Just wanted to acknowledge the Eteamers that removed my wreckage from the canyon below the E.  Pretty daunting task after already completing their flights.  Some of them aborted their flights because of the extraction helicopters involvement.  Thanks to all that visited and kept my spirits from falling too far.  My hospital stay was far from a pleasant experience, but did receive some super care from a couple of individuals.  Recovery is well on it's way.  Loads of discomfort from Broken ribs, sternum and femur.  You might ask what did you do?  Broke a lot of rules the biggest of which was mushing my launch. Right wingtip snagged a bush at end of launch and completed the stall and return to earth.  Spun to the right contacting two large boulders.  Glider took very little of the impact because of the angle involved.    Dave Beardslee was instrumental at the crash site  stabilizing me and assuring me help was on it's way. Severly wished I had a hook knife in my harness.  Got hung up in the cables and the two of us were unable to unhook the carabiner. Rescue personnel arrived and pretty much destroyed most of my equipment with my blessings.  Thanks to the Grand Ave fire dept, El Cariso Fire Dept  and Hemet Helicopter Rescue  folks.  They all did their jobs well.  many of my friends have rode the helicopter.  I was hopeing never to share the experience.  My chest mounted chute saved my life.  Ok I/m done ranting see you all soon just not in flight any more.

Thanks  Jack



Thanks for the report Jack!

Having had my own share of bad endings I want everyone to know that in one case a well-meaning pilot who ran to my aid may have left me paralyzed by yanking on my harness after I reported that I couldn't feel anything below my waist or move my legs. I had a hook knife in my harness and a pocket knife in my waist band. I had to yell pretty loud at the helper to let go of my riser and hang strap before he severed my spinal cord and killed me. I yelled at him to just cut the hang strap and stop trying to open the carabiner.

The moral of the story is for everyone to carry at least a hook knife in their harness and also carry some kind of folding knife on their person. I typically carry at east 3 blades on me in various forms when I fly.

Knives save lives!

Was just reading an article explaining that hang-gliding is "perfectly safe"...  I like to add "as long as nothing goes wrong"...   Glad to hear all the injuries are able to heal.  Interesting your chute saved you without being deployed - who knew?  Wow.  Trim a bush, save a tush?  (or at least not get poked in the eye...)

Here's a quote and a link, for your amusement:

“For some reason the general public thinks we jump off cliffs and that if the winds stop we fall out of the sky,” he says. “We can’t fall, that never happens. The gliders can’t break or spin or stall. The U.S. Safety Council says hang gliding is one of the safest activities you can be involved in. It’s inherently a safe sport, it’s very regulated.” The only thing that can go wrong, really, is an extremely rare mid-air collision, in which case the pilot still has a parachute to fall back on."


All forms of aviation are safe until the Poo Poo happens.  In this case pilot error (Poo Poo).  Pilot errors in aviation can lead to hurt.  Parachute took most of the initial impact to the chest.  Still left with broken ribs and sternum. I'm already up and about.  Left leg is non load bearing for  approx another 4 weeks.Heed Megrets instructions and dont mush your launches especially at Elsinore. Those boulders are pretty freakin hard. I;d be back in a couple of weeks I love this sport so much, but at 71 it's just not smart.