Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
An early start today, moving the gliders over to the tow paddock before breakfast.
Some nice wings in this line.
Davis giving his take on the weather for the day and how it relates to the task.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
We went to a local monument to check out the first archeological dicovery in the US. It was not that impressive.
After getting back to a good altitude, I decided I needed to fly upwind as much as possible and stay high. This didn't work very well but I managed to stay upwind of the next turnpoint and luckly got a good climb back to 11,000 but the climb drifted me 3km opposite of the courseline. It took a while getting back on course. Pretty sound the 20 mph sidewind had gotten me low, I was flying as fast as I could crosswind in sink and slowing in lift and turning into wind. This got me just 8km of the 20km second leg. I was pretty happy with the progress and figured I would land before long. I passed over Bruce about here continuing cross wind. I was starting to set up an approach into place where I did not want to land when I got a burble. I wasn't climbing but I could drift at 400' downwind and get closer to a road. After a mile I had climbed 500 feet but the thermal turned on. I climbed back to 8400 drifting 8km off course. But I blazed into goal through glass off conditions 4000 feet over goal. (obviously way too conservative on the hieght)
This was my first ever goal in a competition and I was pretty happy.
Day2 - was a fun day, we had a decent start and flew in huge gaggles, made good progress along the course flying ove quite a few other gliders. Bruce and I worked togther over a tricky section half way along the second leg of the 4 leg course. we got separated just before Picacho peak, maybe because I took this picture. Its a neat looking mountain with great walking trail to the top.
After flying over the peak many pilots got stuck in the venture, this made the waypoint easy to reach downwind, but the 180 there back into wind had us on the ground pretty quickly.
Day 3 started with poor start for Brian and I. Bruce got to start with a gaggle close to the front of the race. I almost sank out twice and the second leg put both Brian and I on the deck. Bruce did very well and made it half way throught the third leg of the triangle course.
Drifting downwind to get the lay of the land I crossed these (I think they are slat ponds).
I also crossed this mine that looks like some kind of volcanic crater.
I landed just the other side of the Sacaton mountains.
Then I wondered around in the desert and took a few pictures. It is late spring here.
If you cover up the right half of this stump you can see a german shepherd.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
You can just make out Lake Tahoe in the top right of the picture. Launch is middle left.Looking south east - not much out that way.
Stagecoach dry lake bed, race track and runway.
Towards the end of the flight around Silversprings Bruce caught up to me, while I was waiting for Gerry.
We lucked into some really boaty air and stopped to take more pictures.
This is silver springs lake, there was a convergence cloud right over it. We both just followed that straight across the middle of the lake at abou 11k. My camelback froze.
Fallon was the next goal, and it seemed we had it on glide. The air was still very bouyant and so more pictures.
Fallon has a large Naval Airforce Base, it important to stay out of the airspace around it.
Our Goal was to be the Municiple airport. We could have gone farther but hadn't planned for a driver so we landed there for 60 miles. Not quite sure how I came 2nd and Bruce came first,
but since it was all for fun (and an evil knivel dvd) I only drunkly protested a little.
There were cold drinks and snacks in fridge there. Sweet.
Bruce landing on the asphalt, and necessarily nailing the flare. Wayne came to the rescue and retreived us. Thanks Wayne !! Gerry landed just a few miles back near Silver springs.
Later on we BBQ'd in the freezing cold and warmed up around the camp fire.
Washoe is one of my favourite campsites, it's peaceful and has an awesome moring view.
Here is slide mountain, note the low snowline and its April.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
He is Busy with his family and many housing projects. It was really good to see him and catch up with Molly who is growing up so fast.
After going out in Monterey Saturday had a slow start, but Lance and I still managed a good couple of flights at Marina for old time sake :)
Also Phil was in town from Hawaii, he used to own and run Western Hang gliders there on the beach, back when it was a sucessfull school. He taught me a few tricks.