Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wilderness. Pure hang gliding pleasure...

This is a pic of Jeremy enjoying himself over the Kaaimans river mouth.

I bet this must be getting a bit borring - another day in perfect Wilderness (Paradise!) But I am compelled to share. ;) We had a session on the training dunes first where Brett had another couple of runs in the hang glider (he is def starting to get the feel for this thing). Then the South Easter started to push hard and I was worried that it might get too strong at the Map for the other two enterpret pilots, so we left early. Of course I needn’t have worried. The Map was perfect – not a dangler in sight – and it remained so all day. :)

Devon and Jeremy where up for it and soon they were climbing in the good lift. They pigged out on the great conditions having skies all to themselves. They did multiple runs to over the Wilderness village. After an hour they had enough and both did perfect landings on the beach. It really is so easy to get ample airtime around here…

Jeremy turning over our landing area..

Wish you where here! :)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wilderness for hang gliding is number one.

Training and learning to fly a hang glider in these conditions is so easy. It has made life for a hang glider pilot an absolute pleasure. Months and even years of hard sweat and slogging it out are done in a matter of days and progress in the art of hang gliding is made easy. To learn to fly a hang glider, there is only one place - Wilderness. (Maybe the school and guidance has something to do with it too... ;) A few pics of the flying today at Gerrickes. Once again there was not a dangler in sight. Oh such sweet pleasure..!

This is Jeremy having a blast at our famous super-up-rocket-no-ways-going-down-Gerrickes point. Pics just after launch with Pete and myself as wiremen looking on (up!) in envy! (Anthoni is just out of view - he was one of the wiremen).

And later the rewards of classic Gerrickes flying for hang gliders - soaring above the orographic cloud with views second to none... In the back ground you can see Anthoni Divaris on his Wills Wing Sport2. To think that Jeremy was right up there and that after just 8 days of training. This place rocks! :))))

Wish you where here! :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 - Hang gliding training report

Paradise Ridge Paradise Ridge! It has been rocking for two days solid now. Warm, sunny weather, endless white sandy beaches, blue ocean and a ridge that runs until it disappears! (well when it is a little misty anyway! ;) But this is the kind of training conditions any student dreams of and Jeremy has made good use of it. Of course I always have the privilege of flying the glider down first flight but not before I go for a quick sortie down the ridge. It is always a challenge to scratch up from the 60ft sand dune, gliding along it like a sea gull, eking out the light lift before getting onto the steeper and taller sections. Here the dependable Paradise lift rockets one up in even the lightest of winds. It is just so cool.

Jeremy has been making steady progress the last few days and as luck would have it the conditions just turned on right. An extra bit of a breeze and on only his 5th day of training he pops up onto Paradise ridge for a half an hour soaring flight. It was not that easy. He flew like a star in the beginning, just at the right speed to make it onto the steeper part of the ridge before climbing to about 500ft for a relaxing first soaring flight. Well done Jeremy! We will do some more tomorrow.


this is Jeremy over the training dunes with the Paradise ridge disappearing into the distance in the back ground.

PS: Dirk just called. He did 140km in Porterville today landing other side of Klawer. Apparently it was a very difficult day with many pilots landing because it was too rough or they just didnot want to saty up. This is his first 100km straight line flight. Good one Dirk! It would be great to hear your story! :))))

We love summer! Wish you were here!