10/26/17 Report from Ray Berger:
Lots of wind yesterday, perfect for hang gliding. 3 hours, 10 minutes. Good spectator sport for the paragliders who didn’t fly. Time for some to take hang gliding lessons so they can join in on the fun. Mark, Matt H.,George, and a couple others did fly earlier and didn’t seem to bother them except maybe landing. I was looking at one while flying and he appeared to be flying backwards. Looked like fun, forgot they can do that. Reminded me of old days when we could sit in one place and do a ferris wheel with our hangs.
Some paraglider pilot was boat towing on the Columbia when I was setting up and was skied, looked like 3000.
I eventually made it east past John Day River and farm but never got much higher than wind vanes. Mark Sanzone and Matt earlier showed the way. What a great day. Thanks Rick for keeping the spirit alive. Ray
Great day at Cliffside. I flew for 3.5 hrs from 2 to 5:30pm. Ray launched few minutes after me and landed around the same time as me. I thinks Ray got 3500ft over wind turbines with couple paragliders Mark Sanzone and maybe George. Caping by the river with Gabe tonight. Rick
The hang pilots who attended: Gabe, Kory, Neil, Alfredo and myself. Approx 6 to 12 paras
1st flight. 45mins
I launched at 12:30 after Gabe and a few paras in light conditions but there were a lot of solid thermals popping up. A number of bags and I had a great time coring up to 1800ft AGL. I headed to land after 45 mins later when I saw Alfredo arriving.
2nd flight one hour plus.
I was the last hang to launch at 5pm. Plenty of buoyant air all around with a few good thermals toward the end of the flight. Neil launched first at around 4:00pm followed by Gabe, Kory. Alfredo and l launched at around 5pm. The winds at the upper launch was about 10-13 mph east with nice ridge lifts, so most of us HGs and PGs were able to climbed 300-500 ft above launch. Alfredo and l decided to land as it was getting too dark after 6pm, overall it turned out being another great flying day for all of us. I’ll post video and pics later.