Archive for August, 2011


4000m cloud base. Light to Mod SW.

August 30th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A big day after a slow start once again. We were off at midday, but survived with climbs not much more than 300m about the top for about an hour. Infact most went down, leaving Gill, Martin, Peter, Rob and myself to hang around of the others to get back up in the van. Martin […]

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A slow start then over the Pass

August 29th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A reasonable forecast of SW with 15km/hr winds and a potential base of 3000m. V. light thermals untill we reached the quarry, all but Rob, Phil, Gill and myself downed before Casas del Puerto. We made a good climb near the cemetery then another near the Antennas, crossing with around 2400m. On crossing, the light […]

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A late start then very good (Barco and Back)

August 27th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Light SE and blue thermals. A nice climb out at the Chalet for most, though not Tony, who somehow managed a safe landing in a difficult field in the forest. Gavin and Graham to Barco and back to Sta Maria, Brian to Sta Maria on the way along with Kevin. Tony at Barco on his […]

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20km W at 2500m, going NNW.

August 26th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Raining hard at 8am, but the cold front had passed by mid day, leaving blue skies with some nice Cu and increasingly strong climbs (to around 3.5m/s). Very cold early on, so some chose to land around Piedrahita as at time the base was a little low to go for the pass. Brian, Noel and […]

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Strong SW. Nice sky but too windy

August 26th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Although Gavin, Kevin and myself unpacked our gliders at Lastra, we were not quite brave or foolhardy enough to acutally take off. The Griffon and Black Vultures seemed to get on with it ok but could not quite tempt us off. Over on the Peña Negra launch the Swiss gave it a go, surviving the […]

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PB for Gavin at 91km

August 24th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

Nice day but with climbs rarely higher than 2800m (though 3000m once). Sparce Cu development and some weak climbs in the Piedrahita Valley. Gavin, Brian, Kevin (demoing the Mentor2), Tony and myself over the Pass, with Kevin dropping at Blacha, Tony about 3km short of Avila and myself and Gaving bombing after Villacastin with 91km […]

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Light to Mod SW. Good Cus, 2400m rising. 211km for some

August 23rd, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

We were able to get away at PN, though with obvious lee side conditions which later prevented further take offs. Most downed before the Pass in the relatively light climbs. Brian and I landed near Villanueva de Campillo on the plataeu N of the Pass. Our evening flight was from the W face of Lastra. […]

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Return of nice conditions

August 22nd, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

After a few days, especially Sat and Sunday, of stormy weather, today gave us pleasant soaring conditions with a light W wind and deep Cu with a base of around 2200m. Climbs were good enough for Brian and I to fly from the Quarry uptowards the Salamanca road, almost closing a triangle back at Piedrahita. […]

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PB for Tony with 78.5km

August 19th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A South forecast with potential climbs to over 400m but quite stable till around 3pm. We had an early launch at Lastra. In fact we nearly did not go as it seemed very breezy. However, some cirrus calmed it down and allowed all to have a safe launch. Once over the back some surprisingly turbulend […]

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Strong SW and unstable

August 18th, 2011 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cold front to the N of Spain has improved the air quality and instability but has made the wind too strong to fly today.

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