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Turnpoint Flight on a Paraglider
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8th July 2024
4hrs 49mins
Nr Harewood
53.06035, -1.79112
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Height   -   GPS data
Maximum Height
5246 ft
Lowest Save
735 ft
Takeoff Height
997 ft
Landing Height
302 ft
Total Ascent 33097 ft
Height Gain
Above Takeoff 4249 ft
Maximum 4252 ft
Low Point
994 ft
High Point
as Maximum Height
5246 ft
Climb   -   GPS data
Maximum Climb
5.5 m/s
Minimum Climb
-3.8 m/s
Maximum Speed
61.2 km/h
Average Speed
around course
23.5 km/h
Average Speed
over track length
36.6 km/h
Flight Duration 4hrs 51mins
Track Points 17465
Recording Interval 1 secs
Statistics Interval 4 secs
Track Length 177.4 km
Flight instrument
Type Hisense Hlte202n 9
Model Not Set

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Yesterday's flight… I won the day! (Although Tim Bridle flew further in a straight line with proper Scottish scenery: -))

After poring over Rasp at the weekend trying to work out whether to go to Rushup/mam, Longstone, Eyam or Bunster or somewhere else, I settled on a whopping great triangle from Mam south face leaving the hill before 11 and pushing east.

Woke up, checked Rasp, which showed a hint more wind making the whopping triangle even more difficult, looked out of the window, clouds too big too early over Kinder, chucked my magnificent plan in the bin and decided a bit late to go to Bunster.

Stuck in traffic in Dove Holes with huge dark clouds spitting occasional heavy raindrops on the window, I thought this has all the makings of a disaster day. But the sky was less ominous at Bunster, I bumped into Milton also hunting for parking spaces and miraculously there were 2 spaces just in time.

Walked up to find John Youle Nigel Prior Chris Jackson Dima Kolcev Mark Busby Ross Mason James Allcock and some others setting up, nice chilled atmosphere on the hill, makes a change from the usual 5* rasp intense pre-flight task setting session.

Round about this point I am carrying a heavy roll of gaffa tape in my bag, briefly grump at myself for bringing it… Then realise I have forgotten my flying suit. Idiot! People kindly offered various items of clothing, I'd plenty of stuff for my top half but shorts were going to be cold. Dima kindly lent me the legs off his zip-off trousers, which made all the difference! So, spare t-shirt on my legs, concertina bag fashioned into trousers held in place with gaffa tape and Dima's trousers legs, socks pulled up, ready to go like the stylish flying pro I am; -)

Dima was first to test the air, and just as he came in to slope land, it looked like there might be a sniff of lift off to his right. CJ went to check it out, Milton spotted a couple of birds high climbing just beyond him, CJ is made of helium though so I paused to see if it was really working, as slope landing in the trousers was going to be risky. Buzz off next, and Nigel, yep definitely working. It no longer seems to be a good core but a glider on my left surges in lift. I start climbing out, Nige and Buzz climbing nearby, it's a rowdy climb and someone's wing nearby THWOCKs open loudly after a collapse.

A kestrel pirouetting upwards along the sharp rocky edge of Dovedale shows us the way, we lurch our way round in lumpy circles till we're higher, the clouds look massive and dark and Nigel and I bravely run away towards the edge. Buzz pushes back upwind, topping up, CJ is high and unfazed by the darkness of the cloud. Nige's plan is to crosswind north east to avoid the airspace later, seems like as good a plan as any, and he's got a good buoyant line, so I head in a similar direction.

Next climb is a bit wishy-washy initially, but I spot a lump of cloud forming more enthusiastically south towards the sunny edge of the cloud shadow, head for that and go up. Next climb Buzz does something similar finding a proper climb while the rest of us waffle about further north climbing in nice but weak thermals. The next cloud is massive. I don't want to be anywhere near base. CJ seems to have had the same idea and we both glide along in buoyant air towards Buzz who's ahead past the cloud and climbing over a tree lined ridge. My trousers have unstuck along one leg when I put bar on, I have to do some mid-air fettling using the dima-gaiter to stop the cold wind blowing up my leg.

I can see Chatsworth from here but can't get my bearings, we're flying towards this area from a funny direction.

