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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
Phi Maestro
24th August 2020
2hrs 54mins
Beinn na Muice
Altguish Pub
57.41743, -4.95313
57.41445, -4.97420
57.63327, -4.92307
57.61373, -4.87732
57.74378, -4.85450
57.69322, -4.76435
57.69272, -4.76823
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Height   -   Pressure data
Maximum Height
5686 ft
Lowest Save
860 ft
Takeoff Height
1781 ft
Landing Height
774 ft
Total Ascent 25121 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 3904 ft
Maximum 4826 ft
Low Point
as Lowest Save
860 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
5686 ft
Climb   -   Pressure data
Maximum Climb
5.0 m/s
Minimum Climb
-5.0 m/s
Maximum Speed
71.1 km/h
Average Speed
around course
17.3 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
36.8 km/h
Flight Duration 3hrs 12mins
Track Points 11438
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 118.2 km
Invalid Positions
[< 1%]
Flight instrument
Type Flyskyhy
Model 6.16.0
Firmware 6.16.0

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Had a belter of a flight yesterday.

Kev and I headed up Strathfarrar and walked up Beinn na Muice. It's a massive slab of rock which faces south and usually works well if there is sun on it. However, the launches are very small, technical and committing - it's not for the faint hearted! When we reached launch it was working but - just as we finished setting up - a massive bank of cloud obscured the sun and shut the therms down. We were hot in our gear and the midges were biting - we decided to give it a go. We soared the face for about 20 minutes, ekeing out every tiny bit of lift we could, but it was 5m up / 6m down and before long we were on the deck.

The midges in the valley floor were hell. We packed up very quickly and shot off up the hill again. I could see that the day was improving and just about gave myself a hernia getting back to launch. Put my dry clothes back on, paused to properly do my checks as I knew I was hurried - launched.

It was now a very different day - strong but small therms ripping up the face with big sink between them. It made for a roller coaster ride along the face of Beinn a Muice. I managed to find one that felt big enough to turn in and figure eighted my way up until I could make full turns. Once above the hill the therm consolidated into a ripper straight to base. I dropped back to the main ridge of the Strathfarrar Munros, which were looking stunning in the sunshine. I was in two minds - run the ridge or commit north over the back into Glen Orrin. It's a fair commitment as you need at least one more climb over the back to get you into Strathconon and to a road - otherwise its a long walk. There was lots of sunshine with blobs of shade showing a nice disbursement of clouds. I went for it.

Two nice climbs later I was in Strathconon and Glen Meinich, where I have watched golden eagles so many times. I knew I needed a good climb here to then make the long transition to Achanalt. I found a ratty climb off Meallan an Uan, which then consolidated with a therm off Sgurr a Mhuillin and took me to base at about 5200 ft.

Its then an 8km glide to the north side of Strathbran and I arrived just at the top of a very low and shallow hill. I knew I needed some luck and was thinking more about how to get close to a road than how to continue the flight. The hill was so shallow it matched my glide angle as I pushed south. I slid down the side of it - gliding over a km not more than 15 feet off the ground. Just as the hill approached the road it steepened enough that I had about 100 ft below me. I set up to land beside the road and made my approach but hit a bump so had to go around again to realign with the landing. Then hit the bump again. This time I turned more carefully and found that I had gone up a meter. After working that bubble for 25 minutes it finally consolidated over a tiny outcrop no bigger than a house and took me to base - a very happy man!

I then decided to commit again - over Loch Fannich and past the Fannich hills, which I had never seen up close before - so beautiful! I emerged at Loch Glascarnoch, with its water levels historically low and the old road clearly showing at its west end. I flew over the loch to the hills to the north and had a think and a look at the map. To continue further north was a massive commitment into Strathvaich Forest - a vast area of trackless mountain terrain. It was nearly 4pm, I needed a pee and was cold. I remember Neil saying that his Dad and the good old boys use to hold comps at Glascarnoch and enjoy drinks afterwards at the Aultguish Inn - that sounded enticing!

As I flew east along the north side of the loch I clearly saw a thermal entraining across the loch and up the hill just to the north of the Inn. It must have been huge as there was a large and perfect cumulus forming off the top of the hill and as I flew through it the breeze ripping up the hill was quite stiff. However, by now the slope I was scratching was very shallow and mentally I was already in the pub. I half heartedly took a couple of turns in lift and then landed in the field beside the Inn.

I went in for a pint, which became two pints. Before very long Becky arrived with the kids and we all had a cracking pub-grub supper.

As we got into the car at 6.30pm I looked at Ben Wyvis and saw that it was still working nicely - with base super high above it - a fine sight indeed.

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