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Kite to fly

Monday, July 14th, 2014 at 3:20 pm Written by:

At some point I’ll have some more interesting things for reading about, but at the moment all I’ve got are fun things for me.

This includes another semi-successful quick kite surfing lesson in very light winds where we learnt how to do an emergency pack down of the kite.

Then I hang-glided on two consecutive days. Thursday was overcast. I flew around for three hours mostly alone not far above the ridge. Just filling in airtime.

And then Friday was no wind. Everyone was standing around in the sunshine and gassing to one another. I’ve seen this story before. Pretty soon there’s going to be one big thermal and lots of wind. People are going to let it pass, then get ready and wait for the next one… and there won’t be a next one.

This has happened to me about half a dozen times.

I don’t care how hot it is. I got ready and on the front to take my chance. I’m not afraid to go down if I get it wrong. It’s better than having to pack up at the end of the day having not flown. And for once I got it just right!

Except of course I glided straight back down and walked back to the hill for 8 miles until one of the other glider’s cars found me and picked me up. I’ve now ordered a copy of 50k or bust to tell me what to do next.

I’ve trouble enough keeping my logbook up to date, so here is a page from it with names of the guilty removed.

Now I’ve got a week of potentially doing useful stuff before going to CUCC Expo in Austria.

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