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Hang Gliding the Hat Creek Rim August 2012, Day 1

Headed up to the rim around 5pm, intending for a 6:30ish launch in the glass off (smooth rising air everywhere). Lo & behold, there sits Dave with his tandem wing, whom I’d not seen in a few years. That’s one cool thing about hang gliding: you’ll randomly run into people on mountain tops you haven’t seen in a long time.

Before long there were perhaps 15 pilots setting up their gliders and lots of spectators, including my family. Well, it was decided that my niece, Anna, would take a tandem flight—and her first flight in a hang glider—with Dave. Not only have I seen Dave safely complete lots of tandem instructional fights but he’s done somewhere around 10,000 of them without a single mishap. For instructional and introductory purposes, Dave wanted for the air to smooth out and lighten up a bit, so a later launch was called for. They launched and then I, right behind, just after 7pm. They flew about 30 minutes and I put in 40.

So here’s a bunch of photos of the festivities. You can click on them for the high resolution versions.

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White sail tops for UV damage protection
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Colorful undersides though
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Rigging my Will’s Wing Sport 2 in the background
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Ground School
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Their launch
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…And they’re off
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My launch right behind
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…And I’m off
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…And away
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The smile says it all, doesn’t it?

Tonight I’ll strap my GoPro to the keel and shoot some onboard video for tomorrow’s update on all the fun.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

7 Comments

  1. Rose on August 4, 2012 at 22:39

    This just reminds me of Eddie Izzard. “Hang glid? Hang glideded.” lol

  2. J Squared on August 5, 2012 at 01:27

    Dude, I can’t wait for the video. Awesome!

  3. Joseph Fetz on August 5, 2012 at 05:01

    There’s simply no way that that beautiful young lady is related to you. I don’t believe it!

  4. Rikard on August 5, 2012 at 07:27

    I did a tandem glide in Rio de Janeiro. They said it was for free if I could stop smiling. Had to pay full price.

  5. mick on August 5, 2012 at 08:40

    it’s lo and behol fyi

  6. Lute Nikoley on August 5, 2012 at 10:24

    Brave young lady for doing the flight. Oh yeah, she’s my granddaughter, and yes I was a little nervous at lunch and landing. But she was in the hands of a pro.

  7. Chris on August 6, 2012 at 10:35

    Love it. Definitely going to try and get gliding sometime!

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