EDT just wrote that this whole disaster was due to his QR not working and his inability to simply take the CL out the hook
Yeah but there are so many things before the point where he went for the QR that should have either called for a stepped up safety regimen or waiting or quitting.
Weather changes from broken skies totally overcast, low vis. Red flag
Jam cleat is slipping. Stop and investigate
Wind is changing directions and ground snow picking up. This is when I get out my thermos of coffee and look around for a while.
Kite is clearly underinflated and is having a hard time breaking out of the snow. He was in a hurry.
Didn't test QR before session. Cut corner.
Buddy is riding already and filmer wants to ride. Easy there cowpoke.
Filmer is filming. This affects judgement.
Getting dragged downwind. This would be a good time to look into the QR.
Bushes. Good way to get cut, poked, eye injury.
And then at 7 minutes, when he says the wind is going to 40kn, find out QR isn't working.
I'm sincerely sympathetic, like I say. It's super easy to make a bad decision when you're standing atop a stack of them.