Arrived at the Moorfoots courtesy of GED.

  Other pilots were already there with a few other cars arriving.  They all went for the face at the carpark. 

  GED , Michael and myself walked in to the usual face along the ridge.

  We observed one glider launch from the east and it was clearly gale hanging. 

  By the time we were on launch the wind felt fine so I launched into nice smooth conditions from the NNW.

  I stayed around for a few minutes to check it out then made my move along the ridge with Michael in hot pursuit .

   I was doing fine and was almost at the far end when I felt the wind drop of so I top landed.  I could see Michael had landed further back down the ridge so I waited for a bit more breeze before flying back to join him.

  We waited looking back to the East and could see gliders flying at the cars. It looked like a long walk...

   5 min later the wind was back and we launched and continued to the west end playing around.

 I had a suspicious feeling things were going to drop off again so I blasted back passing a few doomed gliders that were in the bottom.  But I was hanging on and without touching the brakes at all made it back to the car.

  The last km was low and fast no brakes over the top of the quarry legs out ready in case the glider decided to land .

  I was pretty chuffed to make it back. 

   Good day out.



Wow! What an incredible day out! What a totally crazy and surreal sport!! How is it even possible?!?

Esteemed Wingbeaters Dudley, Rob, Tommy, Fred, Jamie, Simon and some novice newbie to the sport called Michael (me) headed to Glencoe for what turned out to be a stunning day in the azure blue skies above Rannoch Moor. Conditions were amazing with lift to be found all over the place.

The Famous Five go thermalling …

Wingbeaters Tommy, Dudley, Rob, Ruth and Graham convened for a late afternoon/evening session at the Bridgend site. Ruth and Graham already heady from a Ranger led tour of the delights of the Ettrick Swamps. What a place and highly recommended.

I had it in my mind to fly today and had the kit ready to go . I decided to stay local and thought about Craighill.  Nice and local , but the South wind forecast told me to go to Witchie. 

  I hung around waiting at the house trying to do odd jobs watching the day development. 

  No wind. So I almost started to creosote the shed , I even changed my t shirt .