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Cloudbase
Forecast
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Comments
9/30
Woodside later
Cloudy with sunny periods. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon. Windy over eastern sections this morning. High 17.
40%
light and variable
-2.8°
/1000'
(unstable)

1100 meters
3500 feet
Woodside Report - flyable most of the day, no forecast high winds materialized. Andy did a hike and fly, short flight no thermals or ridge lift at all. I worked on the barn all day getting new windows installed for fall classes (now it will be very warm inside with the sealed windows and wood stove).

9/29
Stay at Work
Rain. Amount 25 to 35 mm. Gusty winds. High 17.
100%
260° at 22 knots
-1.5°
/1000'
(inverted)

1100 meters
3500 feet
Woodside Report - snorkel needed!

9/28
Woodside/Grouse
Sunny. Becoming cloudy late this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 20.
0%
180° at 15 knots
-2.9°
/1000'
(unstable)

2180 meters
6900 feet
Woodside Report - I arrived at the Ranch after 3:00 pm, and it started to sprinkle a bit. No pilots in the air, but it looked good earlier. My call for Grouse was a bit optomistic as it started raining around noon in Vancouver.

9/27
Woodside/Grouse
A mix of sun and cloud. Clearing near noon. Fog patches early this morning. High 22.
0%
light and variable
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2180 meters
6900 feet
Grouse Report - Nicole and Tom H flew Grouse and had pretty nice flights heading back towards Crown Mtn.

9/26
Woodside/Bridal
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches early this morning. High 19.
0%
light and variable
-2.1°
/1000'
(stable)

2180 meters
6900 feet
Woodside Report - when I arrived at 4:00 pm, to mow and do some chores Andy and many other HGs and PGs where in the air soaring. Bridal was a bad call as it was all shaded out.

Rob called me on his way out and we were convinced to go flying by the super-smooth lift everyone was flying in. Al also arrived at the Ranch and took us up in his truck after a quick flight with a minor line break on launch, which we fixed on top.

We launched Al first, then Rob and then I took to the sky. We all climbed to the towers around 1000 meters and there were a few rough thermals breaking through but mostly glass-off lift. After 45 minutes I tried to top-land to get Al's rig down and it was too strong, Jeremy was also trying to get in. We finally got our gliders in within 15 seconds of each other with Jeremy coming in from the back and I approached from the side. Both standup landings, no embarrasing gravel stains! Andy and Rob flew out to Riverside and Al landed at the Ranch. Super flying for everyone despite the lame forecast.

9/25
Woodside/Bridal
Sunny. High 22!
0%
280° at 9 knots
-2.3°
/1000'
(stable)

2280 meters
7400 feet
Woodside Report - very busy day at launch with many pilots getting their last flights for the season, I assume.

Our new students did extremely well despite the audience and small setup space, with some thermalling later in the day. Two tandems for me with a good climb (trying to catch Norm) on the second flight with Ivor from low on the clearcut between launch and the south knoll. Garry H had an amazing flight launching early and staying in there for over 2 hours while others launched and sunk. Colleen guided Ben and Steele into some nice thermals and got them above launch around 6:00 pm on their last flights.

Oh . . . and the most excitement all day was launching Lars in strong mid-day winds! He was upside down a few times but survived. He also complained about getting up to launch after we closed up the trail due to ATVs and bikes. We finally got him off and he soared for over an hour staying quite high and had a nice landing at Eagle Ranch.

9/24
Woodside/Bridal
Sunny. High 22!
0%
330° at 6 knots
-3.0°
/1000'
(unstable)

2280 meters
7400 feet
Woodside Report - the wind forecast didn't look great and indicated strong NE winds early. Agassiz was reporting NE 22 kph at 10:00 am, but we were protected by Woodside Mountain and flew from 10:00 am on.

The next sign that there were North winds was watching Kirill climb up to 1600 meters on his paramotor and getting parked pointing North (he later said it was quite turbulent at that altitude).

We had four new students signed up this weekend; Pierre, Dale, Steven, Steele. They all kited most of the day getting tandems with me throughout the day and at 6:00 pm everyone headed up for their first solo flights. They all did awesome launching first time and Steven was thermalling above launch for most of his flight. Great job folks!

Alan had the best flight staying in the air for nearly 2 hours! Launch was quite busy at Woodside, with many "launch potatoes" taking a long time to get off despite great cycles.

