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L to R, Dave, Bruce, Tim, Patrick, Mike
with a hazy launch in the backgroundThis week 4 of us from the San Luis Obispo area headed to Dunlap to fly. We arrived Wed., around noon, and set up camp at the Dunlap Flight Park (Dan's Place). Greg made us feel welcome and offered to drive us to launch. The weather was classic Spring cu's with cloudbase around 4500-5000'.
Thursday we headed to another site to fly with Tom M. It's a site with limited access, so let's just call it no-name. The launch was a very intimidating granite dome that tailed off into a 1000' vertical face. There were two primary spots to launch. One had more space to turn and run at the cliff - but it had a 5' by 5'tall tree to negotiate at the lip. I chose a rather tighter spot with about 6' of granite between me and the cliff while pulling up. I launched first and the pull up and turn went well, I had good pressure in the wing and took two steps into the void. I had an immediate good climb to the low cloudbase (about 400' over launch) but got flushed in a down cycle and, after a 15 minute scratchfest, landed in a tight meadow at the base of the hill. Dave and Patrick and Tom all launched shortly thereafter, into a nice sunny period and made it Northwest along the ridge, and landed in big fields out there. It was an enjoyable day and fun to explore a new launch site.
In all it was a great three days. No epic flights, but nice company, enjoyable times, and many safe landings.