Friday evening: 1 hour of bliss!

Friday evening was an illusive glass off at North Boulder. Launch conditions at 4:40 PM were so light I feared having to do a forward launch but this was better than walking down. One descending pass across the hill showed me that thermalling was my only hope to get up so I headed out towards the park. Encountering light lift I started big wide 360’s.  After 12 painstakingly slow 360’s I had climbed to ridge level in much drift and little lift and realized I had stumbled upon glass off conditions!

Here is adoarama of my flight.

In the 1 hour 1 min flight I climbed 1,400′ above launch but my top sustained climb rate was only  530’/min! My vario calculated wind speed from east at 15 miles/hour and my top ground speed was 37 miles/hour towards the west.

This was one the flights I will treasure in my long flying career—-29 years—smooth buoyant air over over Boulder near sunset. Conditions were so smooth that I flew the end with my brake handles dangling from the risers.

Saturday looks similar with smoke haze present.  Easterly flow expected Saturday and westerly all day Sunday.

Thermal soaring forecast is good for Saturday.

800’/min starting at 11:30AM but over development by 4PM! starting a bit cloudy this am so midday best?

Remember we have an upcoming Ridge Soaring Clinic in Grand Junction October 4—7th for some more smooth ridge soaring an if you have friends that want to get into this amazing sport an accelerated P1/P2 September 30—October 7th. I have intermediate Ozone Rush 5’s available for demo.

 

Another 3 hours & 35 miles for Misha!

On Wednesday tired from a  bicycle ride in the hot sun, I transported Lex, Johannes, Misha, Adriann, and Mike to the south launch at North Boulder. Lex, Misha & Johannes flew to NCAR where Lex and Johannes landed and Misha decided to continue south. Reaching Golden—20 miles—with 10,000 feet under him, Misha decided to head back to Boulder on his Ozone Rush 5 and in less than 1 hour make it to Eldorado Springs where he landed and walked to an apartment where he was staying. Hard to calculate exact distance due to return but it looks like another 35 mile flight and 3 hours to add to his log book—-69 miles and 6:30 this week on his new Rush 5!

Follow his 5th flight on the Rush 5  here.

 

Sunday looks good!

Regional weather map shows clear skies high pressure. Local forecast shows easterly winds most of the day.  Winds aloft have not been updated yet but Sugarloaf and Ward are showing light winds.

Thermal soaring forecast is good—500’/min—starting at 12:30AM with no over development!

I will be helping  P0’s on their ground handling at 10AM.  Accelerated P1/P2 Course in Grand Junction starts in 2 weeks and Ridge Soaring Clinic thereafter.

Sunday and the jet stream moving south

On Friday several of us wanted to get a flight in before Saturdays west winds.  It was good: Thermalling on Friday.

Saturdays strong west winds show that jet stream has moved south and strong westerly winds are closer. I believe to fly  this time of year without checking winds aloft at 9K and 12K is irresponsible.  See yet stream.  See winds aloft.

Sunday’s weather map shows clear skies with High to west and Low to east negative pressure gradient of -.35″!   Local forecast shows light west winds till noon but sunny skies should start up slope flow earlier. NBR showing light and variable winds early. Thermal soaring forecast is fair—300’/min starting at 1:45 with no over development but remember it was also fair on Friday when I climbed at 600’/min.  Winds aloft have not been updated yet but Sugar Loaf is reporting light winds.

Slow Saturday?

Regional weather map shows cloudy skies moving away from area. Looks like clear skies to west.   Thermal soaring forecast is only good—400’/min—because of high level clouds?  No over development forecast so perhaps conditions will improve later.

Posted my flight at the Cove in Utah—wish we had a 2,000′ vertical drive up site for mornings like today.http://parasoftparagliding.com/parashop/parasoft-used-wings/

Also have a Ozone Rush and Swift 4 on my used paraglider page. Let me know if you want to demo them.

Saturday looks catabatic!

Regional weather map cloudy conditions over area. Local forecast calls for westerly winds all day. Pressure gradient -.05″ and NBR showing west winds.

NOAA weather radio calling for strong west winds by time things heat up.

Winds aloft very high—31 m.p.h. at 9K!

Hope Sunday will be as Thursday was when several of us caught thermals and soared!

3 pilots signed up for Tapalpa, Mexico