Monday, September 06, 2004

12,000+ MSL

9-6-04 Tehachapi with J. Again from the rear seat. Hooked an awesome thermal over the ridge and just kept going up! Topped out at 12,200' MSL, then headed out to the other side of the valley. Nice to have so much altitude and just fly for fun. Lots of practice and feedback and tips, such as slowing up when the vario just reverses and starts going up, and feeling the lift instead of relying on the instrument.

Sharing thermals with up to 2 other gliders. Later we got a thermal in the valley and ended up staying up for 1:17. Landed again, bounced a little... but then the crosswind died after touchdown and I dragged a wing and rolled off the side. Not rough, but not at all straight. J didn't make a big deal about it. He later said I flew very well.

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