Reports from Bridal indicated similar conditions with marginal soaring.

Euro Vacation Report - since we haven't heard from Martina, Derek and Jack; I suspect they are still trying to bail Jack out of an Amsterdam Jail for non-payment of a bill in the Red Light District? What is happening over there?

Kamloops Report - Hi Jim and Colleen, I thought I would update you on the flying here in Kamloops. We are a group of 5 right now. Ed, Dave, Derek, Les and myself. We have located a couple of new sites just outside of Kamloops. One in particular is an excellent west facing launch with large setup area and a gentle launch slope. The road up is ok for a 2 wheel drive vehicle. The lz is directly below launch, so no worries when I sink out. The lz has power line in fairly close proximity but they are quite easy to see and avoid. Derek is doing well with his flying and has good control of his wing. He has been practicing his thermaling and is getting better with every flight. His launches are good and his landings are better than mine. We have been flying every weekend since you put me in touch with the guys. Thanks again - Jim MHi Jim and Colleen, I thought I would write an update on the flying here in Kamloops. We are a group of 5 right now. Ed, Dave, Derek, Les and myself. We have located a couple of new sites just outside of Kamloops. One in particular is an excellent west facing launch with large setup area and a gentle launch slope. The road up is ok for a 2 wheel drive vehicle. The lz is directly below launch, so no worries when I sink out. The lz has power line in fairly close proximity but they are quite easy to see and avoid. Derek is doing well with his flying and has good control of his wing. He has been practicing his thermaling and is getting better with every flight. His launches are good and his landings are better than mine. We have been flying every weekend since you put me in touch with the guys. Thanks again. Jim M
Jim Mansell at his new site!
9/23
Woodside/Bridal
Sunny. High 21!
0%
290° at 6 knots
-2.9°
/1000'
(unstable)

1950 meters
6100 feet
Woodside Report - David S and I completed the last three donated tandems for Dale (the WCSC Road Builder). Conditions at 4:00 pm were fantastic, good climbs through 1100 meters, lift everywhere. I gave the controls to my passenger and she flew us out to the Ranch climbing all the way. We spiralled down 200 meters and when we came out of the spiral we started climbing again. We had to wait over Hwy 7 for 10 minutes for the thermals to die down to come in to land.

Kelly, Barry, Natalia, Andy, Pembie Peter, David, Luke, Larry, Brad were all out soaring. No one had a bad flight!

Bridal Report - Today nobody sank out. I launched first at 4:05 pm followed by Chris H., Alan, Ivan, and Ian Mitchell. Slow climbs (2.9 m/s max) but very smooth and very little drift. A couple of us made it over Upper Launch. I hit 1900 meters even. Some cloud eventually shut us down. Top-landed after 1:41 - Rob

9/22
Woodside/Bridal
A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. High 18.
0%
light and variable
-2.8°
/1000'
(unstable)

1770 meters
5300 feet
Woodside Gloat Report - Finally !

After being somewhat of a local now living in Mission, I got in on one of those "you should have been here yesterday" flights!

Launched just before Norm after Andy who just launched before I arrived around 12:30. I thought it was going to end quickly as I sunk out and had to scratch around very low at the second last cutblock before I found anything useable. It was still tough for about 20 minutes or so but stuck it out and climbed back to launch.

Then it got choppy and disorganized, but I could see Andy up high so I knew there was lift somewhere. Well I found it in a big way! The vario was screaming, sounding like an emergency vehicle siren. I was soon at cloudbase with Andy and Norm also got up as well. After a bit of trying to figure out the messy lift, I saw Norm heading towards the Sasquatch so hopped on the bandwagon and headed that way also, then saw Norm heading back low (about launch height) and with the mountains over there in the shade and lee I turned around as well.

We made a second attempt later and ended up coming back again. Launch was empty so worked my way "down" to see how it looked to top-land, the sock was gently blowing up so it looked good. NOT ! I flew into a boomer that took me from launch height to cloudbase at 1510 metres in what seemed like about two minutes talking out loud saying "holy shit" looking at the vario anywhere from over 7m/s to 12.5 !!!! I have never been in lift that strong anywhere. In and out and around the clouds freezing my butt off listening to someone over at Bridal saying "there is a pilot in the air at Woodside specking out" chuckling knowing it was me.

