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.

 

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