|Lots of snow still at launch!
Alex reached launch first, ditched his bag, and returned to schlep my bag the last 20 minutes or so. Sometimes a boyfriend is handy :) Up on launch there's still tonnes of snow which makes it really nice for launching (and top-landing) this time of year...no mud or twigs to worry about.
Quite strong cycles coming through but nice lulls too; Al launched first and was immediately away. I was second and over launch soon afterwards. Got my highest over Shotgun 1888m (the CYA limit is 1980m) and the winds were kinda funky...north at that altitude, but west lower down, and south once you got below peak heights.
|Alex over Shotgun.
After exploring Shotgun, McKay, and other points to the north, I flew south over the powerline valley and found the south wind. Easy flying to Dewdney where the wind gusts on Hatzic Lake looked 15-20 kph; Alex turned back and landed at Durieu School where it was much less (the further north you go and out of the FV flow, the less wind...usually). The rest of us followed suit and were packing up by 7pm and then it was time to retrieve the truck.
More pics of the day here.
A beautiful day and nice to fly a different site and in a different air mass.