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Andrew Fowlie  All flights
National League 2024
Flight type image
FAI Triangle on a Paraglider
Club
Aberdeen
Glider
Skywalk Mint
Date
20th April 2024
Start
13:01
Finish
16:02
Duration
3hrs 1min
Takeoff
Short nam Fiannaidh
Coords
Takeoff
56.67770, -5.04903
Start
56.67743, -5.05392
TP1
56.64938, -4.89338
TP2
56.54993, -4.90247
TP3
56.67732, -5.06688
Finish
56.67732, -5.06688
Landing
56.68077, -5.08880
Distances and Score
Leg 1
11.08k
Leg 2
11.09k
Leg 3
17.41k
Distance
39.58k
Deductions
0.80k  (circuit gap 795m)
Total
38.78k
Multiplier
x 2.30
Score
89.2
Open Distance
Total
19.0k
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Validated
Yes
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
[14:15:59]
5164 ft
Lowest Save
[15:08:48]
1234 ft
Takeoff Height
[12:59:13]
2995 ft
Landing Height
[16:08:27]
59 ft
Total Ascent 25659 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 2169 ft
Maximum 3268 ft
Low Point
as Lowest Save
1234 ft
High Point
[15:37:54]
4501 ft
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Climb   -   Pressure data
Maximum Climb
[13:20:49]
6.8 m/s
Minimum Climb
[13:24:17]
-5.5 m/s
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Speed
Maximum Speed
[13:40:25]
62.1 km/h
Average Speed
around course
12.9 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
34.4 km/h
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Tracklog
Flight Duration 3hrs 9mins
Track Points 11355
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 108.4 km
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Flight instrument
Type Air3 Air3-7.3 10
Model Not Set
Firmware 0.9.10.6
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Climb and Speed averaged over 4 second intervals.

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Average Speed around course is measured from Start to Finish points.

Track Length is the cumulative distance between track points from Takeoff to Landing.

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Saturday 20th April and the question was, how much cloud would there be?

Not overly convinced the day would be fantastic, I set my sights on the Glencoe area which showed some promise and lined up with a trail running event I had on the Sunday with my other half. With the forecast uncertain, I decided a hike and fly challenge to simulate the X-Scotia would abate potential XC frustrations and get the most out of the day. I set myself a 35km FAI triangle taking in three major summits. If I landed out, I'd hike up and try leap frog my way around.

Neil Rollings and Kieran Campbell opted to join me.

With our sights on Sgorr Nam Fiannaidh at the west end of the Aonach Eagach ridge we had over 900m of ascending ahead of us. After 600m, Neil was done and chose his launch at the saddle whilst myself and Kieran continued to the summit.

At the summit, the launch was perfect for simulating the challenges of the XScotia, a less than ideal maze of rocks and uneven round! With Neil's decision paying off, we watched him climb above us, prompting us to get our arse's in gear. With the haste to launch, I forgot to programme in my task, doh!

Launching, the wing came up cleanly first time and I was soon in the air and trying to get established, but which side do I pick, leeward or windward? The light Northerly and the massive south faces of mainland Britian's narrowest ridge were battling it out with the sunny slopes proving victorious, propelling me to base in a ripper. Cobwebs blown out, myself and Neil raced wing tip to wing tip along the ridge on bar, reminding me of the kilometres we crunched together in Colombia, Epic!

Transitioning to the Buchaille Etive Mor, I opted for the North Westerly face but only found sink, do I scoot low over this col to the sunny side? Nah, playing it safe, I skirted around the long way, finding myself on the steep south easterly face low, soaring up the sheer cliff in the thermal breeze, skimming my wing tip past keen rock climbers on the face. The stoke was high, with each rock climber I passed giving out a cheer! Over the summit I joined up with Kieran who had come over from the west side, coring up to base we would go on to enjoy the majority of the flight together.

With Neil out front we played catch up, finding climbs where they should be, tracking along the spines, we made easy progress towards Stob Ghabhar above Beinn Toaig. Low on the summit, another decision, wait here and milk this weak lift or scoot over low to the sunny face. This time lets be having it! Finding a climb on the sunny face, I was soon back at base and my second turn point, now to make it home!

Flying into Glen Etive, it was unclear how far the sea breeze had pushed in with good clouds above Beinn Chaorach, I opted to glide in that direction hoping the Northerly was converging with the sea breeze here. Kieran opted to head towards Stob Dubh so I kept a close eye on him but somehow lost sight of him! Having committed a cardinal sin, I was cursing myself as I wasn't connecting with anything. Where the hell has Kieran gone? Boom there he is, corking up to base on Stob Dubh, I made a bee line for the face soon to be propelled to base in another steep sided soaring fest! This repeated itself on Stob na Broige as we made best use of the powerful sea breeze that races up Glen Etive.

At base with very little met wind, I made for home, sticking to the high terrain for some shelter from the inevitable sea breeze from Glencoe. However unable to comfortably fly directly over Aonach Dubh, the most westerly of the three sisters, I was forced to scoot past Osians Cave, thinking you don't often get this perspective! Another face and another opportunity exploit the sea breeze. Gaining enough height, I made to close the triangle, closing with a mere 5m horizontally to spare. Picking my landing field, I landed 200m from the van to round off an epic wee challenge. Just as well because I left my money and card in the van! Some things are just meant to work out.

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