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West Ireland Slopers
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:20:30 PM »
In the spirit of all these regional threads, I'm starting this thread so that I can have long converstions with meself about what time and where I'm going sloping, etc.....
Chris van Schoor


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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009, 12:22:46 PM »
Can I join in? After all I feel a little bit of Yorkshire will be part of your enjoyment soon.............

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009, 13:06:27 PM »
Yeah, please do, I'll have to post pictures of the "bit of Yorkshire" in some far-off locations.. :af
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 13:48:26 PM »
Quite windy, waddaya think, Chris?
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 13:49:03 PM »
Quite windy, waddaya think, Chris?
Nah, a bit too wet :(..

Tomorrow looks good..
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 13:49:20 PM »
 :''
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 15:21:43 PM »
 ;D
Yeah you?


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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 16:00:58 PM »
looks like its raining again ...time to go to mwelan
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009, 10:42:06 AM »
looks like its raining again ...time to go to mwelan
Yes indeed:  fantastic spot to have a kip in the car in the rain....
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 12:08:27 PM »
or another search party for the  Pike WR?

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2009, 19:44:32 PM »
 ::)
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2010, 15:58:33 PM »
Nothing much happening here:  Snow, ice, snow, rain, sleet, ice...
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2010, 17:55:11 PM »
when's the Van Schoor fly in again?

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2010, 10:46:48 AM »
Andy wants to come over as soon as the Swansea - Cork ferry gets going (March), but I reckon April will be a bit warmer..  April - May are the most beautiful months here.
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2010, 19:12:07 PM »
Wot, no pics yet Woodstock $%& :D
  Stuart   :af

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2010, 21:28:57 PM »
Right, here goes:
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2010, 21:34:30 PM »
Some more:
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2010, 21:43:57 PM »
...and more:
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2010, 08:17:40 AM »
Very nice- esp. Rossbeigh hill. Lots of it look like the Brecon Beacons- Whoo Hoo!!

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2010, 08:25:52 AM »
"WOW" What fantastic places to fly :o
 Book me in for a week at "Woodstock Towers" with full Irish breakfast please ;)
 Slope's look a bit busy though :''  
 Doesnt it usually rain all the time as well ::)
  Stuart   :af
 

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2010, 08:44:05 AM »
"WOW" What fantastic places to fly :o
 Book me in for a week at "Woodstock Towers" with full Irish breakfast please ;)
 Slope's look a bit busy though :''  
 Doesnt it usually rain all the time as well ::)
  Stuart   :af
 
As long as you don't mind being in the hands of Consuela (Manuel's sister), who also cooks our breakfasts now...."Que?" :).

Rain is a hazard, but the photos do prove that that blue stuff is occasionally spotted :af...

Busy?  Well, those photos are probably the sum total of when there WERE other people than me flying :'(.

Rossbeigh hill has the most endless, smooth lift, but a very poor landing zone, so the hill is littered with Crasher Chris plane wreckage :embarassed:. I now go to that Camp slope (below Caher Conree iron-age promontory fort), which is also huge (better lift to the lef and the right), works very well in the same wind directions, is closer to Tralee, and has fantastic landing zones too :af
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2010, 09:15:21 AM »
Do you have to travel far to get to each of these slopes or are they all fairly local to you $%&

  Stuart   :af

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2010, 11:38:11 AM »
Do you have to travel far to get to each of these slopes or are they all fairly local to you $%&

  Stuart   :af
Yes, and yes.... ::) ;)

I can fly in any wind direction within 20 - 40 minutes drive of home (I live outside Tralee, between Tralee and Castleisland).  Some smaller slopes (eg. Toreenastooka) are as close as 10 minutes.  But, if you want AWESOME, there are some slopes which are a bit further away: up to 60 - 75 minutes (Mweelin, Kenhard Beach).
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2010, 12:04:11 PM »
I think you'l be getting a few visitors in 2010 Woodstock :co

 Its the ferry trip that i dont fancy though $%&  I did it over 20 years ago with a mate of mine for 2 weeks fishing on the Shannon near Athlone.  On leaving Liverpool docks we were told due to engine probs the trip would take an extra 1-2 hours, making about 10 hrs. The sea wasnt rough but i felt absolutely rotten for most of the crossing :'(

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2010, 16:51:39 PM »
Well, the Cork - Swansea have just bought a new boat.

