|Our vehicles loaded up and ready to travel! Photo by Marty|
It was a long drive up to Medellin, but fun to walk around the Poblado district and enjoy a good meal in town. Marty's done a much better job of blogging about the travel parts of our trip, check out his blog here! The next morning, we launched from San Felix, which is a famous acro and tandem site overlooking town.
|Looking down over Medellin. Photo by Marty|
It took some work to get up and out of San Felix...I guess not that many people ever go XC from this area. We managed to head west, and got really high very quickly. Matt managed to get over 12,000 feet that day...it was the coolest we had been in a month! Most of our route was straight south to La Pintada, along a very high ridge with a vertical wall of cloud over it. It was absolutely amazing, but we were able to surf up the side of the cloud, getting higher and higher but still staying in clear air. That was the best flight of the trip for everyone hands down!
The rest of the flight wasn't as easy. After cruising for a while, I got low on a crux point, barely scraping over a ridge and finding nothing on the other side. With no where to go in gently sloping terrain, I aimed for a deep canyon that would allow me to get out over the main valley. Unfortunately, I quickly saw high tension power lines crossing my canyon right at my level. Cursing the birds thermaling just on the other side of them, I had literally nowhere to go. There was a tiny bare spot between rows of trees, and the space was just big enough to fly straight into the steep hillside and land. Probably the hardest, and most difficult landing I've ever had to do. But I was down safe and that's what matters.
|The Bus...filled with couch and groceries|
|...and finally empty again|
Marty, Destin, Brian and Matt made it to our goal for the day of La Pintada. Matt went even further down the canyon to the south, and ended up setting a site record (as far as we know) for the Medellin area of 101 km! Here's the XContest track log for his flight: http://www.xcontest.org/world/en/flights/detail:Farmer/17.2.2015/16:42
Here's Marty's Blog for our first flight: http://devietti.blogspot.com/2015/02/viente.html
Medellin to Roldanillo
Day 2 Blog is here
Day 3 Blog is here
|Matt Beechinor's 101 Km flight from Medellin|
|Drivers and guides Flacco, Dubin and Boris. Photo by Marty|
|Marty playing with the clouds!|