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South West Slopers

Started by rumbey, November 25, 2009, 16:19:58 pm

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bennyh

Easterly is difficult. You could consider
1. Crook Peak (see slopesoaring.org.uk)
2. Lockleaze park in Bristol (better in SE and v.small slope)
3. Rodborough common (see scsa.org.uk)

OldSkool097

Many thanks for the pointers.

We tried Rodborough Common yesterday, but wind had moved to the NE so unfortunately no-go. That and the whole county seemed shrouded in mist! - C'est la vie.
Will try again today, hope that wind arrives and stays in one direction  ::)

Ian

bennyh

If it's north east you can go to East dundry south bristol. The slope is just north of maes knoll and has a footpath running along the top. We like the sw slope at maes best though!

OldSkool097

Cheers, weather and wind dependent, we might give that a go later today.  :af

bennyh

Dundry is veiled in fog. I'd give it a miss today.

OldSkool097

We have, back into the workshop for us  :uk:
Many thanks for the heads-up.

Ian

geoffers

Quote from: bennyh on October 22, 2012, 13:45:57 pm
Dundry is veiled in fog. I'd give it a miss today.
Paticularly if those hungry trees on the NE slope are hiding in the mist  :o

Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

ooh, that's tempting indeed. Could well be persuadable on that one but might need to bring the Mrs along for a stroll. Will charge up the polecat.

w8racer

Quote from: geoffers on October 22, 2012, 17:53:04 pm
Paticularly if those hungry trees on the NE slope are hiding in the mist  :o

Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af

I used to fly at Crook Peak in my youth. I was wondering why you choose to fly at Brean Down rather Crook Peak? Is access easier?
Robert Welford

bennyh

Access is fine if coming from the South, but a bit of a pain from the North as you have to do a loop round Burnham. Coming from North to Crook isn't great either! The coastal lift at Brean is lovely in a N or S, whereas N isn't much cop at Crook. If there aren't too many members of the public around, we may even pop the planes down the back side at Brean....Not sure DS is possible at Crook, but would like to be told otherwise.

geoffers

October 23, 2012, 20:04:17 pm #330 Last Edit: October 23, 2012, 20:07:39 pm by geoffers
Quote from: bennyh on October 23, 2012, 18:27:08 pm
The coastal lift at Brean is lovely in a N or S, whereas N isn't much cop at Crook.
Yep - it's the superb coastal lift which makes Brean such good value for N or S'ly.

Actually Ben - the N slope is excellent at Crook's (as are most directions, though the Easterly aspects are slightly less so). WMSA aren't happy with DS on the hill, as it's NT land with many general public walkers accessing the top.
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh


geoffers

Quote from: geoffers on October 22, 2012, 17:53:04 pm
Saturday looks like it's shaping up for a good day at Brean Down - XC showing Northerly 13mph with full sun, so maybe a chance to check out the dark-side  :af
Quote from: bennyh on October 23, 2012, 12:09:11 pm
ooh, that's tempting indeed. Could well be persuadable on that one but might need to bring the Mrs along for a stroll. Will charge up the polecat.

Looking even better now  :af
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Hope to get there 1ish: probably flying from the end of the headland, rather than the mid-point
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh


geoffers

Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Quote from: geoffers on October 14, 2012, 18:08:28 pm
'bout time you made your mind up about that DLG Ben  :'' - superb energy over the Sea Walls this arvo.
Looks like it should be good for some more DLG action on the downs this afternoon...
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

Quiet round here, innit  :''

Thought I'd get the ball rolling with some video I took a couple of weekends ago - the wind was in the South East, so thought I'd check out the SE slope at Maes again, and it was good :af
A couple of Jelly-fish were leaving as I arrived, as they reckoned the wind was a bit too S. for them (giving some turbulence over the trees), but it was excellent for the good ol' Speedo

Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Very nice Geoff. My flying has been on ice for so long I doubt I can fly like that now! I'm interested to know how you got such a wide angle on your camera and how you fixed it to your noggin.
Slope looks very promising.
See you out there soon!

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bennyh

Well we went to this slope yesterday and in a comedy of disasters left without even switching on a transmitter. The storm arrived just as we arrived at the ridge and with it came some quite large hail stones. Geoffers had an incident climbing over a gate, surprisingly good planes escaped unscathed
Hopefully next time then, still not flown this year. :'(

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J.smack

Good evening my lovely peeps. I feel like im in a catholic confession booth/thing. Its been a long time since my last post, but much to the horror of most of you, i feel the time is right to return to a season or 2 of slope soaring. I have to say it will be most delicious to chat with you guys again and i have missed dearly our lazy "put the world to rights" discussions. So, 1st up is this.........
1. i need a TX. currently have 35mhz rx in my Luna 2, is a Futaba 9cp still ok? i really need advice on whats what now. I looked at the 2.4 8ch but need to know if it has crow/butterfly and how the mixes are? Is the Spektrum still shite with sailplanes?
2. I may be purchasing a new mouldie. I always loved the scorps,(never owned one though) but if anyone has ideas/is selling a decent f3f, f3j type for a decent price.... let me know

My Feet!
1x left
1x right

bennyh

Don't see any reason to move from 35mhz, the band just gets clearer every day! If desperate you could fit a frsky module to the futaba for quite low cost.

