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Published on Dec 30, 2011

HD version with sound here: http://youtu.be/JD8DjpMYOJA

Low pull / CYPRES fire at Sebastian Invasion 2011. I'd spent 30 out of 60 minutes in the wind tunnel the previous day and my arms were very sore and stiff. I had reservations about jumping but I decided to go anyway. At pull time, I couldn't bend my right arm back far enough to reach my hackey even though I'd been able to touch it on the ground.

I made three attemps to pull, then at about 21 seconds into the video I make an incredibly stupid attempt to shift my rig across my back to make the hackey easier to reach. I gave up on that after about 3 seconds and pulled my reserve handle, but lost my grip on it after it came out of the pocket, leaving it floating, At 27 seconds, I got a grip on the cable and opened my reserve at about 800 feet. My CYPRES probably fired during linestretch.

When my reserve was flying (at about 450 feet), I saw that my only real option for landing was on a rough trail through the swamp below. I opted to take the longest stretch available and didn't realize until I turned to final that I was landing downwind in 15-20 MPH winds. There was a tree growing in the middle of the trail just where I was going to land, so I had to turn at the last second to avoid it.

I ended up in a thorn bush wrapped up in creepers with my reserve stuck in the tree. It took me about 30 minutes to get free from the bush. No injuries but cuts and scrapes on my hands.

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