the words survive and OT, but couldn't.

ChrisMac, I know jack about Base Jumping, but the guy was lucky, apparently.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:55pm PT
Poor guy : ( here's to a quick recovery and many more jumps! It might be dangerous but that's life ain't it, rock climbers?
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 11, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Yikes. When stuff like this happens, you don't have time to get scared. Afterward, you get scared shitless..

Kinda like a climbing fall times a thousand.
JohnnyG

climber
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
He sounded pretty scared to me
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:11pm PT
If that dude doesnt take it easy he's gonna need a fundraiser.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
Thank God walking off the tail gate of a C-130 into the pitch black night with a thick forest canopy 600 ft. below cured me of anything having to do with parachutes.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Mar 11, 2013 - 06:43pm PT
that is from 2008 and been kicking around the web for years...
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 07:05pm PT
Squishy, how can I change the title (Thread Head) without deleting the whole thread and subsequent comments. If you know a way, let me know it. I am not a techie. And the Thread Head is not that misleading in my opinion. Do you have issues?

I'd change the title to something more positive, you show me the way, and let the other posters stay 'intact'.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
base jumper in Norway, takes a wild ride!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Base jumper needs rigging school again..?
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
Kenny T and Ron, better Heads. But how do I change it without deleting other people's posts.

And you two should work as headline writers on newspapers, I have (on a number of titles) , but your heads are better than mine.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:22pm PT

Jim, didn't your ripcord get pulled automatically?
I still wouldn't jump!
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 07:22pm PT
No way to change the title in the first post that I'm aware......
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Patrick, Don't you mean BUTTHEADS..
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Labrat, and Squishy, the title stays the same as I am not nuking the thread. I still do not think it was a bad title/Thread Head, perhaps I could have been better.

A broken leg is all the guy got (and I am sure, scared to sh#t, I'd be).

I'll base jump when I am 90 (if I live so long).

And if my time is up, "there goes Pat the Splat." I know, poor humor.

These people have to have, well, many are woman, so much not 'balls', but more than I have.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
Patrick, Don't you mean BUTTHEADS
KennyT, this is not Saturday Night Live, is it? It's Monday in Ireland. ;-)

Where's Beavis?

I don't care what others think, that rc.com or mountain project or irishclimbing.ie or UKclimbing, all good forums in their own right, but the Taco Stand is the best.

ChrisMac allows diversity, allows campfire talk, allows what the others do not. Fair play Chris. We are a community with a common thread, but also, our own opinions.

EDIT

Kennyt and others, you are the people that make this forum alive.

Being on this forum gives me a lot of relief. It is one of the few places I can express my views, my travails, my ups and downs. And it is to the other Taco Standers, the other Supertopians (and ChrisMac and co), who allow me this outlet, this freedom... thank you all for those that are positive. I am not a sycophant, I hope. Just ready to express my appreciation to fellow climbers. Many of us are going through tough times. We have to rope together.

And I will also post this on a new thread.

I believe. In us as a group. Maybe it is hippiesish, new world , I don't know what, but...
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:16pm PT
You should change the title..

I know you can't change the thread title, but yeah. Blooows again..
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
If that dude doesnt take it easy he's gonna need a fundraiser.

I don't think so, Norway is one of those countries where that government pays for everything its citizens want or need, no questions asked. Sitting on a crap load of oil makes that possible.
I wonder if having free health care and welfare encourages this sort of risky behavior--seems like lots of this sort of stuff happens in Norway, at least disproportionate to its population.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:24pm PT
what do the chicks look like in Norway? maybe I should move.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 11, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
I know you can't change the thread title, but yeah. Blooows again..

Hi Hankster. To be honest, I do not know what you mean. "Blooows again".

Maybe I should just shut my mouth and keyboard.

Would that suit you?

EDIT

Some of you may think that I am a whinger. That is your choice. There are lots of people out there with more serious problems than I have, but I have to concentrate on my own problems before I can help others.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:30pm PT
what do the chicks look like in Norway? maybe I should move.
I've never been there, but I think they look just like you'd expect! But I imagine they have pretty strict rules to keep foreigners out, or at least off the dole . . . there's always a catch.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
But I imagine they have pretty strict rules to keep foreigners out, or at least off the dole . . .

