3650m over Gredos.

Wednesday was blown out, and yesterday only good for a short XC. However, today we had strong climbs to well over 3000m, with Florian getting his height record (on a PG..since he flys Jets for a living) of 3650m.  We flew down to the Tornavacas pass at arounf 35km then headed back. (though did not make it).  Here are some  pictures at the pass.  In the first shot we see the Laguna del Barco In the second, behind the riser is the south side of the Bejar range.

doing a 360 turn we can see the provinces of Avila , Salamanca, Caceres and Toledo.

Laguna del Barco

Tornavacas Pass

30km to the Bejar range.

Another excellent day, though the forecast and actual conditions were poor.  A bit windy from the NE and thermal tops only around 2100m: 1000m lower than yesterday.  A blue thermal day.   Flo managed a great flight connecting with the Bejar range.  The evening flight once again allowed the full run of the length  of the mountain with restitution conditions.

Roberto with PN rock behind.

First day of the new season.

Certainly not the first flight of the season, since we have been getting some epic flights of late.  However, we have opened a bit earlier to fly with Florian.  Florian came in late this morning after his flight from Dubai (he is an airline pilot based there).  At around 1.30 we took of and within 15 minutes were at 3100m moving off to the west.  We flew for about 1.5 hrs landing around Barco.

The evening fligh one of those classic restitution smooth flights with lift all over the valley until sundown.  A nice start.

Weather for week 23rd to 30th September.

Although we did not have groups during this period, I think it worth making a note of the flying conditons of the week for future reference.

The week was almost wholly flyable with decent XC conditions each day except the Wednesday when we suffered storms.  Thursday to Sunday were particularly good, with Climbs to 3000m+.  The 1st of October was the first non flyable day for a while with strong NE winds.

Avila and back to Poveda (nr Pass) for Tim

After last week, flying each day except Saturday.  This week we managed to fly both Monday (Navalacruz and PN) and Tuesday (PN), before the clouds got out of control, but just local flying.  Today (Wednesday) with a nice light wind forecast Tim was able to spend much of the day in the air on his flight to Avila and back most of the way to the Pass.  I stayed local running the other pilots up the hill (4 times) whilst Ester collected Tim.  This week we have a demo of the Psi tenor (thanks Parapente Factory and Lodi).   Here is a pic of me Steve flying it below.


110km out and return. 2 X PBs

Fantastic conditons with a very light NW wind and Cu at around 3300m.  After arriving at Avila, Nigel, Steve Wand Jamie turned aroound for the return (Jonothan, Dolf and myself landing at Avila).  Dominique landed high up in the Sierra de Paramera on the south of the Avila valley…something never done before…and never again I hope!

Steve W did not get back over the Pass, but Nigel and Jamie arrived at the Piedrahita goal field around 7pm for their PB’s of 120km O&R in around 6.5 hours.

Nigel and Jamie. Heroes of he day.

Jamie, Steve W and Nigel’s flights

Avila for Dolf

Many of us were put down at the pass in the shade but Dolf coming up behind on the 2nd flight made it over in the sunshine and onto Avila.  Robin did an out and return from near the Pass.  On a second flight many of those bombing first time at the Pass made it over and to within 10km of Avila

Navalacruz and Lastra.

This morning a trip to Navalacruz (SE).  Only Jonothat made a decent XC flying 15km to the Chia landing field.  Later we flew at lastra, just a big fo ridge soaring in the light conditons at the end of the day.

Monday 10th. Flights to West.

Most of us flew down to Baco, with Jamie continueing along the ridge further north to Becedas.  A nice day with good Cu and climbs to around 2600m.  Later int he afternoon the wind wend SE, so we went to Chia for the eveing flight.  Quite along walk up as the condition of the track no longer allows us to get the vehicles up.

Trying every site and final success.

A moderate SE forecast but  expecting to come onto PN; which it did. However, we tried Lastra early on, arriving just as some Swiss pilots successfully went XC after which the wind went over the back.   Later back at PN, most go off, but not all before it went over the back.  We then had a drive to Navalacruz, a site I have not flown for 23 years.  A nice site.  Steve B and I made over 3000m and flew along the south site of Serrota landing at after a little more soaring at Chia (some 14kms away).   Best flight of the day from PN was 80km.

Below also the remarkable 185km flight made by one of the Swiss yesterday.

85k from PN

Evening flights from Navalacruz

yesterdays 185km flight

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