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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #320 on: October 17, 2009, 17:50:24 PM »
So where does it look like tomorrow?

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #321 on: October 17, 2009, 18:02:53 PM »
So where does it look like tomorrow?

Steve

Hmm. XCWeather says 5mph SW - so it's between Frocester and Haresfield. Haresfield is 10 mins from me, Frocester is 30, so I know which I'd prefer - but then again I've got my balsa/film 'Relic' patched up now and I'd like to fly that one again, so the Scaresfield landing is a bit hairy - a SW wind is definitely better on the small bowl than the main slope, but the landing there is death to crunchies (at my beginner skill level with that thing anyway).

Having said that, the landing at Frocester isn't that much friendlier. So, basically, I suppose that means 'I don't know'...



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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #322 on: October 17, 2009, 18:09:52 PM »
Hmm. XCWeather says 5mph SW

Oh yes - and it will be *cold*. I'm alright, I bought one of those transmitter muffs from the classified ads on here that needs to be maidened as well, but anybody lacking a muff  :'' might like to bring some thick gloves, a coat... and a hot drink!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #323 on: October 17, 2009, 18:10:22 PM »
Looks like Frocester for me

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #324 on: October 17, 2009, 19:57:20 PM »
Whichever slope Yoyo is going to be on tomorrow . . . .



. . . .I won't!!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #325 on: October 17, 2009, 20:59:16 PM »
Whichever slope Yoyo is going to be on tomorrow . . . .



. . . .I won't!!
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No worries, I'll hunt you down...

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #326 on: October 17, 2009, 23:11:08 PM »
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Sounds like a lot of fun! I like the idea of night flying too!
tis till you realise your the only one there, and it's damn cold
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #327 on: October 17, 2009, 23:40:36 PM »
My models survived a lot longer when I stopped flying at Frocester and went to Cleeve hill instead. For me it is a bit closer to Cleeve hill so when the wind is SW I head for the radio masts. :)
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #328 on: October 18, 2009, 07:28:48 AM »
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #329 on: October 18, 2009, 08:59:15 AM »
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
Guy

OK, so I was thinking about setting out in 30 mins or so for Frocester.. or is Cleeve worth a look instead?

I don't know it at all - where do you park and where do you fly from? (Useful for the future even if people are heading for Frocester today)

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #330 on: October 18, 2009, 09:38:30 AM »
Would love to get out and fly at some point this weekend but have the folks with me so will probably struggle. Will try and get out later (especially if the wind picks as predicted).
 :xx
Will defo fly at Cleeve one day especially after the good comments Tony has made about it in the past.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #331 on: October 18, 2009, 09:48:50 AM »
Well, there's no wind in my garden at the moment so may go up later, if it picks up

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #332 on: October 18, 2009, 12:46:20 PM »
Well, there's no wind in my garden at the moment so may go up later, if it picks up

Steve

I went to Frocester this morning, where lift varied from some to none - OK for a Gentle Lady but not much else...

Went to Haresfield on the way home where Glenn was trying out his new toy. Went quite well except for the wings falling off every time he landed  ;D

There was also a friendly paraglider there. By the time I left the lift seemed to be slowly improving, so it looks adequate for later on.

You'll all be glad to know my muff is lovely and warm.  :''
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #333 on: October 18, 2009, 19:15:42 PM »
Where was everyone today? $%& Got to Froster just after midday to find the hill empty with the wind smack on at about 10mph. Had 2.5 hours to myself.  :af
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #334 on: October 18, 2009, 19:17:45 PM »
XC said it was SSW so I didn't bother.

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #335 on: October 18, 2009, 21:23:07 PM »
Tony,
Do many fly out at Cleeve Common?
Guy

In the warmer days of summer there have been up to a dozen or more. Today I was alone for most of the afternoon. My EG flew well, got in a fair bit of practice flying nearer to the slope and staying airborne. A father/son team turned up with a beautiful crunchie model. During a chat I found they had no experience at all. I recommended they join a club and get a foamie to learn with. Let the lad have a go with EG. Three landings later they agreed, so we may get some new members for our club. Meanwhile I am doing some minor repairs to one of my models. :''
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #336 on: October 18, 2009, 21:37:41 PM »
Head for the radio masts. When you can see the car park, stop. On you left is a gate and stile. Pull onto the verge,either side of the road.
Over the stile, follow the path past the power cables about a hundred yards, then anywhere along that path for the next three hundred yards or more is the slope for SW wind.
When landing dont pass the tree/shrub line behind you, turbulence does some (not so)funny things to foamies back there.
Personally I prefer Cleeve Hill to Frocester, not that I have never crashed there, my planes seem to survive better. Lso the trees are not so voracious or high. :''
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #337 on: October 18, 2009, 22:19:16 PM »
It looks like an awesome place.  I had a drive with the family which, funnily enough, happened to end up at Cleeve Hill! Fantastic backdrop and a lovely wide slope. I will definately be thinking about trying that place on the next decent SW we get. Can't leave it all to Tony!!!
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Had a 30 min fly at Frocester just before dusk. Naff all wind - even the Higlight was struggling. Away for most of the week now so hope i'll get a fly in next weekend.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #338 on: October 19, 2009, 13:40:48 PM »
Hey guys, I need some specific directions on how to find Cleeve Hill. I went for a drive, on Sunday afternoon, but ended up in a small parking area near Cleeve Cloud golf course. Even though there were hills nearby, I couldn't tell where the slope was that you are all talking about!!

