Too much north wind at Woodside...only Al and Alex got away before it started blowing over the back, and they got as far as Durieu School before landing.
|Heading for Cheam after getting to 2400m at the Butterfly|
It was a bit rough right over launch, but once higher it smoothed out and I was able to climb right out to Archibald in that one climb. With such high climbs my goal for the day was to fly over Cheam since that opportunity doesn't happen that often, so I headed east.
|Coming up to the cornices on Cheam|
Not quite able to get above the summit at Cheam itself; the best lift actually seemed to be closer to the Butterfly or Ludwig, where we were getting 2400m. Using such altitude, Peter pushed into Laidlaw before returning, and Alex pushed on Barr Mountain before returning as well. Meanwhile Kevin and I had returned to Cheam for try #2, and we got a bit closer, but still no cigar!
Alex joined us and then, instead of trying to thermal up and glide over Cheam, we decided to try ridge soaring up the north side and get over the peak that way. In the end that didn't work (getting over the summit I mean), but we were able to ridge soar *really* close for 15-20 minutes in very light north wind, practically scraping our gliders against the snow, the lift was so smooth.
|Kevin's new D2|
The wind finally died off and we were ultimately denied the summit (it seems on the best altitude days, the best altitude is actually *not* at the summit, but elsewhere!). But the soaring of the north face was very satisfying and we weren't done yet! Off to Elk for some very-late evening soaring and it was photo time of Kevin's new Delta2.
|It's getting dark...time to land!|