As for the others, you should see the hi-tech machines they use these days, particularly if you use the faster boats (you can see from the timetables the different boat speeds):  amazing stuff, the trip is over before you know it's left :af.  I think it's about 1.5 to 2 hours max Dublin - Holyhead.  No sails or oars are involved at all..

Would be really great to show some visitors around, it's criminal to have such great conditions all to myself :af
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2010, 20:08:59 PM »
Where are you flying this weekend then Woodstock. So many slopes, so much choice $%&

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #26 on: February 01, 2010, 09:26:59 AM »
Sorry Gromit, forgot to look in here!

Friday and Sunday I flew at that incredible Camp slope, as it was North-NW.  Saturday was no wind, so I flew the leccy glider trying to find some thermals.
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2010, 09:36:46 AM »
did you find them?

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2010, 11:30:18 AM »
Not really, no.. >:(.

Tiny ones I suppose, but not enough to keep me up for more than 10 minutes at a time.  The best height gains were still from minute quantities of slope lift over to one side of where I was flying..

I read about thermals being available in winter as much as summer, but where I am it seems seriously "dead" in winter  :'(.  Possibly the terrain I fly over is too unchanging to generate differences in temperature:  it's mostly pure bog/scrub, with the odd tar road.  I need to find a field where I can fly out over the town, that should have lots of hot air :af.
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2010, 19:59:04 PM »
Sorry Gromit, forgot to look in here!

Friday and Sunday I flew at that incredible Camp slope, as it was North-NW.  Saturday was no wind, so I flew the leccy glider trying to find some thermals.

 3 days of flying :o I didnt manage 1 flight :'(
 WNW at "Bunnyland" are very poor and not worth the effort.  In desperation though i did go to Whitehill at "Bunnyland" on sunday hoping it might be ok. (Thats the one with the Radio mast) It was well off the slope so i had a cup of coffee, watched a couple of Red kites playing in a thermal for a few minuites then drove home to watch Pompey loose again :'(

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #30 on: February 01, 2010, 22:47:12 PM »
6 points behind now Stu ....... :''

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #31 on: February 05, 2010, 07:19:07 AM »
6 points behind now Stu ....... :''



 Andy, no words, only :'(

  Looks like Eastery's for you this weekend Woodstock, Where do you go for these $%&

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #32 on: February 05, 2010, 14:56:06 PM »
I've got a NE slope, and a SE slope, both are at the site above Tralee town where all the masts are (Slieve Mish).  BUT, there isn't an East slope  :banghead:.

'Spose I shouldn't complain, we get Easterlies on about only two days a year..
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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #33 on: February 05, 2010, 15:00:13 PM »
have you found a DS site yet?

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Re: West Ireland Slopers
« Reply #34 on: February 05, 2010, 16:02:19 PM »
Nope >:(.  We just don't seem to have the required land forms here (well, accessible ones, anyway..).

There is ONE spot that could work, but the back side consists of 200m high vertical sea cliffs.  A bit intimidating for ones very first attempts..
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Camp Slope: west, north and NW.
« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2010, 21:34:57 PM »
Directions for "Camp" slope:  it's on the Dingle peninsula, on the central high point between Camp (On the northern side), and Aughils (near Inch Beach)(On the southern side).  Camp village is about 17 Km west of Tralee, Co. Kerry (head out on the "Dingle Road", or the N86).  From the village you head inland, taking what is known as the "scenic drive" that goes right over the mountains, to the opposite side of the peninsula.  About half-way there is a stop for those who want to walk up to Caher Conree, which is the iron-age Promontory fort that you can see in the background of some of the photos.  Just after the stopping point for that, the road climbs up a very steep incline.  We park at the top of that.  The slope works in winds from west to north.  Wear boots; the landing zones are a bit soggy!
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