Just looked at an OS map view, in Multimap, and I now realise where I went wrong. Might give it another go, next weekend if the wind is in the right direction.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #339 on: October 19, 2009, 14:36:44 PM »
Hey guys, I need some specific directions on how to find Cleeve Hill. I went for a drive, on Sunday afternoon, but ended up in a small parking area near Cleeve Cloud golf course. Even though there were hills nearby, I couldn't tell where the slope was that you are all talking about!!

I made the same mistake myself the first time I looked for it! I've tried to link a map to this post but can't so the advice i'd give is, if you've found the radio masts, you've found the slope. The flying slope is on the escarpment just a stones throw below the masts. There is good parking (although I can imagine in the summer months it gets a tad busy) only yards away from the slope.
Will hopefully see you there some day!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #340 on: October 19, 2009, 15:52:43 PM »
I found this map,



or map

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #341 on: October 19, 2009, 17:50:57 PM »
I'm guessing that you all already know about this site, but just in case.
There's a website called Slopehunter that has most of the decent hills marked on it. This is a link to his map page. You just then need to scroll towards Cleeve Hill and zoom in.
Select the Satellite view and off you go.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #342 on: October 19, 2009, 17:53:58 PM »
Comes up URL not found....

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #343 on: October 19, 2009, 17:56:29 PM »
I'm guessing that you all already know about this site, but just in case.
There's a website called Slopehunter that has most of the decent hills marked on it. This is a link to his map page. You just then need to scroll towards Cleeve Hill and zoom in.
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=103290592315162107965.000455d330c2eab44f708&ll=51.144894,-0.318604&spn=0.859804,2.460938&z=9
Select the Satellite view and off you go.


Worked a treat for me! Just had to select Cleeve Hill (which was approximately 2/3 down the list), zoom in on it and Bob's your uncle! First clear map i've seen that shows the telegraph poles and the car park right besides them.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #344 on: October 19, 2009, 18:33:57 PM »
Andy,

clicked on it again and it worked just fine, too, this time.

PC's and all the rest of what goes with them can be a little trying at times....

Haven't you noticed....?

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #345 on: October 19, 2009, 19:51:15 PM »
I started collecting information on slopes at
http://www.ebley.plus.com/slopesites2.htm

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #346 on: October 21, 2009, 19:08:38 PM »
With all the W and SW winds predicted for this weekend it looks like Cleeve Hill might be the slope of choice. I'm certainly keen to try it especially as the inds are going to be pretty strong!
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Just hope it stays dry!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #347 on: October 22, 2009, 07:54:45 AM »
With all the W and SW winds predicted for this weekend it looks like Cleeve Hill might be the slope of choice. I'm certainly keen to try it especially as the inds are going to be pretty strong!
 :af
Just hope it stays dry!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #348 on: October 23, 2009, 09:13:54 AM »
There is a weather station at Aston Down

http://www.cotswoldgliding.co.uk/members/weather

I will give Haresfield a go this afternoon

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #349 on: October 23, 2009, 09:22:44 AM »
Me too. I'm getting withdrawal symptoms...

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #350 on: October 23, 2009, 13:06:07 PM »
Might give Cleeve Hill a try on Sunday morning.

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #351 on: October 23, 2009, 16:34:56 PM »
Friday afternoon at Haresfield

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #352 on: October 23, 2009, 16:45:35 PM »
That's me flying my Slipstream! I also flew my ProdiJ; Andy D (Tiger) flew his PJ and a Zagi and Phil a Zagi. Sunny and very mild. Look at the colours.

The rotor was gentle and the lift smooothe and good. The Paragliders couldn't make too much of it!

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #353 on: October 23, 2009, 17:28:05 PM »
Might give Cleeve Hill a try on Sunday morning.

Me too - hopefully.

Just leaving Haresfield because my 800mAh battery is going flat. It's been beautifully smooth with loadsof lift and only me and a paraglider to appreciate it. I've now got a dozen good landings (and a couple of ground loops) under my belt with my crunchy Relic so I'm happy.
 
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #354 on: October 23, 2009, 17:28:49 PM »
Looks like you gents had fun whilst we mere mortals were working! But . . .

it's the weekend!!!
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #355 on: October 23, 2009, 18:09:20 PM »
Looks like you gents had fun whilst we mere mortals were working! But . . .

it's the weekend!!!

Ahem! I only skived off early today because we worked late last night to be sure of meeting todays deadline - but then today was easier than we expected so we knocked off early...

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #356 on: October 23, 2009, 20:16:51 PM »
What day is best for Cleeve considering wind strength and direction this weekend?
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #357 on: October 23, 2009, 20:23:39 PM »
From the published slope maps, Cleeve doesn't fly South and that's what is forecast until about 4pm. It will be raining on Saturday morning in any case.

Sunday seems the best choice for you. Would appreciate some feed back as I was 'becalmed' both times I went there or Leckhampton.

I work at weekends so can't make it anywhere until late pm.

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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #358 on: October 23, 2009, 20:37:36 PM »
What day is best for Cleeve considering wind strength and direction this weekend?
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Looks like Saturday pm and Sunday all day will all be as good as each other.
I know I will be there Saturday from about 2:30pm till about 5:00pm. Sunday I intend being there at least all afternoon. Seeing as the clocks will have reverted to GMT the afternoons will be shorter.
Wind looks like all rounder class, so wildthing and EG will be fun to fly as well as my new plank. I may even try the WR fox with the ballast bar in. Flik, the correx delta, should fly well too.
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Re: South Cotswold Slopers!
« Reply #359 on: October 23, 2009, 21:02:44 PM »
I'll probably give Cleeve Hill a go on Sunday morning. What's the landing zone like? I might give the VoltiJ and Luna an airing.


 

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