Not able to go anywhere far because of daycare commitment in Mission decided on an out and return to Harrison. Got to about the prison without any lift so looked over my shoulder back at launch and turned the ship around. Did not have my GPS but estimate ground speed at around 60kms per hour and made it back with plenty of height to spare. I was tired of getting worked over so headed out to Riverside at launch height over the other side of the river getting consistant smooth 0.4m/s but wanted to land to thaw my kneecaps. Norm landed a bit before me and he also enjoyed his flight.

The best part is a flight like that and I got home before 4:30 (Pffffttttt ! The sound of a cold beer opening ) Ahhhhh !! - Thomm

Andy confirmed he made it to 1700 meters earlier in the day, close to the CloudBase calculator results - Jim

Bridal Gloat Report - Alan, Kevin, Chris and I flew at Lower Bridal today. There was obvious east wind at launch. Alan launched first at about 3 pm. He went to the right, into the wind, and sank out. Kevin waited around a bit and launched when there was a little better sun. He also headed into the wind and got nothing to speak of. Chris and me decided that we were going to have to work the leeside where it was obviously starting to come up. Chris launched at about 3:45 and was doing OK on the left side of the launch. I launched at 4 pm and joined him. Together we climbed out to Upper Launch. Chris went to the Elk Valley and got drilled coming back and landed. I stopped at Gloria and boated around a lot there and slowly worked my way to Archibald. I got to 1726 meters (5660 ft) at Archibald and then crossed to gap to Cheam. It was still coming up nicely at 5:45, but I was getting very cold so rather than working the lift at Cheam I headed out and landed to warm up after 2:07. Rob.

9/21
Woodside/Bridal
A mix of sun and cloud. High 19.
0%
280° at 6 knots
-2.8°
/1000'
(unstable)

1900 meters
6000 feet
Woodside Report - lots of pilots out early. Barry and Andy flew around 10:30 am, Norm and Thomm showed up around noon. Andy was soaring above the ridge when I left for Chilliwack for errands. I was monitoring 146.415 and overheard some great vario sounds when Andy was talking.

When I arrived back at the Ranch, Thomm offered to take me up for a flight after he had a great flight with some +3.5 m/s climbs (thanks!), and I joined Nicole and Rob who had been up for an hour already. I flew with them for an hour before flying out to finish up my chores getting to 850 meters a few time, but not as high as Rob who caught a few good ones to 1200 meters. Nicole top-landed to visit with Chris H as he arrived at launch. Rob says he got 3:15 today to improve his average, but Andy is still ahead of everyone this year with his 10:17 from this summer!

Bridal Report - Alan was the lone flier at Bridal, getting to 1000 meters a few times but otherwise scratching near launch.

9/20
Woodside
A mix of sun and cloud. 30 percent chance of showers. High 19.
30%
300° at 12 knots
-3.0°
/1000'
(unstable)

1330 meters
4300 feet
Woodside Report - Jeremy flew from 6:00 til 7:30 pm, and wondered where everyone was. Smooth ridge lift with mixed thermals. I didn't arrive until 7:10 so I missed him at the Ranch but did see him soaring the South Knoll on my drive from Chilliwack.

Woodside Webcam Update - after a power surge during last weeks rain, the webcam died. But it is back up and operational again. Email us if you see it malfunctioning again.

9/19
Stay Home
Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 18.
70%
190° at 13 knots
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

1250 meters
3800 feet
Fraser Valley Report - Alan says it got sunny at times, but just patches. Windy earlier, then it calmed down. No reports from Andy.

9/18
Woodside/Bridal
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches early this morning. High 20. UV index 5 or moderate.
0%
light and variable
-2.8°
/1000'
(unstable)

1250 meters
3800 feet
Woodside Report - an excellent day! Over 20 gliders in the air at 4:00 pm, all between 700 and 1100 meters. I flew three tandems; 0:45, 0:47 and 1:10 flying out when we got tired or cold. We had a HGer nearly run into us when thermalling near the north bowl, we were both turning in the same direction for several turns and I was pretty sure he saw us but he was closing on us from behind when I yelled and he had to pull in to go under us (apparently had never seen us cause his head was down). Close encounter!

9/17
Woodside/Bridal
Cloudy. Clearing near noon. Fog patches this morning. High 19.
0%
210° at 6 knots
-2.2°
/1000'
(stable)

1300 meters
4100 feet
Woodside Report - many good student flights: Mia - 6, John S - 4, Annette B - 4, trees - 0. The only thing that kept Martin awake at launch was Kirill's motor as he buzzed overhead (very stable conditions).

