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Old Aug 12, 2009, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by 320pilot
... but got it too far down wind, when wind aloft increased, and when I went to transition to blue sky and bring it back, lost the orientation over deep forest. ...Never saw it again!
After a couple of near-death experiences with a 2 m sailplane, I stopped searching for the limit of how high I could go in a thermal. And staying lower has made me a better thermaler, I think. But I did clear 2,500 feet on a few occasions.

I still occasionally let a plane climb up quite a bit, but only in a fairly gentle thermal under a fully-overcast sky.

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