Flight Logs

Where and when we've been flying

Strange strange day. Ended up making an early afternoon dash to Witchie when skies suddenly brightened and wind backed towards south. Only short-lived and back to westerlies with big cloud build up threatening rain as I passed Benger. Arrived at Witchie just after Gerald & Garry, and breeze was back to nice and straight onto the south face. Hmmm.

First clues came with ground handling - not a day for sleeping, easy to get yanked vertically way up in the air. Wing overhead it was desperate to fly (more then me!) so I followed it and got a real rock and roll ride. Quite good fun really but pretty tasty and some really stong pockets of lift at times. Best lift was right in front and over take off and had fun scraping and scratching across to the SW bowl and back with no real lift along the way.

Graham arrived with Ruth who was hoping for a tandem, so I flew back to land and just couldn't get down as it was so lifty. Big ears, (small) wingovers, turning away from lift - nothing got my feet back on ground until I tried a combination of all three and even then it was a struggle. I had noticed it getting stronger and sure enough as the clouds arrived the winds picked up and put us all on the ground - and that was the pattern for the rest of the day: strong gusty conditions as the clouds rolled through followed by very short windows of flyable opportunity.

So a short flying day but a grand day out all the same.

We just had a big club day out on Mountbenger. After some initial concerns about wind direction/speed we got some unexpectedly good conditions for mid-October.

A second trip to Singlie in a week and it didn't disappoint.

Plenty of lift and easy to push well out front, although quite lumpy in places. Good fun but not relaxing flying.

This site is quickly becoming one of my favourites - it just hoovers up the lift from the valley.

Forecasts have been a bit all over the place recently and difficult to predict the good days. Funny though, I always think a good day may turn out less good, but never consider the reverse that a bad day might be much less bad and even good.Yesterday at Singlie we got the latter, and were rewarded with over an hour of surprisingly lifty conditions that let us have a right good explore of this new (for us) site.

A plan was hatched to do this ridge run the night before. Forecast suggested a fairly strong wind and I was taken aback at the amount of wind blowing up the valley at 8.30 am to the point of holding back for a while.

Arrived at Witchy around 3 pm to find Chris and Fred, Fred was packing up as he had an appointment, I could tell he was not fully commited to leaving but he had been flying.