9/16
Woodside
Showers ending this afternoon then cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 17.
40%
290° at 8 knots
-2.2°
/1000'
(stable)

1200 meters
4100 feet
Woodside Report - rain and low clouds all day, apparently the forecast was a bit optimistic.

9/15
Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Local smoke. High 20.
60%
290° at 9 knots
-2.4°
/1000'
(unstable)

1000 meters
3100 feet
Woodside Report - Andy and John flew together around 1:30 pm.

Andy headed for the "white room", and John hung in for a while then hit huge sink all the way out. Andy hit the same sink landing at Joe's.

We headed back up and this time it was very soarable so I committed to flight with John and Andy. Good +5 m/s climbs, right to cloudbase at 1015 meters. I had flown about 1:30 when I heard my cell ring (expecting a tradesman at the Ranch this afternoon so I answered it). Sure enough, he was at the house so I had to head out to land, cutting short a really nice flight. So much for top-landing to retrieve the truck, I had to rely on Joe to get us back up for John's last ridge-soaring flight of the day. Al showed up around 6:30 and bagged a short flight before dark.

John's total airtime for the day was 2:15, enough to qualify for a novice rating on three flights!

Both John and Al have written their novice exams and are ready for sign-off after a few more flights.

9/14
Bridal or Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods. 60 percent chance of showers late this afternoon. Local smoke. High 20.
60%
310° at 9 knots
-2.4°
/1000'
(unstable)

1500 meters
4680 feet
Woodside Report - Andy and Barry were soaring while I was renovating the farmhouse. 3 flights each.

9/13
Bridal or Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 21.
0%
light and variable
-2.6°
/1000'
(unstable)

1500 meters
4680 feet
Woodside Report - Andy, Darren, Thomm all flew early on around noon, and only Andy stayed up. I drove a group up after 2:00 pm, and we all stayed up for as long as you wanted. I put on a little maneuver's clinic for Nicole when my glider frontalled and horse-shoed but it didn't turn so I continued flying. I top-landed after 0:58 to drive down as I had a sky-light project going and knew I would run out of daylight. Reports from Alan landing at Bridal sent David S and Larry over to Woodside, where they had good flights.

9/12
Bridal or Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 21.
0%
light and variable
-2.6°
/1000'
(unstable)

1500 meters
4680 feet
Woodside Report - I arrived at 4:00 pm, to do some renovations and it was quite cloudy and I watched Julie coming in to land. Andy, Barry, Julie and Darren flew most of the day. A bit of lift after 5:00 pm, as Darren top-landed to drive Julie's car down.

Burn's Bog Airshow Report - I was driving down south on the Alex Fraser Bridge and was rewarded with an excellent Airshow with 9 waterbombers dumping fire retardent on the Burn's Bog Fire. The cops were having trouble keeping people from parking on the roads to watch.


Photo from Dan Keen's back deck - copyright D. Keen
9/11
Bridal or Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods and 30 percent chance of showers in the AM. High 21.
30%
light and variable
-2.6°
/1000'
(unstable)

1500 meters
4680 feet
Woodside Report - we started flying early with John and Ben getting three flights before it got too strong for beginners. Then I took Ben for a nice tandem with the rest of the 20+ gliders in the air. Leonardo logged 2:30 on his Falcon! Others logged equal air time and Norm claims to have hit cloudbase at 1350 meters. Some landings at Riverside were a bit bumpy, so a bunch of us went to Harvest Market on the last flight. It never died down even as it got dark, so we went to dinner.

9/10
Sumas or Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods and 40 percent chance of showers. High 21.
40%
090° at 5 knots
-2.3°
/1000'
(stable)

1000 meters
3100 feet
Fraser Valley Report - a bad call all around, sorry folks.

Sumas was un-reachable due to the locked gate at the Park Entrance, Rob is going to work on that access soon.

Woodside was blown out all day, Andy hiked up and down by noon. We had a good two hour kiting session with Ben and Dan and others, getting them ready for their first solo flights.

Hopefully Sunday looks better.

9/9
Stay at Work
Cloudy. Showers beginning early this morning. Risk of a thundershower. High 19.
90%
310° at 17 knots
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

1000 meters
3100 feet
Woodside Report - Andy, Barry and Al flew 3 flights in light sprinkles. Andy had one extended flight but no wind and light conditions all around.

