Gibraltar road clean-up!

A great turnout of SBSA pilots made quick work of this Fall’s Gibraltar road clean-up. Two truckloads of trash in less than two hours

Directions to the Dunlap launch/ Sequoia Highlands camp

From Fresno, take Hwy 180 east towards Kings Canyon .  The following directions start at the intersection of Hwy 180 and Dunlap Rd. ( Turning right on Dunlap Rd will take you to the LZ in a couple of miles )

  • From the intersection of 180 and Dunlap road, continue east on Hwy 180 towards Kings Canyon . After 8 miles you will pass Snowline Lodge. In about 1 more mile there is an intersection and turn out for Millwood Rd ( which goes right down to the valley, so don’t turn right ) . Turn left, across the highway ,and look for an orange mailbox and a sign for Sequoia Highlands camp, directing you onto a paved road, Forest service road 13597.
  • Follow this about 1.0 mile to a slight left onto FS road 12501
  • Follow this about 1.9 miles to a slight left onto FS 12519 ( I think this is a dirt road )
  • Go 1.5 mile to the launch, and the camp.
  • There should be green signs along the route directing you to Sequoia Highlands
  • If you have trouble, their phone is 559-336-9425, or ask the folks at Snowline lodge for directions


The dunlap club trip is coming up in a week. This is a fun thermal site with cross country potential located in the western Sierras just outside of Kings Canyon. Sounds like a fair number of people are planning on coming, and Mitch and Kevin are bringing up the Eagle van for shuttles.

I confirmed that Sequoia Highlands, which is next to launch, will be available for camping, and the plan is to have this as our base of operations. They have a large mess hall with a kitchen we can use, and an outdoor barbecue pit. Bathrooms and showers are also available. Cost is $15 per person per night. The cabins will not be available, as they are being used by a large group for a family reunion.

It sounds like most people will be coming up Friday night. The host, Johnny, will leave a sign in list in the mess hall, and requests everyone sign in. He will collect Friday, or Saturday for late arrivals.

There might also be camping in the LZ, but I haven’t confirmed that yet.

The launch is a short walk from the campground. The basic drill is wander over midmorning, launch when it comes on , fly local or XC, and get a ride back up later in the van. We’ll figure out the details Saturday morning.

The address of Sequoia Highlands Resort is 45002 E. Kings Canyon. Easy to map for directions.  Basically east of Fresno in the Sierra Foothills, about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Santa Barbara.

A google search of ” Dunlap flying site” will turn up several sources. Here’s one:

But beware that the situation ( ownership ) in the LZ has changed in the past couple of years, so some of the older hits may be inaccurate about certain requirements..


Big Sur Fall Camping and Flying Trip!

Nov 4th – 6th

I know people have been waiting to hear about the fall Big Sur trip so here is the scoop!

**Note:  The Plaskett Campground is open but due to the Big Sur recent fire the fire roads and the forest access are closed.  This means we can’t currently access or use any of the launches.  We will be monitoring this and hopefully it will change before November 4th.  We will update as information is available.  Either way we will still have the group sites available that weekend**  (

Let’s hope for the best so get out that camping gear, get your flying gear dialed and get ready to come on out and join us for the weekend!!!

We’ve got a two big group camping spots at Plaskett Creek campground, so bring your family and friends!

Carpooling is highly encouraged, plenty of tent space but limited parking spots in the groups sites.

Big Sur is appropriate for all levels of pilots and partiers.

There will be a potluck on Saturday night for those who wish to participate.

Plaskett Creek Campground
Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
35.91722, -121.465
35°55’2″N, 121°27’54″W

From San Luis Obispo, take Highway 1 north for approximately 60 miles to the campground.

From Monterey, take Highway 1 south for approximately 55 miles to the campground.

SBSA Reserve Clinic Party

When: 3:00 Saturday Oct 22
Where: 2774 Puesta Del Sol, S.B.

The Clinic will provide an opportunity to practice deploying your chute in the simulator of your choice and then have experienced re-packers inspect your deployment system and repack the reserve with new bands and bungees (if required). Your deployment technique will be analyzed and feedback provided.

The clinic will feature a presentation from PG national champ Mitch Riley about how, when and where to deploy your reserve– including a discussion about basic and advanced techniques for wing management that minimizes the need for a deployment.
Willy D and John G will be there for your HG gear needs and will have info, discussion and a Q&A session about emergency procedures for plumbers.

The people who design reserve systems recommend that they get repacked every six months. Previous clinics have revealed that as many as 25% of us have systems that will not deploy correctly. The problems are usually from poor maintenance, improperly rigged equipment or limited understanding of deployment sequence issues.

It’s been over 2 years since the last reserve clinic in SB. How long has it been since your reserve has been inspected?
Bring your helmets!

If you don’t need any repack stuff done, come for the party anyway. The SBSA is providing food and Beer!
Kids and dogs welcome.

If you only want a repack/inspection, you can drop off your harness on the front porch any time during the weekend. Don’t leave all your accessories such as varios and flight suits etc., and please ID your gear (Tape and pen on the porches)
You can pick up your harnesses from the fort porch any time after Monday the 24th.

Contact John G for more info if needed 886 6160
The cost for a repack is $50. No charge for using the simulator