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hailstones

After yesterdays inability to even start the task had my stomach turn with talk that today we were to try to fly over the Grossglockner. I felt that it was not sensible for me to even try and started to visualise a … Continue reading

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skittishness

The task today was to cross the main chain of the alps and not come back, we had no retrieve and so I collected leaflets about busses and trains on the 2 main corridors back. Ambition is good but however … Continue reading

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un volo un po’ lungo

Takeoff sometimes is blocked for a while with people not sure enough to launch, this was the case today, in a deeply ironic twist the waiting person, worried that it was nil winds launched after a dusty pranced through the … Continue reading

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il volo dell’aquila

Getting ready with all my feelings present and correct, thinking that rigging my glider would be a calming experience ahead of visiting my rock for a bit of quiet reparations. My tip rod snapped, it just felt soft when I … Continue reading

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Monte Pizzoc

We could only see far away chances, drove early to Vittorio Veneto for a flight from Monte Pizzoc back to Gemona. Launching from such high places feels like cheating after my 450ft home sites taking off at 1500m or over … Continue reading

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cloudy start

After a night kept awake by the rain waking up with everything feeling damp it was so unlike a flying day so it was rather disbelievingly that I drove off to see the others. We talked a lot about cake, about what we would … Continue reading

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circles

Round and round and round we go, it is the thing we do as glider pilots, where we are most happy going round and going up, finding the clouds and being free. For me coming here is to arrive full circle after … Continue reading

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Feeling tired

When I woke I was not feeling great, I was worried to get through the last day ok and found me tired and anxious. Dan arrived and although it was great to talk with him I then forgot a few … Continue reading

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Repeat and try again…

My day started well, I launched first and got into a climb quickly, initial progress was good. This thing of ‘initial progress being good’ should be a warning sign… or the feeling that I am gliding too much or going … Continue reading

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Waiting for the day…

After yesterday’s rain today started cloudy and rubbish feeling, the forecast however was for better so I got ready and we went to takeoff. Gerolf is a fascinating character we have great discussions in the car going up the hill. … Continue reading

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Escape to Italy

The day started beautifully sunny and calm but the forecast told us it would rain. It was our plan to go to italy so with some disbelief from the Russians we drove off. Gerolf chose eventually Meduno rather than Gemona, … Continue reading

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Adventure flying

Today I had to get over the sense that yesterday was so good that I was again worried I may do something stupid because I thought I was like a hero… sometimes nerves always find a way to win. I … Continue reading