It was pretty quiet on launch but Matty and Roger were already in the air and heading south...Matty was planning on flying to Tiger but we shortly afterwards heard him saying he had landed and was on his way back to Blanchard for another flight.
Despite the nice-looking clouds locally, it wasn't an easy climbout. The good clouds were actually set quite far back, over Oyster Dome, and I decided to bail on my original plan to try to fly to the Skagit airport to the south, over the flats, which usually needs some clouds closer to the coast for that route to work.
|Flying over Lake Whatcom. Alex took the northern route; I took the southern route. Photo by Alex Raymont.|
Alex and I took different lines over Lake Whatcom...Alex went north while I went south. I chose the south route since it gets you to the steeper slopes on the other side, but with less fields to bail out into on the extreme south end of the lake, and I wasn't sure about the more shallow slopes to the northern end of the lake. Alex's route to the north put him on the flatter slopes but there are more LZ's to choose from if you don't make it up.
|Over BJ, looking back at the route from Blanchard.|
|Toplanding in the cutblock above BJ launch.|
Meanwhile over in the Fraser Valley it was reportedly quite windy and raining and definitely not flyable, so I think it was a good choice to pick the coast for an earlier flight and stay away from the FV which can act as a firehose on strong wind days.
43 km flight from Blanchard to BJ.