Windy Sunday at Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

WarBirds over Wilcox

Winds 22 to 25 this weekend at Wilcox. Several folks went for it and skied out but tandems stayed put. Check out the warbirds in the air as they made one of a few passes that day warming up for Veteran’s day.

Slap Happy Saturday!

I saw a lot of grinning pilots after we landed at the beach today……..

We took a full Eagle van plus a truck up to EJ Bowl.  There were a lot of familiar faces, Ron, Bob, OJ, Cracka, Lee, Cort, Jackson, Neil, Chris, Peaches, Marge, Bart, another Neil, and a visiting pilot Greg.  Cycles were coming in from the South East 5-10 at launch.  It was on when we got there and most everybody got there gear going and into the air pretty quickly.  Some pilots went west toward Alternator others opted to beat it into the wind going East to R&R.   After boating around for a bit above launch I opted to head to R&R.   Several pilots were already established and climbing quickly there.  There was abundant lift with some spicy edges.  As Cracka would say “It’s on like donkey kong!”.   Managed about 4600ft at R&R and headed over to thermal factory.  Smooth glide over and then seemed to be some mixing winds over thermal factory.   Some strong climbs.  It was fun to gaggle up with friends and climb out.  Tried pushing East a few times but never committed to it.  Bounced around out front and kept fading back to the thermal factory and the back ridge (thermal drift was fast).  Several people made it West to Alternator and then went East down range.  A few made it back and landed at the beach.   I maxed out my altitude and decided to head for the beach.  I knew the AVP was in town at West Beach so headed toward the wharf.  A little too spicy for pic’s in the mountains so here are a few from the smooth buoyant glide out looking at the volleyball tournament and the cruise ship.

1 hour 15 minutes
Max up 820fpm
Max down 600fpm

Max alt 4852ft

It’s good to be alive!  Let’s do it again tomorrow.
-Jon

 

Heading out from the riviera

Heading out from the riviera

Cort out front

Cort out front

IMG_5077 (Large)

heading over to AVP tournament

heading over to AVP tournament

IMG_5086 (Large)

Cort heading out to check out the cruise ship

Cort heading out to check out the cruise ship

The AVP!

The AVP!

Looking back at the AVP and coastline

Looking back at the AVP and coastline

Looking towards Summerland/Carp

Looking towards Summerland/Carp

Bart coming in to East Beach

Bart coming in to East Beach

Cracka!

Cracka!

IMG_5112 (Large)

unnnnhhhhh!

unnnnhhhhh!

Don't worry folks, I got this!

Don’t worry folks, I got this!

Well at least I didn't land in the ice plant.........

Well at least I didn’t land in the ice plant………

come on honey let's get away from this guy before he spills your wine again

come on honey let’s get away from this guy before he spills your wine again

IMG_5118 (Large)

Grant

Grant

Grant coming in smooth as ice

Grant coming in smooth as ice

IMG_5123 (Large)

Little John was so spec'd out we lost him for a while.  Here he is banking it up to get down to the beach.

Little John was so spec’d out we lost him for a while. Here he is banking it up to get down to the beach.

IMG_5126 (Large)

LJ coming in hot!

LJ coming in hot!

Everybody likes to watch the hg's land

Everybody likes to watch the hg’s land

Spot on landing

Spot on landing

Pine Mountain is On!

Cruising the coastal fog to get to Ojai and beyond...

Cruising the coastal fog to get to Ojai and beyond…

Thank goodness for computers, because if I looked out the window for my weather, I’d have missed  this day!

Lockwood Valley looking at Frazier Peak

Lockwood Valley looking at Frazier Peak

It looks tame enough in the beginning, but this place is like a huge jet intake, and that little puff ball is the primer!

Truck stop at the I-5

Truck stop at the I-5

Dean tells me if I ever land here, to head to the Mexican restaurant near the middle of this shot.

Looking North towards Bakersfield...Things are really cooking now!

Looking North towards Bakersfield…Things are really cooking now!

Bakersfield looked like a safe option for landing, but what a retrieve that would be!

Looking back at Frasier on my way back towards Pine and Ojai.

Looking back at Frasier on my way back towards Pine and Ojai.

It was so tempting to head back through and jump into the desert out towards Mojave and beyond.

Topping off before the long glide out

Topping off before the long glide out

Have to get back to Oak View by 6 and pick up the kids from the Grandparents house…I am gonna make it!

