|Christine setting up with the fire in the background.|
Anyways, the east wind meant the rim was lame and many pilots arrived low and ended up scunging north...some made it high enough to jump the powerlines while others (me included!) never got high enough for the powerline jump and ended up landing in either Farnham or McNeil canyons. I spent over 1 hour below the rim edge, trying to get high enough to at least think about jumping back to the powerlines, but it wasn't gonna happen and eventually I got so low I had to head out to a safe LZ.
Back at HQ now and many pilots have landed out near Brewster or Bridgeport so retrieve is busy finding them. The good thing about landing next to the main road in McNeil canyon is that I got back early and was able to get 2 swims in. Silver lining and all that :)