Archive for May, 2008


At last, a cracking day

May 19th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

After a disappointing weather week Saturday finally came up with some interesting conditions. The Cu was only just above take off for the morning flight, but Rob and Ian managed a flight along the valley, with Rob crossing the pass leaving Ian with a long walk out form the dead end valley just before. For […]

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Salamanca and Power Kites

May 13th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A dismal weather day with strong southerly winds. A cultural trip to Salamanca including the biltong tour…..Catholic relics of St Teresas elbow, heart and the arm in the box in the Cathedral. A big lunch in El Corrillo then frog spotting and back to Piedrahita for a bit of power kiting.

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Romeria de La Virgen de la Vega

May 12th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today was the Romeria de la Virgen de la Vega, when all the town goes 5km north of town to the hermitage where the Virgen is kept. A meal is provided by the town hall. Nice flying conditions throughout the day with base of around 2500m, good Cu development from early on, but some larger […]

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Sightseeing in Avila and Rafting in the Tormes

May 10th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Our second non flyable day. No storms but big build ups and some rain. After a morning for the group sightseeing in Avila (and a meeting for myself with the tourist board to sort out posters and maps for the competition events) we returned to Piedrahita, but with the cloud still at hill height and

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End of run of 16 consecutive days flying

May 8th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Cbs from 9am so no flying today. There were plenty of sunny spells, but the Cbs soon filled in again. Nature walks for some of the group. Myself and Jamie checked on the progress of my Warré hives in Zapata. Two which had drawn comb throughout their first box were provided with fresh boxes below. […]

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Stormy Wednesday

May 7th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A sunny start to the day, though light south easterly winds, so off to Chia. A couple of flights each in ridge and light themal lift, but always monitoring the development of the clouds. In the Valley behind (Piedrahitas valley), large congestus and Cbs from around 2pm. At chia it was ok untill around 5pm, […]

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A tree landing!

May 6th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

The day started out with early Cu and light winds. Most of the group had a good first flight, most climbing out low from the Chalets (photo). Unfortunately Bruce ended up in some fields further down the slope and ran into the Oak trees at the end on his landing attempt. We decided to

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April 2008 Piedrahita Walking Holidays report

May 6th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

On the 17th of April, with a terrible weather forecast for the week, our first group of the season arrived in Piedrahita with great expectations. It was the first ever walkers, rather than pilots, to be guests in our house, and we were all looking forward to

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Fantastic early conditions becoming overdeveloped.

May 5th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

For our first full day with the new group the days started with a text book morning flight, with good reliable climbs on the chalet spine, most pilots getting a good climb out above take off. Only Simon got

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Goodbye Dutch, hello Brits.

May 5th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

After 10 days flying we brought our Dutch guest back to Madrid today (see farewell photo) and collected our assorted group from England (from The Dover and Folkestone and the Dunstable club…..also a lone Northerner, Andy, our regular guest and bird expert from Lancashire. Yet another flyable day, and on arrival the group had an […]

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