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Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 09, 2009 @ 12:16 AM | 2,554 Views
Last shot by Mike J. In the background you can see the water truck watering the central East and NE corner of the hill.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 09, 2009 @ 12:11 AM | 2,407 Views
Today was much like last Saturday. About a 10mph breeze out of the East, no rain and very hot. We had a fair sized crowd who had quite a bit of fun. We had to stick to the SE corner of the slope facing Powerline Road because of 2 reasons. One, the wind would shift to the SE a few times and two, the landfill had a water truck watering the new grass on the NE corner. That grass on the East side is looking mighty fine! Makes for some nice landings.
On a side note, the first group of pics are from our new member Mike Jackson.

Enjoy and thanks Mike J.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Aug 04, 2009 @ 09:50 PM | 2,432 Views
Finally we get a windy day. Well, at least a good 10mph. The last few weekends have been really poor sloper days. This Saturday gave us at least a little hope. As a net result there was a lot more "air traffic" on the slope which resulted in a lot of excitement and mid-airs.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 26, 2009 @ 12:28 PM | 2,544 Views
Seems like this summer has seen some pretty crappy flying weather. Today was no exception. Very little wind. We started out on the West side and had to flip to the East side by days's end. On top of that, we had several showers come through with lightening off in the distance. We ended up going down to the Peachtree restuarant early.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 18, 2009 @ 08:49 PM | 2,450 Views
Great thermal day, not very good for sloping. Wind started in the Southwest but slowly rotated around to the South. Everyone was up on the West side and shifted to the to the South side in different groups. Because of the heat and the very light wind, almost everyone quit early and headed down to the Peachtree for lunch.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 11, 2009 @ 06:39 PM | 2,458 Views
I see Ted has just posted a video over at Vimeo on flying his wing on the south side of the hill. Great vid Ted.

Mike

Euroclydon Video (4 min 38 sec)

Posted by mfwilliams | Jul 11, 2009 @ 05:40 PM | 2,461 Views
Since we've gotten back from Oregon flying at the "hill" has been very hot (95+) and the wind has been weak to non-existant. Thankfully this Saturday we finally had some wind. It wasn't a strong breeze, but we did have about 10mph on the East/SouthEast side. The thermal guys were specking out and the sloper guys were finally getting a chance to get some "air" time.

Mike W
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2009 @ 11:14 PM | 2,908 Views
Sunday was our last full day in the NorthWest. Basically it was a travel day from Joseph, OR to Hood River, OR. We did get in early enough to stop across the river in Klickitat for some final flights before packing. After a couple hours of flying we headed into Hood River and started our packing.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 28, 2009 @ 09:00 PM | 2,608 Views
On Saturday we attended the funfly/aero-tow at the Joseph golf course. We stayed around and watched until about 2pm, then Ben and I headed back up toward Memaloose for some slopeing (Larry and Dan elected to relax underneath some trees and watch the aero-tow). We had found a spot the day before, that was ~6.5miles out of Imnaha on the way to Memaloose/Hatpoint and flew there until almost 5pm. I unfortunately forgot my transmitters so I had to share Ben's Gulp. Ben and I came back and met up with Dan and Larry for supper. Then Ben, Dan and I headed to Lake Wallowa campgrounds for a cookout with all the other flyers (Larry wasn't feeling well). We ended the evening by watching some RC waterplane flying on Lake Wallowa as the sun set.

Mike
Posted by mfwilliams | Jun 27, 2009 @ 12:24 PM | 2,595 Views
Friday, we made the long trek up to Memaloose. The air was not good. It was actually coming from the backside of the slope. We had to fly electric and about 4:30pm we decided to give up and head back to Joseph. We stopped at Granny View (about 4 miles down from Memaloose) and found it was quite flyable. So Dan and Ben flew over the abyss for a quick fix. I decided to look down on the slope where Mark lost his XR wing 6 years ago. And darned if i didn't find it. We're bringing it back for Mark to bronze....LOL.
We continued on down for about another 10 miles and found another slope with the alpine lift roaring through. We joined about 4 other flyers and were "rippin" for quite a bit of time. Finally we crawled back into Joseph about 9:00pm and headed to Embers for dinner.
Mike