Archive for June, 2019


Back to Peña Negra and 4300m+ climbs

June 30th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

After a week of southerlies we finally get back to PN for a great day out.  A tricky day though with SE up high and NW down low.  We struck of from the Pass at above 4000m to the North and trying to connect with the convergence north of the Avila Valley.  However, low down […]

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Pedro Bernardo and over 90km alongside the Brit Open.

June 28th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

It has been a difficult weeks with strong winds from the south and very hot on the ground.  We have only managed some evening flying since Sunday with a 20km XC by Hans on one of the days.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the mountains at Pedro Bernardo, the British Open have been flying […]

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Almost 100km from Lastra.

June 22nd, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

An early start at lastra around 11am and reasonable easy conditions the whole way.  Mark and Eric were down to the north of the Piedrahita Valley, but myself, Rob, Doug and Hans had an easy time of it to around 50km when we had two land.  High cirrus slowed things and Doug and I were […]

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50km from Lastra.

June 16th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

An overcast day starting with light southerlies.  4 of us flew from La Lastra, with gains to about 4800m and  a slow flight in mostly overcast condtions from cirrus.  Very pleasant with lots of low save adventures.   Wind later came onto PN, but then went off before the eveing flight.

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123km to Segovia and new straight line PB for Flo

June 15th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

A slow day to start with climbs not much above 2600m in the Piedrahita valley.  However, Martin and Bryan to Avila and Flo, after 6 hours 20 minutes reached the goal of Segovia for his new straight line personal best on his last day here. According to the online contest, also the longest flight in […]

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Classic convergence day

June 12th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

Perfect Cumulus streets running along the Sierra de Avila towards the horizon beyond Segovia.  Climbs to 3400m and in some cores of 7m/s, so a bit hectic at times.  Flo landed N of Avila so I followed him down to land back at Avila.  Ondrej a bit further back.  We had set the goal at […]

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Light NNW, base at c2600m

June 11th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

A pleasant day flying around the valley, myself once again trying out the characteristics of the new Magnum3 tandem.  After visiting the local Fiesta de la Vega in the middle of the valley for a late lunch after landing, we went up for the evening flight which allowed soaring along the whole length of the […]

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First ever XC and PB for Steve Bilby. 60km

June 10th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

An excellent day with most of the group over the pass and towards Avila.  Steve B made it over the City landing to the south of the town.  I test flew the new Magnum 3 tandem with Rhoda, landing also at Avila along with Eric.

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Soaring the south face of Serrota.

June 8th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

A forecast today with a nice convergence running 100km plus to he NE, the wind never came on the hill well enought to launch.  Also some cirrus calmed things too much.   We had some very nice soaring on the south side of Serrota between Chia and the Garganta de Villar sites.

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7 over the Pass towards Avila.

June 7th, 2019 - Posted by Steve Ham

After a run of mediocre days,(No flying on Thursday and just local flying on other days) Friday came good.  Due to low cloubase earlier on we made a first flight staying local untill the base rose.   Then, after warming up (a very cold day at base), we took off again around 4.30 pm and […]

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