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bennyh

Just picked up a second hand blaster 3. It's ready to fly so just need to get out and do some trimming before the sea walls are on! I also need to learn to launch the thing but Kevin helpfully gave me a lesson to get started. It's got 2s Lipo with regulator and sd150 servos. I'm planning to go without the reg but I seem to remember Geoff having problems with this. Any dlg tips welcomed


geoffers

Sat looks it could be light SSE & sunny, so should be some lift at Lockleaze: plenty of space for spinning, and possible slope/slermalling too (Downs is probably still set up for footie on Saturdays  :-\ )
Quoteplanning to go without the reg - remember Geoff having problems with this
I run SD100s with unregulated 2s no problem, but have had both SD150s in my B3 give up on me, so I run them with regulator now (using a Recom reg. built into the openAltimeter)
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Funny that the Diddy ones do better than the bigger sd150. I'll put the regulator back in or go to 1s in that case. Hope for some action on saturday

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geoffers

April 20, 2013, 14:17:34 pm #344 Last Edit: April 20, 2013, 14:19:38 pm by geoffers
Shame you couldn't make Lockleaze this am. Ben : I just couldn't resist - booming lift (but brutal sink too)  :ev
Hopefully Seawalls will deliver later.
2nd chuck - 900ft...... :nananana:
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Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

First sloping of the year today at Maes. Very fine indeed. Swinger flew, um, interestingly - have some issues to iron out there. Ocelot was fantastic, and only decided to shed her tailplane when I really was landing for the last time!

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bennyh

Had some good slermal fun at lockleaze on Thursday. Got away in a boomer with Tim on the Alula, forgot to put my altimeter in though, doh!
We ended with the Alula in the top of a tall tree. Tim came back with climbing gear. Rescue involved jumar up a rope  and two avalanche probes!
The b3 is excellent for this spot, and it's only 5 mins drive away.

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geoffers

May 27, 2013, 19:24:48 pm #347 Last Edit: May 27, 2013, 19:28:06 pm by geoffers
Brean Down came up trumps again, in a good strong Southerly  :af.

Camera wasn't pointing up enough, but managed to edit out some footage

http://vimeo.com/67072533
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Great stuff Geoff, you definitely had a better time than we did!
Love Zeppelin BTW.

slopeflyer

Nice Geoffers. So is the northerly slope as good?
Next weekend says northerly/nnw so I'm tempted... :D

geoffers

May 29, 2013, 06:57:02 am #350 Last Edit: May 29, 2013, 07:02:45 am by geoffers
Yep - North is great too, not sure how far west of north it works though as the headland is oriented to favour slightly east of north. There's also Sand Point north of W.S.M which favours slightly W. of North
Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Watch out for the man-eating goats!



geoffers

Forgot to mention - park at the Bird Gardens (beyond the main Nat. Trust car park) & you can refund the cost of the £2 car-park fee if you spend more than £2 in their café when you come back
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Thanks, Bird gardens? Is that at bream or sand point? What's the LDZ like at sand point? Where do you fly from, is it obvious? How long is the walk up? Do you have any pics or vid of sand point?
Trying to convince the family they need a weekend at the seaside right now.
Cheers,
Jim.

geoffers

May 29, 2013, 18:04:14 pm #354 Last Edit: May 29, 2013, 18:15:51 pm by geoffers
Quote from: slopeflyer on May 29, 2013, 10:24:37 am
Bird gardens? Is that at bream or sand point?
What's the LDZ like at sand point? Where do you fly from, is it obvious? How long is the walk up? Do you have any pics or vid of sand point?

Doh - Bird Gardens is at Brean - there's parking on the beach (£3) then a large obvious National Trust capark at the end, but beyond that is the Bird Garden parking

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I was flying at the 1st X on this image, but it's good at the far end too with DS possibilities as per the link below

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This shows the car park & secret steps up to the peak at Sand Point (Middle Hope) - loads of lovely grass for landing on. You often get some Jellyfish / HGs here, but they're generally pretty friendly.

This is looking back at the peak from the point itself
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Some vid of flying at Middle Hope here (not actually on the peak as it was a maiden, so more grass to land out on here)  http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,82545.msg947424.html#msg947424

And some DS action in a Northerly at Brean here http://www.rcmf.co.uk/4um/index.php/topic,61484.msg687514.html#msg687514
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Thanks Geoff, nice report and that landing area looks huge. Hope to be there on Sat/Sun if weather plays ball.
Cheers,
Jim.

slopeflyer

May 30, 2013, 17:25:36 pm #356 Last Edit: May 30, 2013, 17:27:44 pm by slopeflyer
Some toys packed, slopers and DS. Winds holding steady at NNW for Sand Point. First coastal slope soar of the year. Woohoo cant wait.
Not sure anyone you will read this before, is there enough room to land a scalie at the top of hope peak? Id need a flat bit out of the wind. Or should i stick to the spot you mention in X?
Hope some of you locals can make it for a fly.
Cheers,
Jim.

geoffers

Peak might be a bit tight, but it's only a few yards walk to plenty of flat ground behind.

Will try to make it on Sat - have PM'ed you with my mobile if you want to let me know when you'll be there .

Wonder if Benny can get a pass out from baby sitting  :''
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Look forward to it, the asw20 is on charge, will take it if there is space after the buckets and spades are packed. :D

bennyh