9/8
Woodside should be soarable today
Sunny with cloudy periods. Fog patches early this morning. High 23.
0%
280° at 15 knots
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2000 meters
6300 feet
Woodside Report - Andy flew around noon and landed because he was having low groundspeed readings, even stopped at times. He came back later but it was very windy until 7:00 pm, but everyone was gone.

9/7
Woodside should be soarable today
Sunny with cloudy periods. Fog patches early this morning. High 25.
0%
290° at 18 knots!
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2000 meters
6300 feet
Woodside Report - Andy, Mark and others flew Woodside. A bit weird at 800 meters, but virtually no wind in Riverside. An un-named pilot suffered an ankle fracture in Riverside during a good landing, apparently he just twisted his ankle and heard something crack. He needed a lift to Joe's where an ambulance took him to Chilliwack for treatment.

9/6
Bridal or Woodside should work today
Sunny with cloudy periods. Fog patches early this morning. High 23.
0%
light and variable
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2323 meters
7500 feet
Bridal Report - Mark F and Alan were heading out at 2:00 pm but no pilot reports. Weather looked awesome, at least from Vancouver while I was delivering the Ford Van to the new owners, an all-girl rock band heading out on a 9 week road trip to Ontario and Eastern US.

9/5
Bridal Falls or Woodside should work today
A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 21.
0%
310° at 6 knots
-2.6°
/1000'
(unstable)

1400 meters
4500 feet
Bridal Report - in a rare twist of events, Colleen and I flew Bridal around 1:30 pm as it was crowded at Woodside. We flew two flights to guide Al, who is nearly finished his training and to get him up to his required 5 sites before he is signed off.

Bridal was marginally soarable on the first flight and it just got better and better. I saw Mark F and Alan come back from Elk, but I couldn't climb up to the Saddle to join them. Mark made it to Ludwig and almost all the way back, while Alan got to the Lakes before turning back due to turbulence and weird air. When I left at 5:30 pm to head to Vancouver, Colleen had gone back up with Martina, Derek and Jack and they were all climbing out. Some pilots outlanded east of Bridal after getting blown over the back :-)

Woodside Report - lots of tandems being flung off early. Reports over the radio later in the day indicated a female on a yellow glider down in the trees, but apparently she was in the clearcut below the south knoll. Hmmm? No injuries according to eye witnesses.

Baby Leo Report - Baby Leo was born on Tuesday August 30th at 17:42Hrs, weighing 3.670Kg and was 52cm long.

Baby Leo is making only one meal a day . . . non-stop, and he's shown us he's a tough guy by not crying with the vitamin K shot nor the blood sampling.



Hope to see you soon!
Alma and Leonardo

9/4
Cornwall Mountain, near Ashcroft
A mix of sun and cloud. 60 percent chance of showers this afternoon with the risk of a thundershower. High 22.
60%
light and variable
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2300 meters
6800 feet
Savona Report - Annellies, Garth and Al flew Deadman's a few times, then went to the Toilet Bowl for some soaring flights. Al claims he got above the HGers for some time.

Woodside Report - Derek, Colleen and I managed a sled ride around 7:00 pm, after the rain blew through. Heavy downpours in the afternoon has greened up the Ranch over the weekend.

9/3
Savona, 30 kms west of Kamloops on Hwy 1
A mix of sun and cloud. 40 percent chance of showers this afternoon with the risk of a thundershower. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. High 22.
0%
light and variable
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

2500 meters
7700 feet
Savona Report - quite nice lift in places, even cloud sucky at times. Most PGs landed at the International LZ with little problems. Later it got up to 20 km/hr as forecasted but not good student conditions. The HGs mostly flew but no XCs committed to as the lift was concentrated over Deadman's.

9/2
Savona
Cloudy with sunny periods. 30 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thundershower late this afternoon. Wind east 20 km/h. High 25.
0%
240° at 10 knots
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

1750 meters
5400 feet
Woodside Report - when we were leaving town, Andy and Darren were soaring above Woodside with a big CU forming above them! We had a dinner commitment in Spences Bridge so we missed that flight.

Ashcroft Report - when we arrived at 11:00 pm, it was howling windy out from the south.

