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South West Slopers

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

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slopeflyer

I reccied out the slope this afternoon. It did indeed seem like a very nice slope. It was windy too. Unfortunately the wind appeared to if been blowing from the west which was over the tip of the headland. I think xc said nnw which would of been straight on the slope. Is there a local slope to Weston that flys in a west if xc is wrong again tommorrow?
Am I right in assuming that middle hope is to the east of the trig point?
Cheers,
Jim.

bennyh

Jim, best bet would probably be crook peak near Compton bishop. West is a tricky direction in Somerset, but south west is good. See west Mendip soaring society website




geoffers

May 31, 2013, 21:53:33 pm #362 Last Edit: May 31, 2013, 22:06:00 pm by geoffers
Middle Hope is actually the small bay beyond the peak but "yes", we refer to the peak east of the trig as Middle Hope.

XC is showing 9 to 14 NNW for tomorrow, but if it's W you could try the church at Uphill at the southern end of Weston SM beach (nice big field to the right of the church), or as Ben said - Crook Peak is excellent:
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Thanks chaps. I reckon you could prolly fly a W at middle hope, there seems a nice run up off the sea with a bit of a bump at the top. Won't be epic but should be enough for a stick waggle.
Compass says that NNW is straight on off the sea, so fingers crossed tommorrow will be good. Kids enjoyed the walk up, but wanted to see daddy chuck the M60 off the cliff, Maybe tommorrow.
I doubt I'll bother with crook peak, there's a beach here, and we have buckets and spades.
Jim.

bennyh

A trip up crook peak this afternoon solved all the light winds of the morning, finally got to get my moulded out in some big sky. Bristol airport was reporting north West but below the peak it was definitely west.
Good to meet you this morning jim. Hope you get some conditions tomorrow
Ben



geoffers

Excellent day (including the DLG wing catch/launch attempt on my Sonata  :ev

Crook's was a plus after a superb pub lunch in Wedmore, with plenty of air to get the fully ballasted Sunbird out in - short video to follow (when it's finished uploading).

QuoteBristol airport was reporting north West but below the peak it was definitely west


Yep - all the recent metars for Lulsgate show NW - even varying East of N more recently : so definately some local wind anomalies in the area.
CURRENT METAR :
18:50Z 33008KT

EXPIRED METARs :
18:20Z 340 08KT 310 V 010
17:50Z 340 10KT 310 V 010
17:20Z 330 09KT
16:50Z 320 09KT
16:20Z 330 10KT   
Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

As promised, a short vid of this arvo's Crook sesh

Crook Peak Slope Soaring on Vimeo
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

June 01, 2013, 22:11:18 pm #367 Last Edit: June 01, 2013, 22:14:58 pm by slopeflyer
I think the sea breezes affect the general wind direction. They pull the prevailing around to the west. I had a great evening at sand point, wind was about 8-10 and super silky smooth like treacle.  It was WNW but still nice lift. Perfect, first coastal of the season and it didn't disappoint.

slopeflyer

Guys,  Heres your vid of the hand catch race!

Hand Catch Race on Vimeo

geoffers

Excellent  ;D .... idea was good, but execution somewhat suspect...

Liked the sunset sequence over on the vids thread...
Cheers, Geoff

slopeflyer

Quote from: geoffers on June 02, 2013, 21:37:57 pm
Excellent  ;D .... idea was good, but execution somewhat suspect...

Liked the sunset sequence over on the vids thread...

Thanks, glad you like it. Is it repaired yet? :D I remember you saying you liked repairs.
Those cows are too friendly. I read someone got trampled recently. I gave them a wide berth, but they were a little too interested on my trespassing on their turf. :eek

slopeflyer

June 04, 2013, 17:46:54 pm #371 Last Edit: June 05, 2013, 12:23:27 pm by slopeflyer
Some more light wind flying at sand bay.

Slope Soaring At Sand Bay on Vimeo

So what's the verdict on the easterly slope at crooks peak? Is that one of the better directions? What's the walk up like?
EDIT - Ignore this i checked out the west mendips site, and looks like east aint good.

Cheers,
Jim.

bennyh

Perhaps Brent knoll works in easterly?




geoffers

Cheers, Geoff


geoffers

June 06, 2013, 18:21:00 pm #375 Last Edit: June 06, 2013, 18:23:26 pm by geoffers
Fraid not, but plenty of hyperlinks to pics on Google Maps

Parking can be an issue, but there's a small park at the "P" then follow the dashes to the top. Probably flies most directions, I've but only bothered with E.

Cheers, Geoff

geoffers

June 30, 2013, 12:03:45 pm #376 Last Edit: June 30, 2013, 17:19:36 pm by geoffers
Flew "the Piste" on Dundry yesterday (Saturday), for the first time in a while: excellent with Lulsgate showing 260 @ 15-19kts - it's the only slope which really works there when the wind is West or trending North, and Maes Knoll becomes pants.

We used to park at Castle Farm, but the ownership has changed and haven't spoken to the farmer about parking there yet, but there's a couple of pull-ins opposite the Ewell Farm houses, so it's actually just as easy to access from there

<edit> Sunday: Perfect wind direction & strength (much more on the lip!) again this afternoon...</edit>
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Cheers, Geoff

bennyh

Just had a lovely dlg session at the downs in 30 degree heat. The juvenile peregrine falcons came and flew a few circuits with me, trying to scare me away. They managed to distract me enough to fly out of lift. I got a few decent thermals, gained 90m altitude. Dave now fancies a dlg... :-)

geoffers

A bit blustery tonight Ben, with wind all over the place, but some good lift out over the cliffs (though inevitably the best was always into the sun - actually logged 280ft :-) ) - young peregrine was out too, but not interested - maybe doesn't like the neon-pink.

Someone else was chucking a 'Lula around back up the "field", but didn't come near enough to chat (or maybe didn't fancy sussing out the gorge)
Cheers, Geoff

Eyeboy

Hi all!
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Thanks for the airtime.

Andy (Eyeboy)
Yeah you?

geoffers

March 10, 2014, 22:37:24 pm #380 Last Edit: March 10, 2014, 22:38:39 pm by geoffers
Let's try & get some life back in this thread in 2014   :''

Hopefully this may be of help to anyone sussing out good slopes in the area: IMO one of the best in the N.Somerset area for a Northerly or Southerly is Brean Down. Wind on Sunday at sea level was ~10kts but at the cliff edge it must have been at least double that with smooth and powerful lift, so a full load of ballast was the order of the day.

Best parking is at the Bird Gardens at the end of the road by the steps: costs 2quid but you can use your parking ticket to get £2 off a cuppa at the end of the day

Some unedited video of general hooning around yesterday...
http://vimeo.com/88681623
Cheers, Geoff

MooSey

wotcher ladies!

After 2 years of zero sloping I'm coming back to dear old blighty. How are the likes of White Sheet and Westbury White Horse? No slopes closed I hope.
Since I flogged my hanger I have the fun of aqquiring a new one :af

Looking forward to seeing you up the slopes again and god I've missed those green hills!

Mike

slopeflyer

Get bored of all that sea, sand and sunshine? Or just had enough of the natives?

MooSey

Better paid job, 6 weeks on abroad then 6 weeks off :af

Time for those green hills and shiny new toys!!

And despite there being a gorgeous warm wind all year round there are no decent sights to use it and getting gear over here means importing which costs $$'s. There is a power club. But squinting at the sun and dodging the cactus whilst getting sunburnt is not my idea of a nice day out flying.

With time more time at hand i'm hoping to get further afield so should meet up with some of you guys.