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Old Jun 16, 2008, 06:50 PM
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Vancouver Slope Soaring

Does anyone know any good locations for slope soaring in or around Vancouver BC?

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Old Jun 16, 2008, 06:58 PM
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Hate to tell you this but this subject comes up once in awhile, and the answer is absolutely none All the Vancouver guys fly TD.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 07:18 PM
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Eagle Butte.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 09:07 PM
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I didn't know you guys had a Eagle Butte near Vancouver, that's so wild because there's actualy one in the Eastern part of Washington State...................OH.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 09:14 PM
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What about Whistler? I asked a guy (read seasonal worker) when I was up there at the beginning of May and he didn't know why not. I would guess that you would want to fly foam however. Would make a fun place to fly alpine w/ a Gondola ride and all...
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 09:28 PM
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I've never looked too hard, but my thought is your best bet would be to head inland a bit rather than up to Whistler. Like Abbotsford/Chilliwack/Hope. A lot more hills that stand a better chance of not being covered in trees and/or stumps.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 10:00 PM
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Sure there must be places for the right model ( maybe this foam stuff?) and an Eye what too look for .

Unfortunatly the TD guys don't have this Eye.

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Old Jun 16, 2008, 10:56 PM
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We used to fly over Wreck Beach years ago, amazing how many guys all-of-a-sudden ran out of lift. (Wreck Beach is the local nudist beach...) I don't know if they have banned the flying, they sure haven't banned the nudes.
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Old Jun 16, 2008, 11:14 PM
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i grew up in vancouver for most of my life , now at the time i was there i did not fly rc. but with all the hills every where, there for surely is a hill that faces the wind some where . my first thought would be the hills by ubc . i think behind the museum of anthropology (2nd pic) is a large grass hill that faces the ocean . but i do not know if it has public access. just up the road from pacific spirit park on the side of the rd leading up the the anthropology museum is anouther park that faces the ocean. the planitarium has a smallish hill ,do not remember what way it faces. grouse mountain in the summer might be good for alpine soaring (ride the gondola up ). or cypress half way up has some 180 turns with pull outs for viewing.(could be a little like hong kong. first pic from lower viewing area.) . burnaby mountain, though i think any grass would be facing the wrong way (3rd pic from burnaby mountain park in winter.) . and if only that water shed that is on burnaby mountain was open the the public. never say never
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 12:08 AM
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I think it may be possible to slope fly off of some of the dykes and/or off one of the jetties around Lulu Island???
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 01:49 AM
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Note to Pilebuck --I'll be without my kids on the Blanco trip... Change of plans but means more flying for me. Hope you can make it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming....
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 02:39 AM
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Sure there must be places for the right model ( maybe this foam stuff?) and an Eye what too look for .

Unfortunatly the TD guys don't have this Eye.

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Thomas
Hey Thomas

some flat landers TD guys may not have the eye that you talk of but I have been quite successful finding slopes to fly in fact a few years back I mentioned that the butte on the way to Kiona looks like a spectacular site (chandler butte) I have flown at the anthropology museum at UBC and it had great lift but alas they planted trees to stop erosion in the prime slope spot...I have made many exploration trips with topo maps and local knowledge to find the elusive slope sites. I have flown in Princeton (miner mountain) and the mine tailings (west of princeton) I have also flown near cache creek (towards Kamloops) at thompson river estates...a great site when the wind cooperates...the trouble with most sites where we have slopes close to home is that the winds very rarely blow straight on. I have also scouted sites on the Columbia river and found two that I had never heard of anyone flying at....one at Mosier, east of world renowned Hood river, (near the cable vision towers) and across the river from Hood river above White Salmon. We used to fly in White Rock but some years ago Totem Poles were erected right in the LZ. it is still flyable there but it is tide dependant and of course the beach cannot be full of people. other sites close to Vancouver is Bellingham Wa. and Whidbey island with fort Casey and Penn cove for south winds, Ebeys Landing for SW winds, and Fort Ebey for westerlies as well as West beach road if the locals allow access still!

All this being said Eagle Butte is still the pilgramage of choice!
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Old Jun 17, 2008, 10:46 AM
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Hi Joe

I wasn't refering to you as a 'TD guy' even you fly for Canada in the F3J WC.

Or maybe you keep the Rodent and Avenger as an alibi?

Good luck in Turkey.

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Old Jun 17, 2008, 10:49 AM
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I have also scouted sites on the Columbia river and found two that I had never heard of anyone flying at....one at Mosier, east of world renowned Hood river, (near the cable vision towers)
I have heard about a good site in this area...Do you have any other information about the site location, LZ conditions, etc? Thanks.

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Old Jun 17, 2008, 04:49 PM
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Thanks for all of this... Bit disappointing really. Where is Eagle Butte?
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