High Hopes in the French Alps

Another Morning in Chamonix

Brevant Lift and Station

that was about as high as most got...

We’ve had a couple of busy days, we’ve two Canadian pilots staying, and we’ve also had the pleasure of the company of some friends from Australia stay the last couple of days… needless to say, the wine was in full flow last night, a first for a long time! We had a day in Chamonix where it was another one of the über stable variety, so no xc’s. It was a stuggle to get anywhere. Dennis topped out just 100 meters above, but that was all, and I was scratching about in search of something that would take me a bit higher than I was, but all I got was the odd ‘beep’ and some good honest sink all the way to landing! So it was a great day for tourists and cameras! Plan Praz was it’s usual busy tandem covered launch, with all the solo pilots waiting around for ‘better’ conditions which never came…

We then returned to Plaine Joux, where I had a lovely late afternoon flight, very autumnal now with smooth air, and rapidly changing treetops. It was enjoyable, and stay-up-able and I landed happy after a couple of nice climbs. There were a couple of gliders that made it out of Chamonix, one being an R11, and the other a U3 I think, but that was about it. There haven’t been any league flights listed from our neck of the woods since the 1st September, although the weather is improving…

Have just got to add this little extra on…. I’ve just been fishing around on the net, for more info on the Moon oops! Mont Blanc landings this year and came across this photo link site of Damien de Baenst’s fabulous docuphoto of the whole flight, with his tracklog to boot!! Some great ‘calender’ shots in there I’m sure.

September 8, 2011 - Posted by | Flying, Guiding

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