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Offline Mike Thomas

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My final flight of 2013
« Reply #26 on: December 29, 2013, 10:08:33 AM »
I've had my best paragliding year in 14 years in 2013, so was really pleased to see the sun out and lightish SW wind yesterday. Up to my local hill I went and as it was too strong, I waited. Of course the action of getting my wing from the car caused it to become too light, so I was relegated to one beat and some ground handling for 30 mins. As I t's not an agreed site I built up quite an audience ground handling which I didn't like, but they got bored when I mushroomed it up. As luck would have it the wind picked up again, so I was able to enjoy 15 mins with reasonable height just as it was getting dark. A great way to end my 2013 flying. Roll on 2014!

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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #25 on: December 29, 2013, 09:56:43 AM »
Remember the summer? Well here's some windy dune soaring I videoed at Capbreton in 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmZc6qFPX6A&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share

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Mike T in 2013 - Winter soaring on the South Downs
« Reply #24 on: November 24, 2013, 14:04:35 PM »
It was forecast to be windy, but Wendy said it was 10 - 15 mph averaging 12 North, so I thought I'd drive down to Devils * to take a look. There was one chap on a 777 flying then I turned up, and another joined him as I was setting up, by which time the first pilot had got to Truleigh. The three of us had the ridge to ourselves for a while when another pilot called Carol launched, so then it was four.
My hands had got very cold on my first trip, and my harness needed adjusting so I flew back to launch, landed to sort myself out and then had another go.
Keeping out front in order not to get drilled, it was lifty all the way with some wintery green views over the south downs.
 When I got back to the * the wind had picked up a little, meaning I was doing a fair bit of hovering on my way back to the paddock, and this was my queue to call it a day and leave it to the massing hang gliders.
A cracking hour spent in smooth conditions with no-one to get in the way. Lovely.
 There's a short video here:


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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #23 on: July 07, 2013, 21:33:15 PM »
Well done Mike. Great Blogs 8)  Looks like U had a great week.. Met up with Reech at Blorenge today and asked him why he wasn't Filming his flight? Now I know you have taken over with your Docu style commentary vids;) You'll be presenting the One Show next ;)


Catch you soon!

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Piedrahita Day 7
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2013, 16:27:07 PM »

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Piedrahita Day6
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2013, 08:23:37 AM »
Wow, day 6. What a day. A light SE was forecast, so we drove up to launch and waited for the thermals to start kicking off, but the birds weren't getting high. Hans took one for the group and launched first. He performed valiantly but to no avail and landed in the valley. Jorge was asked to get him. A couple of French pilots launched later and things started improving, though they hardly got above take off. Then they did and we were like penguins jumping into the sea. 
I launched with four others and it was straight into a thermal in front of take off. That took me up to 2800m or so, and Steve suggested we push out front again, four of us made it this time, Hans, Nigel, Jakub and myself. Oh and Steve of course. 
From then on I spent an age on the mountain in front trying to get My chest strap lad loosened, making it uncomfortable to thermal so I pushed out into the valley NW of Piedrahita to find some stable air to quickly adjust it. I eventually made it to the Red Roofs but never got much above 2050m. I hung around there for ages but kept getting pushed back to the river when I took a climb, but once I got to 2600m I eventually flew West to the hill I landed at on day 5. At the end f the plain I encountered a big climb which took me to 3500m. Jakub said on the radio he'd briefly got sucked in at 3600m, so I stopped turning 100m early. Good job as I still went up. Off to my hill 20km from Pena Negra I went, and then turned back. Another climb to 3100m, ascending 200m in a straight line and a 18km glide back to Piedrahita with a tail wind. Yup the wind was now from the West.
I couldn't get down at Piedrahita, as everything was going up, so I flew back to a blue hole and turned in sink to lose a few hundred metres. 
3 hours in the air, 3500m, and a Personal Best out and return of 20km each way. Classic.
 
Flight details are:
http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:mikejtpg/6.7.2013/12:24
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http://youtu.be/EvYm4Oqdt4E
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Piedrahita Day 5
« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2013, 08:23:53 AM »
Cheers Stu. I'm enjoing doing the flying  ;D  Here's day 5.
A NE forecast, but it turned out stonger than day 4, so Steve suggested we push North (West) over to the mountains at the front and then beyond. It was hard going to start with, and I was considering pushing out into the valley low as I was sinking near the Chalets. Thankfully some of our group found lift and I was able to thermal back up to 2200m above launch, and ended up doing a few 360's with Hans again. Steve pushed out front early and actually bombed out which was unusual, and illustrated there was little happening in the valley.
Jakub, Nigel and I made it to the mountains to the front, and those two went off, whilst I waited for a better climb which I got. A screamer up to 2850m with lovely views for miles around, and which allowed me to glide out towards the hill at Puente del Congosto near the lakes and a river. I made it at hill height and took a rough climb to 2000m, but it was rough and made me uncomfortable. Pushing to the windward side of the hill, I experienced more rough stuff, very broken, and had my first small collapse on my Rush 3. Time to land then, as I was more scared than having fun. The landing was uneventful, but noticable that the wind had increased.
A very enjoyable 1.5hours in the air and another 23km logged. It's not all about distance and time though, but quality, and that flight was a quality one.
No evening flight as it was crossed to the East on launch, so we had a couple of beers in the bar up top. One tip, if the dog looks wet don't pet it. It has a penchant for cow sh i t
 
