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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:15 pm

Sunday, April 14, 2019:
Today, the weather was good. Some four or five paraglider pilots flew Dry Canyon, launching in the late morning with Keith Campbell as their driver. They all flew well - Steve Crye, Jim Stelzer, Bo Frazier, Max Montgomery, and a new P3 whose name I didn't catch. Steve went XC about 12 miles; Max went over to Long Ridge, before landing back at Cox Field. Jim MacNutt and I came out to fly. We picked up Jim Mott from his home in High Rolls, then went straight to the Dry Canyon launch. Jim MacNutt, our visitor from Vermont, took off at 2:55 pm and immediately went right up; ultimately he reached 9400 ft MSL (2400 above launch) and had an hour in the air, with a decent landing at Cox Field. After various problems getting into my harness, I launched at 3:40 pm MDT and immediately went up and left. I flew for 30 minutes, making low saves at the West Face and over the Cox Field LZ - my highest altitude today was 7900 ft MSL. My landing wasn't perfect, but it was one I don't feel badly about. We visited afterwards with the Motts, then scooted back to Las Cruces by 8:45 pm. Not a bad day at all - sunny, gentle southwest winds, temperatures about 70 degrees. And lots of good people as well!
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Re: Dry Canyon Alamogordo, NM (USA)

Postby RobinHastings » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:53 pm

Friday, April 19, 2019:
Wednesday's storm put a lovely coat of snow onto Sierra Blanca, which Steve Crye, Jim MacNutt and I enjoyed as we drove up to the Dry Canyon launch today (Good Friday). It didn't take either one long to set up, and by 2:35 Jim had launched into a fine cycle in his Falcon 4 170. Steve launched just after that. Steve very soon had a partial collapse, but quickly corrected it and had a beautiful flight in his PG with Jim. Both got thousands of feet over launch height, though they said the thermals were punchy and the sink between them was pretty strong. (Another warm, blue-sky day, with winds about 10 to 15 mph on launch.) Steve was up for 53 minutes, he said, and had an excellent landing at La Luz. A couple of kids with bikes were there, watching and waiting for him to descend - which he had trouble doing, the lift was everywhere by then. When he landed, they naturally asked, "Did you jump out of a plane, mister?" Not long after, Jim made a perfect landing at Cox Field (I wasn't there, I was picking up Steve) that he wished I'd gotten on video. Well, better luck next time. Jim reached 9500 feet MSL (2500 over launch) and was airborne about an hour and ten minutes. He and I visited with Keith and Rena Campbell afterwards - very nice people! - and made it home about 7:00 pm. What a nice Easter weekend it is, so far...
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