Flight Logs

Where and when we've been flying

The day started with a debate on where to go,will it be West or North west ...so we decide on Mountbenger. Arrived at the bottom around  midday and we could see various crows and buzzards playing about so a quick nip up to the top to find a nice breeze with definite cycles.

  The wind was coming up the west face of the bowl and felt nice so I launched to find very nice conditions. I could not resist a few low level pass's in the still deep snow along the top of the bowl before getting more serious and actually using the constant feed of thermals, turning and more turning and we have some height now. Rob Dave and Dudley are all in the game now. We are nice and high about 1000ft above the hill and are checking out the NW face and it's giving. 

   I get to the point of dribbling over the back and take my time staying in the lift with Rob we get close to 4000ft and slowly slowly cross the yarrow valley. I arrive high above Rough knowe and find another climb so I top up with this and set of down the valley looking way down on Witchy and have my sights on Fastheugh. Still lots of height but it's not as good as it was but I arrive with spare on the big face of Fastheugh. I soar for a bit but it's not really working right so I land on top. Rob arrives shortly after. 

  We drink tea and talk about the wonderful little flight we have just experienced, not very far but we were in the air for a while and the views were something else and in an area we know well.

  We fly down and Dudley comes to retrieve us. Epic.

Stupid cheap weather. Stupid cheap winter. Looked like a window of opportunity to fly at bridgend. South westish in the morning going to east North east by 3pm. Expectation was set quite low but seemed like a nice day for a walk anyway.

Around a week ago DaveH had decided he still had 3 days leave to take therefore it would be flyable this week!!  Tuesday night saw the usual round of group emails determining where would be best to fly, Fred decided on Balquhidder braes and Dave decided the Borders would make for easier logistics.  I'd decided it was going to be too light but Wednesday saw a quick call to Tommy who suggested Jubilee Cairn. (note to self - must have more will power)

It's always a good idea to repack your reserve parachute(s) once a year. Some manufacturers recommend even a 6 month repack but not sure how often that happens! As it's rarely flyable at the start of February we got the Walkerburn village hall booked and started to put some plans in place for a wingbeat repack.

After an early warning from Dudley, Fred put an email on the group saying that Bishops looked possible on Saturday. Unfortunately my daughter was in the lego robot heats, so I could not make it. Only kidding. I made it clear to the buggers that if it was a flying day, I was going flying. Best to get that one out of the way early and don't let them get any funny ideas. 

And so it begins. Meeting up at the AA box beside St Marys loch at the Megget junction for 9.45am.

The night before had me weighing kit. I wanted no extra weight as its a fair walk up onto the tops.