San Bernardino - Marshal / Crestline
10-18-2015 Photos by Tim Kaiser & Myself (Crestline is the upper
hang glider launch)
Marshal is one of America's most reliable soaring site. Unfortunately
for us it was taking a couple days off. Flyable but not soarable.
Thankfully, on arrival day I caught a ride up with instructor Jerome
It was cool to meet Jerome because in 2001, when I started
working on the first PPG Bible, his website was one that I referenced a
fair amount. Mostly because he had articles from highly experienced,
My flight was brief since the clouds were just above
launch and coming down. A Brazilian girl launched a normal sized
beginner wing in front of me and promptly disappeared in the clouds.
"Uh oh" we thought.
Thankfully, she spiraled out with tolerable
clearance and we resumed breathing. Going into clouds like that has
I was on an 18 meter reflex wing (my oldish Viper). As
soon as I launched, I went to neutral trim and half speedbar. Even with
all the lift it was no problem.
Had a smooth ride down, worked some
lift off the lower hills, and landed on the cone. Oh that felt good! Of
course it's easy since there were essentially no thermals.
amazing. The next morning I started out for the 750 but only made
the 350 for a quick sled ride to miss the cone this time. Overall a fun
I wanted to make the 750. I really did. But at least I found the pond
and hammock! (see above).