Self portrait as I cross Reyes  with the Badlands behind...
Self portrait as I cross Reyes with the Badlands behind…

 

IMG_5752

 

Boy its only 7:1 but it looks so far away…

 

Got it made!

Got it made!

I sent a Text to Chris G to see if landing at NHS was an option…Yep! was his reply then he got on the radio and gave me wind info which was very helpful!  Looking at my watch I realized I was going to land right at his meet time for going up for a glass off flight from pine.  That would have been too cool hitching a ride back to my car on top.  Fortunately, Ron, Bob and Tom were already on their way back with my rig and the others too. Thanks so much guys.

The things we do to pack on grass...

The things we do to pack on grass…

I have always wanted to try this flight, and it just unfolded in front of me today.  Super sweet!

I understand today (Sunday) was similar or even better, and I can’t wait to hear what the hang pilots have to say when they tell their stories of flying back to SB from Pine…Niiiiiice!

Big props to Aaron and the SoCal league for taking the plunge and trying out Pine.  Thanks also to the launch crew on take off for helping lay out, and for Fast Eddie, (who wasn’t our driver this time) for keeping an eye on us every step of the way. It gives me great confidence knowing folks are keeping an eye out and a radio on. Thanks so much!

Great job to Dave Teal on his big flight, as well as Alex almost making the beach on the glass off. I understand Stephan made goal on the league task and wisely flew past the 50/50 to the sod fields for some well earned grassy packing.

 

 

EJ bowl to East Beach

Met Cracka, Bob, Bart and Dave B at parma at 11:30ish.  We took Bart’s van and headed up to EJ Bowl.  Bo and another visiting pilot were setup on launch and checking out the conditions.   It was blowing in nice between 5-10 miles per hour.  We didn’t waste any time, got setup and ready to go.  Aaron hucked first with Bo and the visiting pilot on his heals.   Bob A. went next and I followed him.  Bart was off next and Dave right behind him.  It was quickly an air party!  Nice lift at launch and everyone easily made it over to tag La Cumbre peak and climb out.  Bob headed over to R&R and we all eventually followed, climbing out there and then heading to Thermal Factory.  Good lift all over….with typical rough edge here and there but pretty mellow overall.

Bob continued to head down range and Aaron and Dave followed.  Bart and I hung out as we watched them scratch low for a bit down range.  Eventually they all got some lift, Bob and Aaron headed back toward Parma, Dave took the glide out to Summerland Beach.  Bart and I headed out to East Beach.  Easy buoyant glide out with butter smooth air.  All landed safely, it was a good day!

Max Alt. 4290ft
Max up. 800fpm
Max down. 700fpm
1 hr 20 min flight

Chief

I hadn’t been flying in forever… so when Bart called and asked if I wanted to meet him in Ojai to paraglide at Chief, the two hour drive seemed like a mere inconvenience.

I got up at the crack of dawn and met Bart, Chris, and another new pilot at Nordhoff High School at 9 am and we headed over to check out the LZ. By the time we got back, there were two other pilots waiting. We wasted no time loading the Suburban and by 9:30, we were on our way up.

Just Another Day Of Flyin’

When we got to the top of the mountain, it was blowing over the back… but by the time we got to launch, light cycles were coming in. Bart, NewPilot, and I went over the flight plan with Chris and started to lay out our gear so we didn’t miss the window.

One of the local pilots launched first- but he didn’t get much. He was able to scratch around at Twin Peaks- but was never able to bench back. The rest of us waited for about fifteen minutes until stronger cycles started to come in. NewPilot was first in queue and managed to stay high. It was his third high flight so he played around out front- bouncing back and forth between the peaks. Bart launched next and I followed.

The lift was smooth and strong. We were able to stay high and get higher. There was an inversion around 5.6k that we kept bumping our heads on… but we never gave up and our perseverance paid off. After about 45 minutes of bouncing around, a thermal took us through the inversion and we got to over 6k. I fell out of it and was never able to get back up… after bumping my head some more, it started to shut down. Bart tried to go XC and I headed out front to land. My glide was nice and the air was smooth. Bart said it was pretty rowdy as he headed over to Three Stooges. But alas- the headwind proved too much for a lone paraglider and he turned back and landed right behind me.

It was an amazing day. Can’t wait to do it again!

Bart Up High at Cheif

Bart Up High at Cheif