SB Hoedown - October task (10/7/17)
Mission Canyon, United States
2 years ago
This was my first attempt at the SB Hoedown October task, which ended up being a doozy of a flight on this day due to a strong west wind that developed early on and plagued me during the entire push west from Thermal Factory to No Name. The start gate I used was 12:30pm (though it says 11:30am on the timestamp because it's not taking into account daylight savings), but I didn't really commit to completing the task in earnest until timestamp 12:21:00 when I believed for the first time that I might be able to gain the high line to connect with No Name (it had been a challenge all day to gain much altitude). What ensued was a lesson for me in hiding from a headwind and/or using it to ridge soar to lose less altitude while making progress towards goal. Of particular note is a huge accelerated collapse (80% at least) I took in the lee of No Name at timestamp 12:56:25. I'm fairly sure I hit rotor, and it was a bad place to be, for sure. Perhaps there was a better route to take to tag the cylinder around No Name, or perhaps I shouldn't have tried? Nevertheless, I rallied, tagged the cylinder, and flew the downwind leg without much trouble. I ended up completing the task in about 1 hour and 48 minutes. This flight was very rewarding to complete, but also very mentally taxing. Quite a challenge for me! [Note: stated altitude is consistently about 200 feet too low.]
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SB Hoedown - October task (10/7/17)