Tuesday, June 25, 2013


No flying - friends abound.

Without question the weather has played her hand with a Royal Flush. There will be no beating her in the showdown. The only wise move is to fold and wait for the next hand. In the mean time as the hand plays out we sit at the table and banter about with good friends, old friends and new friends. It can be a bit much for some but they will go to the hills to hide for a while or retreat to their tents and chill. But after a while a bit of boredom sets in and they reemerge to take sustenance and conversation.

Yesterday I found myself in the Crash Pad space for the first time. A lovely dal energy: flowers and mint, so many birds, humming, song, scavenger. Matt and I  had our mind meld moment for mutual downloads and then moved to the eating. When you are invited to eat Nepalese from the hand of Matt Cone please do not say no or you will miss a wonderful experience. Thanks good friend for the food.
Back home in the Sam and Roxanne's luxury motor home mutual mentoring, story telling and poking fun continues through the morning in anticipation of Tai food for lunch.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Rat Race - Arrival

The weather is great and we are rocking it out. - but Whooooh - hang on - First day on the hill and a bit of carnage. - One tree rescue, minor with a hungdog pilot realizing his special launch skills, and a second who took a very very big tumble/attempt to fly without having a fully loaded wing - off North Launch. He flew off Woodrat in the end but via Helicopter. (He is doing well and is expected back to fly by the weekend, we will see.)  Details will appear but as my local friends are saying - Whooooh slow it down and get back to the basics. - Preflight check, weather and check your mental state.

Are you ready to fly????
Make sure

Monday, June 17, 2013

Rat Race - It is comming - Early Weather

I'm leaving here on Wednesday

It is almost here. The Rat starts at the end of the week and based on initial weather projections we should have some great flying. - Monday looks like it might be a little soggy but the long range forecast shows clearing.

For those thinking about going down a day or two early Wednesday looks like wet and cloudy but Thursday will be a fly day.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and blogging it up.  I missed Dunlap so this is my week for swinging in the sky with the crew.  Good luck and thank you to all the volunteers. Thanks in advance.


Thursday, May 9, 2013

Baldy spring begins

Eastern Washington has turned on. The season is here. - Mer, Dave and others have been rocking it. - Monday Tue and Wed. No question Wheels took the ring.:
Not that anyone is watching.
Today we had a crew of 4 with two support at Baldy and at least 2 or 3 at Chelan Wednesday. - Top of lift 10,500 at Chelan and 8,500 or better off Baldy.

 At Baldy I launched at quarter to 2 and found very disorganized thermals to 4,500. It was so challenging to find a clean climb that I pushed to the N lz hopping for clean climb but found nothing and had to go for a re-launch. By then Jeff Speer, Conrad, and Frank were in route. - One at Menastash, one at the Boylstons and one pushing toward Quincy. Nice flight Frank. 

I tried a N line and pinched out on the NE tip of the Pocket. http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/750845-
Nice flight and all - good day had by all - - A little video as a flight/conditions report: 4.5 minutes for two 360s. I know you should make them in 16 seconds, but....  well you will see: http://youtu.be/Ja1anJLTLcQ

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quick post to introduce a couple of videos.

Monarca 2013. - Great flying - great first 3 days but 4th day was a high pressure day and I didn't get lucky.
Anyway -
1. Jeff Smith reserve ride
2. Goal made day 3
3. Low save and climb at el Pinon - with cloud surfing.