Progressing at the Rat Race

Today I progressed: I only had to get 1,000′ over before I crossed the valley to the first turn point!  The strong head winds made it difficult to make the next turn point so I chose rather to see how fast these winds would push me: 37 m.p.h.!  I made it up an unknown valley at great speed. See it all here. Videos will come later with better up load speed.

 

Struggling at Rat Race!

I have had 4 days of flying at the Rat Race.  It has been a very educational and exciting place to be.  I made goal twice missing a few way points.

Yesterday I got 2,000′ over launch twice but the valley winds and extreme sink prevented me from making the valley crossing.

My glide ratio into the valley was only 2/1! Video to come latter with better up load speed.

Memorial Monday?

Several pilots—Robert & Jeff– had their best flights ever on Sunday!

My son Misha had his first thermal flight.  I stayed aloft watching all this.

Will Monday be as memorable?  Regional weather map show high pressure and clear skies with a Canadian Cold Front to the north—-strong NE flow later today?  The local forecast calls for NE flow all day long.  Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—800’/min starting at 11:30 AM but over development at 3PM!

NBR is light and variable early.

Sunday is sunny again!

After several days of wet weather, it looks like sunshine has returned!

Regional map shows clear skies and high pressure dominate. Local forecast shows easterly winds by noon but I see bright sunshine on the hill and expect up slope flow to start sooner.  Pressure difference is -.15″ so it and NBR is showing lift and variable winds. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent starting at 8:45AM getting to 800’/min with no over development! I will start hiking at 9AM.

 

Sunday looks sunny & clear!

Regional weather mapshows clear skies and high pressure. Local weather forecast showing easterly winds till 3PM.  Winds aloft are light at (K & 12K!  Snow has mostly melted from the hill. Thermal soaring forecast is good—643’/min starting at 11:30AM with over development at 3PM!
Looks like a short day!

NBR is showing light up slope early!

I will start hiking at 9AM!

Fast Friday & short Saturday!

Friday started late after CU graduation.  Bob & I took off at 5PM and experienced a strong glass off!   Staying up was easy and I climbed to 1,800′ over in a few minutes.  The lift was so abundant and winds so strong  out of the south that I decided to see how far the magic air would push me as flew along H93 towards Lyons: 4.7 miles!

See my Doarama

Saturday looks short;  Regional weather map shows approaching NW Cold Front!

Local weather forecast  shows westerly winds by noon and strong westerly winds this PM!  Pressure difference -.03″ and barometric pressure dropping.  NOAA weather forecast calling for westerly winds this PM.

Thermal Soaring Forecast is excellent—1,300’/min starting at 10:45AM with no over development.  Winds aloft are high!

 

 

 

Sunday as good as Saturday?

Saturday started very slow and I had the first soaring flight launching at 12:40 PM!

The lift was scattered and I could only climb to 500′ above launch in 21 minutes!

Here is my track log.

I should have been more patient as several pilots launching later made it to Lyons!

Sunday looks cloudier.  Weather map shows cloudy conditionsEasterly winds this AM but strong westerly winds late afternoon! Reporting 10% chance of thunderstorms.

Thermal soaring forecast is good—700’/min— but short today not starting until 12AM and thunderstorms by 3PM!

Winds aloft are low.

NBR is showing light winds.