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Old Sep 14, 2011, 02:31 PM
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Eric,

While not giving immediate audible feedback, I fly with a recording altimeter called the ZLOG. It displays max altitude once you're down. When I'm done for the day, I download my data and use that to determine what altitude I catch my thermals at. Gives me an idea of how high I have to climb. In my area, I catch most after climbing to about 600 ft AGL. A decent reasonably priced piece of gear for me. The cuurent model is a mod 6 I believe at $80 from Hexpert Systems. I'm flying the mod 4 but will be ordering a mod 6 soon.

Our best solution would be "thermal goggles" which would show us all rising air in various colors relating to the strength of the lift (tongue-in-cheek). But that wouldn't be near as much fun as tirelessly hunting for lift and sometimes finding it!

Happy hunting,

Dave
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