Day 7 – Norwegian Tour

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09:15 Morning in Bassano   While the rest of the Alps are taking a rest today from XC flying due to very poor conditions, we start our final day in Bassano. The northern flow brought the fresh and buoyant airmass as far as to Italian Voralpen. Normally at this time of the season Bassano stays very stable, hardly allowing climbs higher than 1200 m. However today we have almost a spring situation with early cumulus clouds popping up over Montegrappa … Read More

Day 6 – Norwegian Tour

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10:35 Driving to Seiss, passing by Feltre   After another cold front passed through yesterday, the Austrian Alps are suffering from NW flow again and it is a fair bit of a task to find a good area for flying today. In classical spots such as Greifenburg or even Gemona the cloudbase is predicted to be very poor. The forecast is also calling rain showers for the afternoon. These conditions together with NW wind could put anybody down, however our … Read More

Day 3 – Russian Course

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8:00 Morning   Today the weather forecast looks much better for Italy, so we are leaving early and hoping to have some good flying! No livetracking today, but there will be some good photos, we are sure! Morning briefing   13:00 Pizzoc After two and a half hours drive we are at the Pizzoc launch, getting ready for an ambitious task from Vittorio Veneto to Bordano. Pizzoc launch 15:00 Flying   As it turned out, the forecast was too optimistic. … Read More

Training Day – Russian Course

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10:16 Morning   The course starts only tomorrow but all our pilots are already here at the Emeberger launch, getting ready to fly! For some of them it will be their first ever flight in Greifenburg! Emeberger launch 10:45 On the Take off The conditions aren’t great: even though the winds are light SE, the overcast skies make everyone’s staying up quite difficult. Artur goes first on the red Gecko. Artur on red Gecko Everyone follows right away! Only Edward isn’t … Read More

Second bonus flight. 155 km Triangle over Grossvenediger and Grossglockner.

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To catch two birds with one rock, or more appropriately to catch two rocks in one flight, that is to fly over two most spectacular summits of Austrian Alps — Großglockner and Großvenediger isn’t something that you can impress your grandma with on any given day.  We had the prediction for the cloudbase to be 4500m in the area of the Main chain, so Gerolf set this audacious and bold call. However while we were brisky approaching the main chain from the side of … Read More

Bonus Flight 1. Back and forth over the Main Alpine Chain

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After finishing the course in Slovenia we managed to fly two bonus flights set by Gerolf in Austrian Alps. The first 170 km triangle was set with two crossings over the Main Chain which made it an outstanding special flight along and across remote icy ridges. This kind of flying doesn’t happen too often… Tracks of the day Other Stories. Course Diary First days in Julian Alps – Tolmin, Slovenia Day 4. Chasing the Wind – Tolmin, Slovenia Day 5 – Tolmin, … Read More

Days 6 and 7 – Tolmin, Slovenia

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The NE wind in forecast for the 6th day chased us away from Tolmin to Italy again. In area of Aviano the ESE wind was spot on on the take off, so the whole team was inspired to have another interesting task set by Gerolf. Unfortunately an unexpected over-development, which wasn’t on the menu for the day, jinxed our flying plans. Nevertheless it was a good moment for Gerolf and Noma to help some other participants with adjusting their gliders’ settings. Day 7 wasn’t flyable … Read More

Day 5 – Tolmin, Slovenia

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Tracks of the day Good things come to those who can wait. Today we finally have the bright sun and clear sky with high cloud base on the afternoon. The 120 km task we are flying is set with an idea of attending all the ridges in Tolmin area including the scenic rocky divide between Socha and Bohinj lake, Krasj-Polovnik ridge with a glance on Bovec and a final part is an extended racing ride past Stole towards Gemona and … Read More

Day 4. Chasing the Wind – Tolmin, Slovenia

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Tracks of the day Weather is still recovering and our fourth day was predicted to be rather short with thunderstorms in the end, therefore it wasn’t easy to find a right spot which would work for us allowing to fly a XCountry from A to B. After contemplating the weather maps for the whole evening Gerolf thought we have to give it a shot and fly from Vittorio Veneto to Bordano. So we drove to Italy. After taking off from … Read More

First days in Julian Alps – Tolmin, Slovenia

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Tracks of the day For the last few weeks Europe has been slowly sinking down under the enormous rainfalls. So we unfortunately can’t say the weather is favoring us with splendid conditions, however our willingness to move around chasing the best we can get out of it rewarded us with a nice 60 km task on the day when nobody would think it could be possible to fly at all.  Setting up the gliders was challenged by the cloud sitting exactly at … Read More

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