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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:34 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Saturday, December 1, 2018:
I came, I saw, I floundered ...
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... that downtube will never be the same again ...
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... Despite the landing, I enjoyed the day - it was nice to be out with some friends!


Robin, you must have one of the most positive attitudes in hang gliding or paragliding!!

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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:28 pm

Sunday, December 23, 2018:
Probably my last flight this year, but what a lovely day to do it in. Bill Cummings and I headed for Dry Canyon launch about 10:00 am today. The skies were clear and temperature about 65 F when I launched at 2:00 pm in Juan Mira's Vision Mark IV. (Yes, he said I could use it!) Bill decided to be driver again today. We had a spectator in the person of Dalton, who was scouting for barbary sheep and was just as pleased to watch something new in his experience. Winds were light, and so were the thermals I encountered after making a good, straight launch. Bill advised, after my first set of S-turns, "OK, head for the LZ." Which I did. Every now and then I hit some bits of lift, some big enough to turn in but none big enough to gain in. My Christmas gift this year was clearing the power lines on Scenic Drive, which I did at 100 ft AGL. I then set up a south approach into the bailout LZ on Fairgrounds, and put it down perfectly despite getting popped up in the last couple of seconds. That Vision Mark IV is a sweet glider, and it parachutes down very nicely. Bill pulled up as I was just rolling up the sail, and we had it all packed and loaded a few minutes later. We stopped at Caliche's for a root beer float and Dr. Pepper, and then on to Casa de Cummings, where Bill can return to the home renovations that make any hang gliding day look worthwhile - even driving! I suspect today might have been a dream for PG's, but a little on the light side for good HG soaring. I was glad we went there, though - a warm winter day at Dry Canyon is a pleasure just to be walking around in.
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:49 pm

RobinHastings wrote:Sunday, December 23, 2018:
Probably my last flight this year, but what a lovely day to do it in. Bill Cummings and I headed for Dry Canyon launch about 10:00 am today. The skies were clear and temperature about 65 F when I launched at 2:00 pm in Juan Mira's Vision Mark IV. (Yes, he said I could use it!) Bill decided to be driver again today. We had a spectator in the person of Dalton, who was scouting for barbary sheep and was just as pleased to watch something new in his experience. Winds were light, and so were the thermals I encountered after making a good, straight launch. Bill advised, after my first set of S-turns, "OK, head for the LZ." Which I did. Every now and then I hit some bits of lift, some big enough to turn in but none big enough to gain in. My Christmas gift this year was clearing the power lines on Scenic Drive, which I did at 100 ft AGL. I then set up a south approach into the bailout LZ on Fairgrounds, and put it down perfectly despite getting popped up in the last couple of seconds. That Vision Mark IV is a sweet glider, and it parachutes down very nicely. Bill pulled up as I was just rolling up the sail, and we had it all packed and loaded a few minutes later. We stopped at Caliche's for a root beer float and Dr. Pepper, and then on to Casa de Cummings, where Bill can return to the home renovations that make any hang gliding day look worthwhile - even driving! I suspect today might have been a dream for PG's, but a little on the light side for good HG soaring. I was glad we went there, though - a warm winter day at Dry Canyon is a pleasure just to be walking around in.
-Robin

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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:19 pm

I gotta stop making such dramatic flights! Something with some altitude would be a pleasant change... Thanks for a very instructive video, Bill!
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby Bob Kuczewski » Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:44 am

Good flight Robin!!!

Good choices along the way, and a good landing in the best LZ available.

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I've noticed that too!!!      :srofl:
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:36 pm

December 30, 2018
Nancy and I drove up to see our friends in High Rolls today. We stopped on the way up Hwy 82 for some photos. Hey, we might not be driving up to Dry Canyon launch for a week or two...
-Robin

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Dry Canyon seen from the north side - Hwy 82 turnoff.
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Fire danger? Not a problem...
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby Bill Cummings » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:28 pm

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