9/1
Woodside
Cloudy with sunny periods. High 22. UV index 4 or moderate.
0%
270° at 13 knots
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

1160 meters
3600 feet
Woodside Report - Andy, Darren, John, Barry, Justin and Julie were out flying. Marginal conditions, but you could soar if you worked hard. We overheard Rob S by "the Lakes" at 1400 meters, and heard Mark top-landed to retrieve his truck so it was more soarable at Bridal, as Woodside had high overcast all day. But at least it wasn't windy!

8/31
Woodside later
Clearing in the afternoon. High 21.
30%
light and variable
-2.5°
/1000'
(unstable)

1160 meters
3600 feet
Woodside Report - Darren was heading out and I tried Andy but no answer so he was probably at cloudbase over Woodside.

Woodside Report Update - Andy said it was phenomenal at Woodside, flying out to Eagle Ranch and then back to cloudbase from 10:30 am on. Darren top-landed twice test-flying his new Rush, so apparently he is very confident on it!

August 2005 Site of the Day archives - road trips to the Interior gave us an opportunity to rag out some gliders at FlyBC SIV 2005 (Part II). Also a great road trip to Savona.

July 2005 Site of the Day archives - good flying all month, no rain but some windy days shut us down. The Willi started in Golden with a few good days, but one tragedy as Charles Warren perished in a crash near Harrogate.

June 2005 Site of the Day archives - too much rain, but good days to fly between showers.

May 2005 Site of the Day archives - our Instructor/Tandem seminar yielded some good flying. Our May 2005 SIV Clinic had a good turnout, with many wet wings/pilots! Many nice flights at Woodside and Bridal, with some long "out & returns" at Bridal.

April 2005 Site of the Day archives - some great soaring at Woodside and Bridal. Sad news from the US Hanggliding Nationals as Chris Muller crashes at goal.

March 2005 Site of the Day archives - we had to head out of town to Savona a few weekends due to wet weather on the Coast. Wetter than normal according to Environment Canada.

February 2005 Site of the Day archives - some good soaring despite early time of year. Flights as long as 3 hours at Woodside, some good flights at Whidbey Island for first timers, too!

January 2005 Site of the Day archives road trips to Mexico, not much flying locally due to strong north winds and rain. Record rain kept Eagle Ranch quite wet for kiting.

December 2004 Site of the Day archives a dry month with some good soaring including a fantastic day on Dec. 11 where we thermalled for 2+ hours!

November 2004 Site of the Day archives more record rain. We installed a fireplace in the barn to keep pilots warm between winter flights.

October 2004 Site of the Day archives more record rain, but sweet soaring between showers. Many new students signed up and making quick progress. We missed the Women's Fly In for the first time in 9 years, and there was some interesting flying on the Sunday!

September 2004 Site of the Day archives rainiest September on record for the first 3 weeks, made flying difficult. But Alan and others logged some pretty nice flights later in the month. Lots of student tandems for both Colleen and Jim.

August 2004 Site of the Day archives Great Maneuver/SIV/ACRO course at Mara. Jack got wet! Some great soaring at Woodside. Norm made it 68 km from Mara to King Eddie, Derek made it from Lumby to Enderby the opposite direction for 67 kms. We also did our BC roadtrip from Ashcroft to New Denver, and flew everyday.

July 2004 Site of the Day archives the Willi was on at Golden. We missed the mayhem due to work and school commitments but Norm did a great job representing the West Coast.

June 2004 Site of the Day archives Canadian Nationals came off with many great rounds. Pemberton-Whistler Championships were blown out most days so we headed to Cornwall.

May 2004 Site of the Day archives great flying at Woodside and Bridal. We held a very successful SIV Course at Mara Lake, and hope to run another one in August if they keep the forests open.

April 2004 Site of the Day archives good flying in the Valley. The Fraser Valley Cross Country PG Series was successssful.

March 2004 Site of the Day archives Nicole won in Brazil, otherwise the month sucked for flying time.

February 2004 Site of the Day archives some local flights extended to an hour with vigourous scratching above the trees. Good paramotor month.

January 2004 Site of the Day archives Mexican road trip yielded 20 hours of flight and a wet Canadian January kept most local pilots on the ground.

December 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew a few times but it got really cold at the end of the month as we prepared for a gala New Year's Party for 40 of our close personal friends and neighbours.

November 2003 Site of the Day archives windy and wet with the odd good soaring day, not many pilots out these days.

October 2003 Site of the Day archives Women's Fly In was great fun, some good soaring days mid-month, most of the students are signed off.

