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.
Saturday was very strong. Northerly winds were forecast so about 10 of us launched from the drop off site about 11:20AM. I and most pilots were able to quickly climb up and I hit peak climbs of 1,330’/min and sustained climbs of 740’/min! After 31 minutes of rock and roll I decided to fly out and land. My Dorama.
Others stuck with the active air and several made it all the way to Colorado Springs! Good job cowboys—-new site record?
Sunday looks softer. Regional weather map shows clear skies and high pressure. Boulder Airport shows easterly winds all day. Thermal soaring forecast is good at 785’/min starting already at 9AM! No over development forecast. A softer day?
Regional weather map shows clear skies and post frontal conditions. Local forecast calls for NE winds all day. NOAA weather radio calling for northerly winds this PM. Winds aloft are light.
Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—922’/min starting at 10:45AM with no over development forecast!
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.
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!
Regional weather map shows stationary front of area.
Local weather forecast call for increasing winds from SE.
Pressure Difference: 0.04 in (Boulder-Eagle)
WInds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast has not been update but looks great!
NBR already showing SE flow early.
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 is starting much better then overcast and rain early Saturday but Saturday started very cloudy but ended up soarable to almost till 6PM!
I launched late at 3:45PM from the drop off site but found abundant lift as seem by my Doarama.
I was able to climb almost 2,000′ over and boat around for 40 minutes and in fact searching for sink to land!
Sunday starts less cloudy. Thermal soaring forecast is much better as good starting at 11AM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day.
I have several pilots working on their ground handling skills this AM in the park getting ready for intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction starting next Sunday but perhaps I will get another soaring flight in the PM?
Saturday’s thermal soaring forecast is fair–243’/min—but I see clear skies and sun. I hope thermals to be stronger after 11AM and no over development is forecast.
Winds aloft are light and NBR is already showing easterly flow. Looks like a good spring day for flying.
Last Saturday saw many soaring flights. Several flew north towards Lyons and beyond!
I floated around for 1/2 hour but never got more than 700′ above launch. My video and GPS track are here.
This Saturday looks fair. Skies are clear and high pressure. Local forecast shows light easterly winds. Thermal soaring forecast is poor—-177’/min!
Air is starting cold—30 degrees—and lost of sun so things may change?
I am planning an intense P1/P2 course May 1-8th in Grand Junction for pilots want to earn their pilot ratings.