I had missed the good XC day last week but I wasn't about to miss another one so soon!
SE wind up high which is an unusual direction for the Fraser Valley, and it made the crossing over to Sasquatch a bit easier than usual. In fact, after the climb out over Sasquatch, it was quite easy getting to Dewdney, and I was having to pull out of climbs around 1700m just to give myself a buffer with the overlying airspace.
|Crossing back to Woodside in rare SE conditions.|
A group had decided to continue up to Benedict but I was thinking the return might be a bit challenging with the SE wind, and the clouds were getting a bit spread out in the area and giving large areas of shade. Arriving back at Woodside it was definitely more lee side than when I left, and I ended up climbing out over Riverside and the Fraser River.
|Dressing warm for cold April flying!|
I thought about landing but decided to do a lap to Agassiz Mountain and back; Peter and Vlad continued to Bear where it wasn't that great so I was happy to turn around at Agassiz and head back to Riverside.
|The sandbars are exposed this time of year which is nice if you have to land out.|
By the end of the day it was definitely over-the-back conditions and pilots were getting super-high as is typical in outflow conditions. 65 km out-and-return which is not too shabby for my first FV XC this year!