dwt wrote:Billy, could you please Talk more about the Safety predautions you guys are Talking when gliding? You mentioned some Basics in the video, but also that there is Lots more.
Gear Gear and gear.
It's important to have good gear and inspect it always. You could have the best skills on the planet but if the gear fails so do you. There are no back ups and only going as high as you are willing to fall from is the guidline. It is easy to get "carried away" and go higher but staying with in your personal comfort zone is key. I fly on new kites with little or no repairs, and I try and use new bars and lines
We try to back up anything we can. I will often Sling to my Chicken Line to take the Chicken loop out ot the system, I use a harness with leg loop ad make sure the Harness hook is backed up to them, some guyus have double lined, I don't.
I used to watch Alex Peterson string newlines and or double check his old lines all the time I try to look at all my lines, rigging and connection points. When I first start Climbing I do loops in both direction while edgeing and changing direction hard, so as to "shock load" the kite and rigging I think there is more pull and stress to my gear then, then while flying with it, this (in my mind) gives my gear a final check.
So far the falures I am aware of have been bars and leader lines failing so I try and insure all that stuff is top notch. Chasta whould run new lines all the time but he had a budget for them, most folks don't. I have a bar that is just for flying and use it for such. If I am covering distance I will use another bar and may still fly off it but I am carful to still check them out.
I think the most important saftey step is training and knowledge. I witness "hot shit" kiters watch us fly for a few laps then go out them selves give it a try and get worked. Falling from the sky and getting hurt. most limp around the parking area after and try and act like it was no big deal... We all are scared some one is going to hurt very bad this way., It is for sure the worst thing one can do, the kiters that come and ask questions and learn to Crawl, then walk, and run get it right and have a great safe time. I can ussally get Great pro level kiters flying in a couple of hours, and most avarage guys take a few days.
It is so importnt to learn the proper take off, then kite movements then landing. Learning to go very high in between thoose steps takes practice but it is not unuasal for a some one trying to teach themselves to drop from 25 plus feet to the snow by making one wroung move.
I was glad that kitesites did this video, for years many off us have been very quiet about gliding, our kites are just not made to fly, Speed wings and paragliders are, and we all thought that is the gear you should be flying with. But more and more people are trying and learning, it is amazing to go just a few feet high and fly a couple hundred yards down a hill. I watch some of the local Utah crew just do flying laps all day long. Evey time I am at a spot that other kiters can see people flying I answer a ton of questions, so it seem as though the best course of action was to share what we know with everyone to try and make it safe.
Flying high with your kite could go wrong and you could get very hurt, don't do it........
But if you really can't help yourslves because it is just so much fun, Please be as safe as possible and learn frome a skilled flyer....