It might have been a shoddy approach to a sketchy, too small field; or it might have been a collapse right after a mis-timed launch that threatened to swing us viciously into the hill - These are moments we will permanently burn into our flying brain - so that the fact we dodged the bullet - this time - isn't lost on us. That we are able to fly another day makes us more appreciative of that fact, and more careful to protect that ability. We've all gotten away with some scary moments. Every once in a while we don't.
At my first paragliding XC competition, The Rat Race, I met a great guy named Jeff Huey. He was a top-10 pilot who was a bit older than many of his contemporaries and a respected pilot. He's generous with his advice and as humble as they come. He made an impression on me because I had definitely been bitten by the bug and he had attained a level of competence and respect that I aspired to - Shortly after the comp, it happened. I heard about his accident through the grapevine. He had crashed in Mexico while practicing before a comp. He had broken his back and had profound loss of mobility. That was 4 years ago.
Jeff has been through a lot since then. If a man shows his true character while enduring adversity, his character would fill a stadium. While in pain and confined by his injuries, he still was the great personality and sound advisor at many events. Well, it's not over for Jeff and he could use some support from the community. I hope you'll help this friend in need. You can be an encouragement just by writing. Recently one of his fellow "TeamLoser" compadres wrote the following:-