|The snow makes launching really nice.
Up on launch there is still tonnes of snow, which makes the launching super-nice...a huge area to lay out on with no mud or sticks, and the snow also covers the boulders so you can lay out way to the east if you wanted.
|Eye of the Wind
In the air it was feeling east; cloudbase was about 1600m. We'd get bands of sun and use this to get high. At one point it got very shady and I had to go into "survival mode", hanging out over the west cliffs and their residual heat until the band of shade passed and the sun reappeared. I stayed in the air for about 1h:15min before heading out to land.
|Looking out over the city.
On the way out to the LZ we had Whistler Air fly by us in their seaplanes; they were taking the shortcut from Whistler to Vancouver Harbour via the Capilano valley and popped out right at our altitude. I saw the first one (Whistler Air sports bright yellow on their aircraft) below me but the second one was right behind and higher, so I was able to wave to the pilot as he flew by (after doing a hard spiral to show him where I was).
|Dave Merrick being patriotic.
The North Shore Paragliding tandem guys were operating in full force today; they expect this coming week to be busy for them. Lots of happy tandem passengers in the LZ this afternoon!