Min Lowering Technique

a. Once the leader has ascended the tree to the appropriate height, he must then anchor himself slightly above the pilot. This can be done by quad hitching or girth hitching a runner to the tree and hanging from it. The leader must then construct a secondary anchor to lower the pilot down on. This can be accomplished in the same manner as before with girth hitches. Once complete the climber will then do one of two things: if no second rope is available then he will untie from his rope (making sure that he is safely tied off first) and run it through the anchor for lowering the pilot. If a second rope is available it would be wise to stay tied in for safety and use a separate rope for the pilot.

b. Once the rope is fed through the anchor for lowering, a figure eight will be tied into one end and a locking carabiner will be attached. If the pilot is conscious you can lower it to him and have him connect it to the D-rings located on the front of his harness. In the event the pilot is unconscious then you must lower yourself to him and attach it yourself. If the D-rings cannot be accessed then quad hitch a runner through the shoulder portion of the pilot's harness and attach to the rope with a locking carabiner. At this point you are ready to release the pilot from his parachute.

c. Double check your system: Ensure all slack is out of the system and a belay is on. This is critical you must ensure that you and the pilot are safe before releasing his parachute. Once you've double-checked everything you need to reach down to the pilot and pull the cable loop type canopy releases located on the shoulder portion of the pilots harness. This will cause a slight shock load onto your rope once executed, so be ready. After the pilot is free slowly lower him to the ground via your belay man.

TRANSITION: Now that the pilot is safely on the ground, there are other considerations that we must take into account.

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