The equipment had not engaged and I was rocketing towards the canyon floor.
The only thing I could do to avoid certain death was to wrap myself around my rope.
I wrapped every limb around that rope... and experienced the worst pain I’d ever felt as it burned through my gloves, trousers, shirt... and skin.
It was the most intense pain I’ve ever experienced... that is, until I slammed into the canyon floor, breaking my back and ankles.
Later that day in the emergency room my orthopedic surgeon told me the ‘good’ news: I would walk again... but I would never run or jump out of airplanes any more.