We're all milling about in Buzz's climb but I can't believe there isn't a stronger climb, so I head off towards what I think is a new blob of cloud forming and find a better core. I climb high enough to run away into the blue, losing sight of the others. Not sure if they've got sucked into cloud or still milling around low, can't see them either way, so I'm on my own now. There's a whopping great black-based marshmallow of a cloud ahead, I'm wary of it but it seems I can climb near it without getting too close, and I fly through some sink which reassures me Ill be able to run away, so I top up a bit then start heading more north towards Sheffield, spot 3 sailplanes climbing, 2 ahead, one off to my right, I climb with them but this cloud looked massive from the side so I run away east towards the other glider.

Around here it goes a bit slow, I can see Dima and a white gin ( James Allcock? ) in the distance, I've lost the others. There's a bit of high level cloud as well as the big clouds, which seems to be slowing down the thermic activity and the monster clouds are fizzling. There's a bit of sun on some polytunnels near a bright brown field and a built up area, I hang around here waiting till it eventually develops into a proper climb. So. If I'm going to do a massive triangle I'd probably better think about turning round soon, Rasp said turn right down the M1 then head back. But I'm not too keen on that big sky, and hope it might be less boisterous further north, and anyway I like the brainlessness of just tootling downwind.

So, somewhere over east Sheffield, I need to top up, my best chance looks like some fields toasting in the sunshine with factory roofs in front and the ripples on the nearby ponds tell me something is happening… URGH my feet get hoofed about as the glider blunders into a great kicking of a climb, don't like this one, run away. But then it smooths out after a couple of seconds running away, so I turn cautiously back into wind to see if I can circle in the nice mellow bit and avoid the edge.

I'm up high enough and the sky looks massive again. I dither… Duck under the big dark line of cloudy to head north, or scoot right along the sunny edge of this biggg cloud then turn left later? The sky makes the decision for me again, 2 great dollopy Margy meringue clouds appear along the sunny edge joining the 2 huge monsters together, I'll duck under the monster heading for the least lifty ground/sky combination I can see. This works, I get comfortably low and am happy enough foraging for thermals again. The next climb gets me high enough, I move on, then the sky all fizzles ahead so I slow right down and stick with what I've got.

Somewhere here while I'm beetling about waiting to see what the sky throws at me next, Dima comes zooming along, for some reason it tickles me that his trousers are briefly reunited, but he glides confidently onwards and I don't feel high enough to make it to the next guaranteed climb so I continue loitering in weak lift. After a few minutes I spot a proper cloud forming a bit upwind, easy glide away, find lift before I reach it, and soon I'm back up in space. My cloud expands and expands, the rest of the sky seems to have sprung back to life and I can see tall marges peering through the gaps and over the lower cloud tops. No need to loiter any more, there's a dark based new cloud ahead, it'll definitely work, and another beyond that. I reach it but it looks really dark close up so I don't turn. 1500ft higher and a km further on without turning, far too easy, I don't like this.

But I'm at the edge so I can run away again, and I find sink, woohoo, I wander about in this inefficiently, wasting height till I'm less nervous. The booming clouds settle back down again and the marges mostly fizzle. I glide off and nothing seems too hoofy any more, that's better. I start getting a bit low, I don't mind, could land here, or could try to get up again… Not sure if I want to… Might kick myself if I don't. Anyway a load of polytunnels in the sunshine release a lovely gentle climb so I stick with it and the instrument says 80odd km and I think I could probably stick this out to round it up to 100km, which might be lovely so I can carry on if I like…

Approaching Leeds airspace the active clouds are all inside the airspace, I try to stick in buoyant bubbles over a golf course, it's not really gaining anything, no drift, the active clouds nearby seem to be fizzling, I should try zooming off confidently over the sunny fields to the north but the sky looks dead there and maybe I just need to be patient… The patience inches me closer and closer to the airspace till I've had enough messing about, there's a cloud in almost reachable distance, I have to try…

As I'm skimming over the fields approaching the clouds I get one last lurch upwards but I turn to find it and land. The warmth is great, 19 degrees and sunny, my legs defrost, I can finally degaffatape the ridiculous trousers and I'm starving so I guzzle half my lunch and far too many fruit pastilles, get a very lucky lift straight to a station, wait 3 min for a train to Leeds, then no minutes wait for the next, and a lovely lift back to the car from Matt Cook: -)

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