Archive for July, 2011


Gentle climbs to 2200m and a trip beyond Barco

July 21st, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Once again a good soaring day with light winds from the N.  Climbs not going too high and our group flew towards Barco. A few went down around Santiago and Aldeanuevea.  Paul went down after crossing the river at Barco and Mike just before.  Bob Ginger and myself got the climb after the river, myself […]

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Light Winds and valley circuits

July 20th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

The cold front having gone through very early in the morning left us with some Stratocumulus on the mountain but which cleard by 11am and rose to arond 2600 by mid afternoon.   Great conditions both on the mountain and valley.  We did some ridge running and then moved out into the valley.  Nick and I […]

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Over the pass for some

July 19th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A bank of Cirrus and strengthening winds cut short the flight yesterday.  Cath, Ian and Nick up near the Pass and Bob, Paul and myself going over, but landing in the shade and about 20km/hr of wind not far over the other side. A front and rain has passed during the night, though things are […]

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Back to normal

July 18th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A nice day for arrival with very nice evening flying for our newly arrived group.

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Avila and back for 100km O&R, and 200km+ for Pepe

July 16th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

An epic day with strong convergence in Ambles.  Great Cus and light W winds.  Perfect soaring conditions, though it got pretty turbulent in the convergence with 6m/s + climbs.  Many made it back.    Pepe Maleki apparently went on and was at Segovia at 4pm, and made a little over the 200km.  Today is flyable but […]

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3100m+ Classic days

July 14th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yesterday was a bit breezy early on but with superb Cu development .  Some pilots flew to the W to the N or Bejar, but most stayed local. Today (Thursday) a very good day with light winds from the N and superb Cus dotted around the sky.  Most are trying a training race task around […]

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No paragliding but Bees Swarm in

July 12th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Strong SW and some big Congestus today.  On arrival home I noticed a lot of bees around a hole in the soffit above the front door.  I should have acted straight away, as they were just explorer bees, and the main swarm had yet to arrive. (I could have set up an alternative bait hive […]

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245km and 235km

July 11th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

The final best distances yesterday were 245km and 235km.  Today strong southerly winds and tomorrow risk of storms, so no flying probably till Wednesday.  We will probably only have around 23-30 by then, but will try to do something interesting.  It seems the repercussions of the CIVL prohibition are echoing around the world.  Calvo is […]

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220km yesterday and 2X200+ today

July 10th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

One of the Polish team made 220km yesterday (he attended the prize giving from the air).  I know, since I collected him o his long retrieve (a hotel last night and hitching all day today till I came across him at Muñogalindo (there was no retrieve yesterday). We are now of course only around 40 […]

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Traumatic days

July 9th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

I have had little to say on this blog for the last days.  Of course the tragic events and the high number of incidents have brought about a dramatic statement from the CIVL and of course the closure of the Worlds event here in Piedrahita.   A fatality or otherwise serious incident is of course what […]

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