 

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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #19 on: July 04, 2013, 23:40:25 PM »
Well done Mike;) Loving your Daily Blogs!! Keep it up!!
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Piedrahita day 4 - El Barco x2
« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2013, 08:18:33 AM »
There were no climbs above 2400m on day 4, despite the forecast and it was tricky to stay up at the start. So tricky in fact that most landed well short or El Barco, the interim goal, as there had been thoughts of going over the Cherry Tree valley.
I landed even shorter at the Chalets, but was able to get a lift back up to launch with Joge our retrieve driver, and had another go.
This time for me it was much better. Again it was small climbs with nothng more than 2000m near launch, and I slowly progressed West up the valley, pushing out to get the climbs and never getting above 1800m. However, West of the solar farm, a small climb I took drifted back to the mountain and turned into a 3.4m/s screamer up to 2433m, and from then on it was easy. I arrived at Barco to the North at about this height, with views up the valley to the lake beyond, and decided to head for a big field 8km West of the town. Again I arrived with plenty of height, and as I didn't want to gp any further given the low max height and lack of landings, I burned it off and landed for a 28km XC. A very satisfying 1.5 hours in the air.
After picking up the rest of the group from a bar in Barco, we headed ack back with the plan of a 18:30 ride back up to launch and a goal of Barco again. This time it was much easier with small climbs near Pena Negra, but then a smooth 2m/s big climb up to 2650m opposite the solar farm.
Five of our group made it, and I arrived high for a boat around before heading back East to find a big field to land in, as it was a strong NE lower dow. Another 20km xc and an hour in the air.
A very satisfying day http://youtu.be/p4sxlqEdFCw

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Piedrahita Day 3
« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2013, 08:29:32 AM »
Day 3  promised a lot with a 3600m base, but it was not to be. The SW'rly wind was just too strong over the back for the thermic flow on the front to overcome. We gave up after a few hours with plans to return at 17:30 and a late XC.
When we arrived it was now on the hill but blatting through, so more parawaiting was called for. One of our group Hans decided to be the first off at 18:52, and although he got low initially, he was soon high, and even higher at 3300m when getting a climb at the cemetery. He went on to do a rapid 43km, which was well impressive for so late on in the day.
I took off about 45 minutes after Hans, and after a bit of a ropey launch, I boated around on the hill for a while and then went looking for any remaining restitution in the valley. Hans and the French pilots had used up all of it, so it was a gentle glide out for me, landing about 21:00.
One of our party, one Rob Couper leaves today which is a shame as he is a thoroughly nice chap and it was good flying with him.

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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2013, 16:16:09 PM »
Lovely sky Mike!
Lots of memories there for me 8)

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Piedrahita Day2
« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2013, 09:00:03 AM »
The blurb on You Tube gives a detailed description, but needless to say it was strong ;-)
 

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Piedrahita 2013 - day1
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2013, 08:46:44 AM »
Day 1 of my annual pilgrimage visit to Piedrahita with flypiedrahita.com, for what will hope to be a fun week of cross country flying. It's always a long day the first day, with an early start and a late evening flight. WE landed at 10pm, had dinner closer to 11pm, and I had the bright idea to stay up until 4am editing and learning how to use the new editing software I have and waiting for my laptop to process it!
The flight itself was smooth, with us launching from lower down as it was a little blowy on top, with some East in the direction. Lovely evening views were to be had, so here's hoping for day two, and that I get quicker with my editing, or it'll be a bi-daily blog!

 

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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2013, 23:21:34 PM »
Cheers Stu. It was great to catch up and meet new people. I always feel so welcome with the SWWSC club, so even the parawaiting is a pleasure!

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Re: Mike T in 2013
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2013, 11:40:22 AM »
Nice Vid Mike!! It was awesome to watch all the Paragliders from the Ground(wish i was in the air;)


Watched that Sailplane do a very low flyby of Take-Off, Awesome machine,you could here the "Wooosh" as it whizzed passed:)


Nice Weekend!!
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