Oh, yeah, and god knows I tried. It is easier now though, especially if
you're, ahem, from someplace Norwegians wouldn't live in.
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
I'll base jump when I am 90

Yeah I think its totally do-able as a retirement sport. Just make sure you're rich so you can take a helicopter up there. This is where all the old big wall climbers should end up, like the baby boomers of the sport.
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
To be honest, I do not know what you mean. "Blooows again".

Your last thread title was you commiting suicide. In only my opinion, that was way insulting to any of us that have ever had to deal with a suicide for real. As an avid BASE jumper this was a stupid thread title as well. That's what I meant.... You don't gotta' leave the keyboard alone, but reel it in a little man.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
Steve, yes the ripcord got pulled automatically...a job a Chimp could do. The problem was crashing into the trees and dealing with what might be below the trees......spooky!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:45pm PT

Jim
I'll bet--punji stakes down there.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 08:35am PT
Your last thread title was you commiting suicide. In only my opinion, that was way insulting to any of us that have ever had to deal with a suicide for real. As an avid BASE jumper this was a stupid thread title as well. That's what I meant.... You don't gotta' leave the keyboard alone, but reel it in a little man.

Hankster, yeah regarding the head thread, I could have done better. Regarding my previous thread, never meant to insult anybody, and I have dealt with two suicides of close ones. And as a former EMT, I dealt with a couple of others.

It is just a bit of desperation on my part, and I sit here at the computer and keyboard, and sometimes use my fingers before engaging my brain.

I have a 'sign' posted next to my desk... Nil Desperandum. I try not to despair, but, then I also try to look on the bright side of life.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Mar 12, 2013 - 08:48am PT
This isn't a BASE site (I wouldn't be here otherwise), therefore I'm highly unconcerned Patrick didn't get the nomenclature right. Yeah, yeah, chute open, cords, whatever, but lighten the f*#k up base heads, sheesh. I thought you were carefree crazy people, not boring grammarians ;).

Judging Pat for talking about his feelings sucks too, imo. Insulting to people who have dealt with suicide? How about dealing with a guy who is feeling suicidal? Who is on an edge of sorts? Who can be saved? How else is he supposed to talk about his feelings, maybe resolve stuff before he truly decides to cash it in? Oh, right, let's not talk about suicidal feelings because it might offend somebody. Wrong.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Thanks Jebus, but I suppose Hankster does have a point to be considered.

It looks like mountaineers.net is no longer, as I cannot log into my email account (patricksawyer@mountaineers.net). I'll try again later, it may be a glitch, but if it isn't I will ask ChrisMac two things: firstly, if I can keep this thread going under a different Thread Head, and all the posts intact; and secondly if mountaineers.net has called it a day, then dpatricksawyer@gmail.com will be my contact email.

Now to go rob a bank, hit an old lady over the head for her purse, or just hope I win the EuroMillions. The latter is the best option. ;-)

As Monty Python (Life of Brian) says, Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life.

Nil Desperandum.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:59am PT
...But from the video, his chute opened just fine. Problem was he had line twists, or didn't stow the toggles correctly and/or some other reason that he wasn't able to steer fast enough when his chute opened facing the cliff...

That's my impressiono, too.

Here's another video of a cliff strike due to a line twist....

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:38am PT
^^^ looks like the lines came out straight at first then seemed to almost snap and twist 2 or 3 times. Also he lost a few valuable seconds unzipping his wingsuit before realizing the problem he had.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:52am PT
The thread title is fine.

Doesn't Open Properly!, or Line Twist!, or Poor Pack Job! might have been better, but so what.

Maybe Hankster needs to get laid and chillax a little.

Hankster, don't be a Coz, or I'll make you go sit in the corner!

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rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
at least the helmet cams seem to be holding up pretty well......
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:45pm PT
Ill take an order of dog tags please!
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Mar 12, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
That chick's married, KINKY!!

edit, I'm sorry Patrick for my doucheyness. I started the Neil Diamond and ABBA appreciation threads!!?? Who the f*ck am I to call any climber out for Topics.

Barbarian

climber
Mar 12, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
Thank God walking off the tail gate of a C-130 into the pitch black night with a thick forest canopy 600 ft. below cured me of anything having to do with parachutes.

I never had to go with only 600' of altitude, but that pitch black thing terrified me. I do however get this funny urge to take the dive every time I see a C-130 tail gate open in a movie or on TV.
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