Archive for July, 2008


Avila, light NW, 3500m

July 22nd, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

What looked like a stable day turned out excellent, with nice climbs all along the Corneja valley and on the mountain. Only Fred made it over the pass, with Eric and Kevin landing on the high ground at the pass. Once over the other side things were initially more stable till we came across a […]

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Trip to Barco

July 21st, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Our new group, mainly from Ireland, missed the Sunday evening flight as things to to strong with a Cb to the north, although people had flown in the morning. Today we had a good morning flight with very light NE winds, with good climbs over the town. The XC flight started when we reached around […]

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Too hot

July 19th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

A day in the high 30s, with strongish southerly winds. Most spent the day at the swimming pool or in the shade (though I got sunburnt on my back rigging up a watering system for the veggie garden). We flew at Lastra del Cano in the late afternoon, taking off just as two Black Vultures […]

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Yet another epic July day

July 18th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

3000+ base with thermals up to 8m/s and light N wind. A dream for any comp task setter. Today things went better for the group, with Stuart nearly making it back to Piedrahita from Barco, and others also making a good effort and Carol making another PB with a flight to Barco. A good evening […]

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More Epic July conditions

July 17th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Today was a perfect paragliding day, the conditions we dream of for running competition events. 4/8Cu, light winds (N) and strong climbs (averages around 3 and peaks of 7). Dave Shaw made a fast run beyond Barco towards Bejar, but finding headwinds towards Becedas returned to Barco. Rob Simpson landed to the NE of Barco […]

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Overdevelopment by midafternoon

July 16th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Promising early morning conditions, but by the time we launched around noon, the clouds had began to get quit large. Most climbed out, but there was a distinct drift with the NE wind, and we tried to remain around the Piedrahita valley, most landing near Santiago or at Piedrahita. The first thunder around 4pm. During […]

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3000m at the Tornavacas pass

July 15th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Another epic July day with strong climbs and light winds (N). I flew with Stuart Troop on the tandem. After getting to the pass at Tornavacas we finally found the big climb which would have allowed us to continue down the Cherry tree valley with its infrequent landing fields. Dave Shaw landed up on the […]

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Epic July conditions

July 14th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

Very light winds from the north with good climbs of up to 5m/s and a base over 3000m. After flying down to the Cherry tree valley pass (Puerto de Tornavacas), Dave Shaw unfortunately landed, after flying very well and ahead. By this time the Cu was fantastic along the Bejar range and would have allowed […]

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Light NE, cool and clear.

July 13th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

I did the airport run, but things looked pleasant. Alan and Dave had a flight around the valley, and the evening flight was unusual with the conditions switching from the spines on the right to the left.

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Stork School with unstable NNW

July 12th, 2008 - Posted by Steve Ham

The cloud on the hill cleared by 1.30pm then quickly rose with very strong climbs in the valley. With the northerly component we stayed in the valley, with David Glew and Dave Cassidy making the most of conditions. Piers, Paul and myself flew in a huge flock of young Storks, presumably practicing for the big […]

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