Monday, January 05, 2015
Matt flew first, after having hiked up with a friend. Don, Jayson and I flew next, thermaling up to three grand and connecting dots between the drop zone and the point.
For a brief period early on, the flow seemed to veer super east, right about the time poor Don was trying to scratch his way up. He retreated downwind to the end of the meadow and got super low before finally clawing his way up just in time for the direction to get sorted again.
Jayson had an exciting moment thermaling low at the end of the point, when he got a little too far behind his thermal and encountered some rotor on the backside. I was afraid he’d be landing on the other side, which didn’t look fun based on all the cats paws on the ocean over there. But fortunately he was able to push his way back to the front.
But those guys had to land after a couple of hours, leaving me to seek my cross country fortune alone. I thermaled my way all the way out to the monastery at the foot of Mt. Kaala, almost as far as I’ve ever been, and considered going farther, but I was worried about retrieve logistics, so I turned back while I still had some height to play with. Meanwhile Thom and Drew hiked up and flew the last couple of hours with me as the sun set behind the point.
What an exceptional day out there. Many thanks to Drew for the refreshments!
Posted by Alex at 11:59 PM