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Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 03, 2011 @ 10:45 AM | 3,517 Views
We awoke Thursday to white caps on the Columbia and 30+ mph winds. With those optimistic signs we headed early to Bald Butte. Unfortunately, when we arrived a the "Bald" we discovered we didn't have 4wd on out truck and the road was very wet (read mud). We we went up the road about 1000 ft and decided to park it as we found ourselves sliding in the mud. We walked in and checked out the conditions. Since we didn't carry planes up (it's a long trip), we took a quick look and walked down to head for another slope. Our next stop was the backside of Rowena. Rowena was rocking, winds were gusting to 40+ mph. Tom attempted a test Flight with his Super Scooter but it was so violently thrown around, he recommended we move on. So again we packed up and ended to the Dalles flying site. Dalles was great. Wind was almost straight on and the air was smooth. Tom flew his SS and his M60. DJ whipped out his Sunbird and I flew my Triffic.
After we flew our brains out there we decided to head to Klickitat and try out a diffrent slope. When we reached Klickitat we found the wind was hitting the slope from a terrible angle. As a result, we tried a few passes and found the conditions were much like Rowena backside. By this time it was late afternoon and we decided to explore for new sites. We drove out of Klickitat and took the back road, over the top and worked the ridgeline along the Klickitat valley. We then worked along Hwy 14 checking out possible slopes and LZs. By then it was 6pm, eventually we made an early night of it and and hit the sack. Stay tuned for more.......

Mike W in Hood
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:01 PM | 2,838 Views
This year only 3 hardy souls ventured out from the Pompano Hills Flyers for our annual Oregon slope trip. Tom, DJ and I both arrived mid-day in Portland. We made a straight run to Hood River, dropped everything at our motel and went straight to Lumber and sloped till we dropped. Not bad for a first day.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 02, 2011 @ 11:15 AM | 2,464 Views
That's all folks. Next pics will be of the Oregon trip. Actually, that's where I'm sending this pics from right now. Just got into Oregon last night.

Mike W in Hood River.
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 01, 2011 @ 11:19 PM | 1,944 Views
Saturday turned out to be the best of both worlds. Winds were light in the morning, so we winched on the West side. As the winds picked up out of the East to about 10mph we shifted to the East side for some sloping. Couple guys had new planes to maiden, James had his Sunbird and Andrew had his Multiplex Fox. Both flew well.

Mike W

PS next week it's off to Oregon for our our annual slope trip to the NW.
Posted by mfwilliams | May 25, 2011 @ 09:20 PM | 2,144 Views
I was out of town this weekend. But heard from the guys there was some decent winch flying on the Westside in the morning. Also that the wind picked up and there was some decent slope flying later on. Also, Ben got some pictures of the completed "HOLLYWOOD" sign on the South side of the Hill. Looks like they'll be filming scenes for Rock of Ages very shortly, possibly this week.
Additionally, a few of us our heading for our annual Oregon slope trip (Tom, DJ and I), next week. Hopefully we'll catch some big wind.