Premature Parachute Opening With Horny Gorilla

Andrew ReveszBy Andrew Revesz

Horny Gorilla exits are fun… until one of your friends is ejected from the formation with a premature parachute opening. Considering the situation, I think the timing of the premature opening — while all the skydivers were on level and still close together — was the best outcome. This might not have ended so well if someone was above her when premature opening occurred.

Gear checks, maintaining a tight closing loop, and exiting the plane by rotating your rig inwards toward the center of the door (to avoid rubbing your rig/pin against the door frame) can help to avoid premature openings like this.

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