Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday's conditions seemed tailor made for the trip from Kahana to Makapuu. Thom, Joey, Woody and I all worked our way up at Kahana in super light thermic flow, and then headed across the bay and benched up to cloudbase at Kaaawa. The wind was nice and northeast, not too strong, and the clouds were just above the peaks on the range. Thom blazed to the Pyramid first, and I followed. Joey and Woody opted to stay in the foothills.
A large cloud bank hoovered us up and we scattered to clear air. I flew diagonally towards the back of Waiahole while Thom shot straight back behind the Pyramid. I found the air in the back to be a lot stronger than I'd hoped. It turns out the northeast flow was building. Dave was egging us on from Makapuu but even he had to admit that it was pretty strong. Thom had an exciting moment as he got sucked up and whited out momentarily near the ridge line, trying to do the math on his compass, but he managed to squeak out from there, and landed a while later at Hygienics. I reached the jumping off point at the end of Temple Valley and decided not to press my luck with the windspeed. I tried to make my way back but came in short at the foot of the Pyramid, and landed at MDKS. Thanks to HG Kenny for the ride back. When we got back the wind was quite strong and even more north. Drew enjoyed a quick flight in the brisk north conditions and then joined us at the LZ for some celebrating and debriefing.
Posted by Alex at 9:21 AM