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Yuri wrote:
  1. Don’t wait! Push hard on exit and track from the very first second. Any speed you gain at the beginning will carry on throughout your entire delay and result in a very significant distance from an object. You can pick noticeable speed in the first 3 seconds - contrary to a popular (mis)belief.
  2. Keep tracking hard until your canopy deploys and sits you up. As Dwain pointed out, last second gives you the most distance - use it! Your canopy will not open hard because in a flat track your total airspeed is never above boxman terminal. As an additional bonus your deployment will consume less altitude, meaning you can pull lower safely.
  3. Our fears and real risks don’t match very well. Dumping high vs. taking it low is a very good example. On most slider-up jumps lower is safer! Please deal with groundrush, enjoy it or take another sport. This isn’t skydiving and altitude is not your friend any more.
  4. Some popular spots (like Kjerag #6 and #7) offer an additional safety margin of opening over deep water - but only if you track long and hard enough! It is not subterminal there any more, but the same rules apply.

Here is what i usually do: push hard (or run) on exit, swing my arms forward as my feet leave the rock (to gain more momentum) and then throw arms back into tracking position right away. I exit slightly head-down (30..45 degrees maybe) and track wider at the beginning trying to grab more air, narrowing it as the horizontal speed increases. You gain forward speed right away - at 3 seconds you are moving fast enough to really notice it on video when somebody films you from boxman. At 5 or 6 you shouldn’t even care which way your canopy opens ;-)

The best part is that it feels so good - the airflow is so different from flat exit you feel like you’re flying, not falling!

Lukas Knutsson wrote:

In order to reach maximum outwards distance from an object, a track must start as soon as possible, preferably within 1 sec, at least within 2 secs. The acceleration starts much earlier then. The effect is much more noticable when the body position is very disciplined. Starting a track doesn’t simply mean sweeping the arms back. A casual relaxed delta does not produce much forward motion. Here are my tips for a good track.

  1. Start as early as possible, ideally after 1 sec.
  2. Exit running if possible, at least head high. In this way you can benfit from the horizontal speed you have. Going slightly head down destroys any advantage of starting early.
  3. The faster you move forward, the more lift you can generate, the flatter your glide becomes. Prioritize fast forward motion, jam your legs together, dig your arms and elbows into your side and get very slim and narrow like a dart. Above all maintain a very tense and strong body position, it should take all the strength you have in your shoulders and stomachs muscles to maintain the negative arch around the waist. Roll the shoulders to channel air down the middle of your body.
  4. As you gain speed you can flatten the track in the last few seconds before pull by looking flatter out towards the horizon. This only applies when you have reached max track speed. This is much like a canopy flaring, you trade speed for lift momentarily.
  5. Don’t flare before you pull, just pull from the track. It will give you cleaner deployments.

It is possible to go much further than most think. Reaching the waters edge from Kjerag #6 within 15 secs is very feasible. It might be possible to get there with a low pull from Kjerag #5 if one wore a very slick speed skydiving style suit.


First, make several tracking skydives (solo max track not flocking dives) before attempting to track off a terminal cliff, a very minimum of 100 is what I recommend.

The goal of tracking is to reach maximum glide ratio (L/D). There are several school of thoughts on which body position is best for max L/D, the following one is just one of them that has been working great for my body type.

Think as your legs as your “thrust” and your arm as your “floating device”. The position I found to work for me the best is the following starting from head to toes (literally):

1. Keep your head down by looking between your legs, this will help you de-arch.

2. Your shoulders should be cupped in and rotated inward.

3. Keep your arms extended and locked with palms facing upward or knuckles towards the ground (this will help cupping your shoulders). Your arms should be a little in front of of your trunk not right next to it about 10? on the side, this requires some strength.

4. Forget about arching. Slick your butt in the air without tilting your trunk forward.

5. Legs should be straight and locked about shoulder width. Toes should be pointed out.

6. Due to the great speed that you can achieve watch out your turns because they might happen very fast. You can turn by gently rotating the shoulder on the side you want to turn or by using your legs. IMO, using your legs produce a “flatter” turn but this requires a greater amount of skill hence practice while skydiving first.

7. Before putting on tracing gear like inflatable jackets and pants become a proficient tracking with a regular jumpsuit or street clothes, i.e. learn to walk before running.

Submitted by admin on 2007-06-26 | Last Modified on 2007-06-27

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