|Smoke at sunset|
Saturday morning we awoke to smoke clinging to the canyons and in the air. Apparently a fire was burning in the Sierra between Dunlap and Bishop. It was in the deep Sierra and wouldn't affect our flying tasks to the West, but was a good indication of the Easterly evening wind.
It was obvious, as we proceeded from Hill 49917 to Bald Mtn., that the West wind was much stronger than expected. The leg SW to Cutler was going to be tough even if we could get up at Bald (which we didn't).
Everyone except Fredric landed at (or prior to) the ranger station. Fred continued on to land a few kilometers South of the pizza joint.
My flight is HERE.
Sunday's forecast was similar to the preceding day's with light, Southy winds. Jug built a great task of 24 miles that had two valley crossings and some good opportunities for tactical decisions. As it turned out, the task was very enjoyable racing and put a lot of pilots into goal.
I had another good start and was chasing Josh around the course. Another gaggle was trailing me by a climb or two and kept me hustling to stay ahead. It was nice to find climbs when you needed them and, sometimes, nice climbs were found in spots that usually don't work too well.
My last climb was to 7,000' and gave me sufficient altitude to fly to Bald and then to the finish.
It was a very fun day of racing and great to see the happy faces in goal after one of my most enjoyable flights in Dunlap.
Cumulative scores for the league will be HERE when they are up.
Next week the league heads to the Owens Valley and it's looking less than likely I'll be able to attend. I hope the weather cooperates and you all go high & far.
Fly Safe -