My first time flying Pine Mt near Ojai. It's a great XC and evening glass off site. The launch is a nice cleared hill next to a good campground with only a few spots. You launch into a valley with a very small, and very shitty looking bailout down below. Fine for a Paraglider, but questionable on a topless glider. Stoked I didn't have to use it.
The idea is go get up and fly over the back into the Lockwood Valley for much better landing options. Even better is to get up and fly XC into the unknown. That was our goal. We had John, Willy, Max and myself the first day with hope of reaching the Eastern Sierra. Laura was our driver and she was up for an adventure.
Pine is on the right and this is the backside of the mountain. The peak in the far left side of the photo is Frazier Peak.
The next day it was very windy at Pine so we drive to the Elkhorn Hills. It's a small 400 foot hill. I went first, almost sank out, but finally hooked a good one. I left and went South over the Caliente Range. I crossed the Cuyama Valley but sank out and landed at a private runway called Vosburgh Airfield. John found lift near and continued on to the ranger station back at the base of Pine. Max landed a few miles from me at the school. Awesome how how John found lift to 13000 starting from a 400 foot hill.
The last day we flew Pine. I went first and almost sank out, but hooked a good one after a long struggle. I left went over the back, over to Pynos peak, then to Frazier when I hit 14000. My radio quit working and I lost contact with John who was driving for me. I decided to glide out into the Central Valley and landed about 20 miles down on highway 99 and 166. That way John and I could just head home on 166 to the coast. He arrived about 20 minutes later and we left for home. Great trip.
Posted at 11:06 AM
Mid June I had a nice two days of flying Slide in Nevada. First day I flew XC to the North East. Landed at Silver Springs Airport! The next day was challenging but fun at Slide. Lots of pilots showed up to fly. Lucy had her first soaring flight. Gerry P, Scot H also flew XC to the North East. Gerry and I both landed at the same spot. Thanks Steve G for putting us up and your neighbor Buzz for driving.
Posted at 9:48 PM
Jeff Galvin and I were setting up and dust devils were ripping at launch. It must have been a convergence as they would drift west, but launch was blowing west. It was a typical sled ride with a great view. 20 degree temp drop going through the inversion layer.
Posted at 7:49 AM
Chris, Ryan and I had great flights at the bluff. I got up to 1340 with clouds forming. Flying back in the canyon past the upper launch was easy. A pod of blue whales were off shore and I had a great time flying out over the ocean and looking down on them. I tried some beach swooping too. Just pull on the speed and get as close to the sand and then push out and get back into the lift. Very fun day.
Posted at 9:13 PM