Type of glider: Ventus 2cT/18m,

Takeoff location: Boulder CO (US / 9)


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Flight details

Points for the flight 575.86
Points for the flight 475.69
scoring distance 561.3
Speed 130.7 km/h
Duration 04:17:44
Points for the flight 100.17
scoring distance 394.0 km
Speed 92.0 km/h
Duration 04:17:06
Scoring class 18m
Scoring start 18:22:34
Scoring end 22:51:09
Index: 118.0
Club Soaring Society of Boulder
Date of claim 15.09.2020 00:54:51
state IGC-File: Flight:

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Great team flight with Bravo Charlie today. BC has been a great mentor for the past two years and it was great fun to share my first excursion into the Sangre de Cristo Range with him. Managed to "bag" my first 14ers of the Sangres: Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Kit Carson, and Humboldt Peak. Briefly thought about going on to Blanca Peak but prudence won - the days are getting short and there's this pesky thing of flying back home ;-) - much of it over unlandable terrain. One interesting and unexpected phenomenon today was an easterly flow across the Sangre's that generated a convergence line on the west side of the Sangre's with the dryer air and higher cloud bases on the east side. I was at first seriously surprised that I found nothing but 6 knot sink on the west side of the first cloud as we got to the Sangre's. I wonder how long it would have taken me to figure it out without BC pointing out what was going on. I have to get a better vario with real time winds because as things stand, I need to circle before I get an semi-accurate wind reading and I could not see the winds in the Sangre's until I made my first circles. Overall a great flight in great conditions. We took a very westerly route south under a great street over the Sawatch. On the way back I wasn't able to keep up with BC when I got lower than I would have liked over South Park. I was glad that I have visited the area on the ground and knew where I would go to land if I had to. But once I was back over the higher ground on the east side, lift wasn't hard to find. My time-loss was due to taking the first climb when much better ones were just a few miles away. Another spectacular fall day with great visibility. Colorado was a visibility oasis encircled by wild fire smoke. We could see the smoke line in the north and later in the south where smoke from California drifted east across New Mexico.


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