Between cloud cover and smoke from the fires on the west side of the Sierras, it made for dramatic views of the sky but not dramatic flying. Most of us got at least a couple 20-30 minute flights and Andrew got one cross country flight of just over an hour. We flew at the Paiute and Flynn sites. Thermals were not the best (small with sharp edges) but I must be getting somewhat more comfortable in the air as I didn't find them too bad and stuck with it for longer than I normally do.
Regardless of conditions, we got some instruction from Kari Castle (multiple-time world and national champion in both hang gliding and paragliding as well as numerous other records) and we were with a fun group of people!
|David was our fearless driver. The photo doesn't do it justice but serious skill is needed to navigate|
the rocky, twisty, steep road up to (and down from) the Paiute launch.
|Checking out the conditions on launch. |
|Nice torpedo position on launch, Russ!|
|Kari and Cookie in the air.|
|A pilot from another group -- but I liked the photo!|
|Andrew in the air. Paiute LZ is lighter coloured area in bottom right of photo.|
|Andrew . . . and my wing tip.|
|I want to be like Cookie when I grow up. She's 74 years young! :-) |
This tandem pilot was doing wingovers on approach to landing at Paiute.
Note: Pilot was Dave Turner of "North of Known" fame.
|Hanging out in the Flynn's LZ, waiting for the last pilot to land.|
|Kari has several large rocks in her yard and wanted this one |
but we all decided it was just too big and heavy!
|Andrew practicing the art of kiting upside down |
in order to get dirt and sand out of the wings before packing them up for the trip home.
|Beautiful evening light from Flynn's LZ.|