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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Mar 07, 2021 8:27 pm

Sunday, March 7, 2021: After some very chilly weather last month, it was a delight to be at Dry Canyon launch in a T-shirt. Now, the road is no delight - it's in terrible shape, and Finis Miller had to make several runs at it, in at least two places. (Most of it's OK - but it only takes one show-stopper.) Nevertheless, we made it to launch in an hour. Winds were southwest, 10 to 12 mph, skies were clear with some cirrus coming in, and as mentioned, the temperature was lovely. I took off at 2:55 pm MST, and immediately went up 100 feet. I worked thermals all along the ridge from there. They were strong and hard-edged today, with enough sink in between to set off my vario's alarm. But there were plenty of them, and I had no problem reaching the West Face with several hundred feet of clearance (my highest altitude today was only 7700' MSL, about 700 over launch). I hung around until I lost enough to impel me towards Cox Field, where I worked a bit more to extend the flight, then made a west approach and had a fine landing. Half an hour of airtime, and a beautiful day to get it in. I took Finis to dinner at Can't Stop Smokin', which he appreciated - after making up and then DOWN that road, he deserves anything we can give him. (We will definitely need to put in some serious work on it before we hold another Fly-In.) Anyway, in summary, this was a great way to spend a Sunday.
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Thu May 06, 2021 2:58 pm

FRIDAY, MAY 7 through SUNDAY, MAY 9:
It looks like another typical spring weekend for the Southwest - dry, warm and windy. Expect high temperatures in the upper 80's F (30 C). A slight chance of rain Friday evening, but I'm ignoring it. Winds will be southwest to west, in the 10 to 15 mph range on Friday and stronger on Saturday and maybe Sunday. If you go early, then La Luz, the Little Floridas, Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch are worth a try, through the weekend. Mag Rim looks good on Friday, too, but again, only if the winds are not too strong. You have to pick your battles carefully, this time of year. If you do fly, let me know how it goes! I'd love to hear about some airtime, even if I'm not up for it yet myself.
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