September 2003 Site of the Day archives good conditions until the last days of the month when it got stable. Most days were flyable at Woodside or Bridal.

August 2003 Site of the Day archives Forest closures made the end of the month a non-flying period unless you headed to Blanchard. FlyBC SIV 2003 was a great success with 9 stunt pilots and no deployments or crashes.

July 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew most days early at Woodside until it got windy, then over to Bridal. Good Golden flying reports from the "Willi".

June 2003 Site of the Day archives we flew most weekdays at Bridal, Woodside worked most weekends. Bridal Air Races had one great day with only two tree landings!

May 2003 Site of the Day archives not a great weather month on the coast, especially on the weekends but a few pilots managed to get some great airtime at Bridal. The Nationals were held in Lumby and it didn't rain!

April 2003 Site of the Day archives rain for 28 of 30 April days, but we managed to get a few flights in between showers. Even the golfers were complaining!

March 2003 Site of the Day archives some high spring flights in early March, but not a great weather month. Still no HPAC Insurance!

February 2003 Site of the Day archives some nice long spring flights in late February. HPAC Insurance expired on Feb 14, so many pilots stayed home instead of getting USHGA coverage.

January 2003 Site of the Day archives lots of rain all month in BC so we bailed and headed to Tapalpa Mexico for three weeks. Norm and Lucille had a great XC flight the first day we arrived.

December 2002 Site of the Day archives lots of rain all month.

November 2002 Site of the Day archives not a great flying month, lots of rain in the beginning and then super stable and inverted for the balance of the month. Even the Savona Road Trip wasn't that great. Looking forward to Mexico!

October 2002 Site of the Day archives Still soarable some days, great fun at the Women's Fly In 2002 in Chelan. Allan logged 15 hours and only flew a few days. Most of the students are ready for signoff soon to get ready for Mexico trips!

September 2002 Site of the Day archives Still soarable most everyday! Some scary incidents at Woodside. Fun flying at Ashcroft.

August 2002 Site of the Day archives More spring-like days with super lapse rates, great fun up-country at Revelstoke and Mara, with some good XCs for all.

July 2002 Site of the Day archives Some spring-like days with super lapse rates, but still rather wet at times.

June 2002 Site of the Day archives another rainy and windy month with great lapse rates, some great flights at Bridal with some getting above Cheam Peak. The Club Cup was nearly rained out but they got one valid task in on Sunday June 30.

May 2002 Site of the Day archives an extremely rainy month with the more spring mayhem, another reserve deployment at Lil Nick and a pilot crashed at the top of Deroche Mountain, uninjured but with a ripped glider and long hike down the mountain. Colleen placed 5th place at the Canadian PG Nationals in rainy Lumby!

April 2002 Site of the Day archives a rainy month with the usual spring mayhem, one reserve deployment at Woodside and a pilot hit a parked car at Bridal LZ, fracturing his leg.

March 2002 Site of the Day archives a few great days days with lots of snow and rain mixed in.

February 2002 Site of the Day archives two epic days already (4.5 hours and 2.5 hours!).

January 2002 Site of the Day archives Mexico vacation shots, some local flying but it was wet on the coast.

December 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, wettest December on record, some good days sprinkled thru the month.

November 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, had some good days at Woodside +2 hours, lots of rain later in the month.

October 2001 Site of the Day archives pretty stable locally, but great flying at Chelan at the Women's Fly In.

September 2001 Site of the Day archives starting to get pretty stable, more sled rides forecast for October.

Aug 2001 Site of the Day archives Mara, Bridal, till some great flights locally

July 2001 Site of the Day archives Road Trip Month, Golden, Mara, points east!

June 2001 Site of the Day archives Great Month, 3 hours of airtime for some pilots every time they flew Bridal Lower! Some getting up to 6 hours in a single flight!

May 2001 Site of the Day archives Unstable Month, 2-3 hours of airtime for some pilots every time they flew Bridal Lower!

April 2001 Site of the Day archives Rainy Month, not as much airtime for some pilots

March 2001 Site of the Day archives Spring has Sprung!

February 2001 Site of the Day archives Spring is in the Air!

January 2001 Site of the Day archives - Mexico Flying Trip

December 2000 Site of the Day archives

November 2000 Site of the Day archives (great month for airtime!)

October 2000 Site of the Day archives

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