Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 1 Complete

Well, with the difficult weather we had to work with, today's task was changed to the alternate task of a 2.5 hour modified assigned task (MAT) with Pole Mountain and Chalk Hollow as the first 2 turns. It was tough getting up at the start. Once on course, gliders were seen to be operating everywhere from 7,000 to 10,000 MSL, all of which is very low for Parowan, which sits at 5,930, so yeah, 7,000 isn't very high! Rock polishing was the order of the day for some. The run to Pole Mtn. was mostly gaggle flying in two main routes. Once there, the decision was whether to head out into the valley at Beaver or to pick your way around via the high ground. Chalk Hollow brought another decision. Many opted to head straight home at this point. Others tried to add mileage.

We did have a number of landouts. One friend of ours suffered the wrath of a farmer and his sons, who tried to demand payment for access to their field. They said they had a bad experience with a glider landing there a couple of years ago (or were just nutty, I don't know). So remember, be nice to the farmers!

Oh, did I mention that it was entirely blue today? Yes, it was. It was also a few degrees cooler than yesterday.

More soon,

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