paragliding

The first few days……..

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So here we are on a beautiful Friday morning, ready for another great flying day. We are moving on to our second location today so the plan is to load up our non flying kit on the van while we try to fly as far North as possible to Anwerma Nuevo.

The flight over from the UK was a bit of a drag as usual but we arrived at our Finca on time and the next morning we had a leisurely breakfast by the pool, followed by the usual admin brief and sorting out of phones, GPS, general admin and a nice swim. The first day was initially due to be a non flying day but as we got everything sorted in good time, we headed off for an evening flight at the site just South of Piedechinche. After a fun ride up the mountain in the back of an open bus, the crew all enjoyed a nice cruise down to the landing field as the sun set. Laugh of the day came thanks to Thee, who obviously did not do a proper pre flight inspection on the hammock, and had a short flight to the ground, landing on her arse with great style….nice one girl!

Day two started with another leisurely breakfast by the pool, then it was into town to pick up snack lunches and off to the launch for a couple of shakedown flights at Piedechinche. It was not the usual Colombian morning we enjoy as the katabatic wind roared off the mountain and the cloud swirled around us, but confident that it would improve we chilled out with a bit of Donkey petting (make of that what you will!), trying out the mountainside swing that swung us out into oblivion (most scary!) and the usual shenanigans that grounded paraglider pilots get up to.
Sure enough, as the valley heated the conditions improved and we got ready to fly. First flight was just a local boat about to get everybody comfortable in the air and into the landing field, with an optional out and return to the town. Everybody got away well and had a nice cruise about, Tony had a crack at the task and landed out after a valiant effort, while Andy completed the task after some really nice work in the light conditions. For the last flight we set a run out to the town with a landing at the steakhouse, a most convenient Goal! By now any thermic activity was very light so it was going to be a tough ask. Tony managed to max out a really light climb and made goal, so a big well done to him, while Lee, Nik and I all had a bash from lower down and enjoyed out landings along the road where the locals once again made us feel very welcome and insisted on helping us pack our kit. The day finished with a fantastic steak meal and a moonlit swim in the pool with a rum chaser……..I love this country!

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