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By Redbeard
#29756
I would like to see a list of the places people have flown. Maybe for those of you with a lot of experience you could give out your top 10 or so.

Maybe give a little info on your favorite 1 or 2 sites and why, and maybe a little info on your least favorite and why (if you have one)

I am fairly inexperienced so my list is short:

1. Steptoe Butte, WA (small mountain in the middle of rolling hills)
2. Tekoa, WA (small mountain site) also the site of my tandem ride
3. Squaw Butte, ID (mountain site)
4. Pickles Butte, ID (“cliff” launch—I would consider it a semi-cliff launch)
5. Ed Levin, CA
6. Waddell Bluff, CA
7. Marina State Beach, CA
8. Fort Funston, CA
9. Knightston (aerotowing), CA

I am quite fond of them all but I think Tekoa was my favorite, I think it is mainly because it is the first time I got over launch. I ridge soared it, and actually thermaled for my first time there. Basically my first non-sled ride.

Lets hear where you have been!':popcorn:'
(EDIT to update list :mosh: )
Last edited by Redbeard on Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:23 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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By Lobido
#29760
1. Little Black, San Diego, Ca.
2. Wallaby Ranch, Fl.

Coming soon:

3. LMFP, Ga.
4. St. Croix, USVI
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By Radwhacker
#29764
In descending order of coolness:

1. Owen's Valley - 'nuff said
2. Lake Elsinore, CA - consistently great thermals, convergence, XC and people
3. Chelan, WA - stress free flying, great xc, good scenery
4. Hobbs, NM - long flatland flights
5. Sandia Peak, NM - kickass thermals, good xc
6. Dinosaur, CO - epic scenery, good xc
7. Fiesch, Switzerland - awesome scenery
8. Lago Di Garda, Italy - awesome scenery, good food, beautiful women
9.. Monte Cucco, Italy - see #8
10. Big Sur, CA - incredible scenery

Least favorite site: Any site above - on the days I bombed out.
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By sg
#29769
Kitty Hawk Dunes, NC
Foothills Flight Park, NC
Currituck Airport, NC
Lookout Mountain, GA
Ed Levin, CA
Mission Peak, CA
Dunlap, CA
Fort Funston, CA
Mount Tamalais, CA
Napa Valley, CA
Big Sur, CA
Marina Beach, CA
Tracy, CA (truck towed)
Mingus Mountain, AZ
Slide Mountain, NV
Mclellan, NV
Marshall/Crestline, CA
Kagel, CA
Sylmar, CA
Avenue S, CA
Avenue L, CA
Lake Elsinore, CA
Laguna Mt, CA
Little Black, CA
Otay, CA
Torrey Pines, CA
Blosson Valley, CA
Horse Canyon, CA
Query Air, FL
Wallaby Ranch, FL

:mosh: :mosh: :mosh: :mosh: :mosh: :mosh:

Holy crap, I really used to be a hard core hang glider pilot

:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
Last edited by sg on Wed Oct 31, 2007 11:42 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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By Radwhacker
#29770
sg wrote: Site across the valley from Slide Mountain, NV - s***, forgot the name :x
Mclellan
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By phantomflier
#29771
In no particular order.....

Ellenville, NY
Lookout Mt. Flight Park, GA
Menlo, GA
Point of the Mountain, UT
Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Lake Conroe, (Houston) TX
Quest, Florida
Wallaby, Florida
Florida Ridge
Wes Mar (Columbus) OH
Kitty Hawk, NC

edited 2/5/10... add to these

Brace Mt, NY (or is it CT or MA??)
Mt Utsayantha (Stanford, NY)
Sheba Crater, near Flagstaff, AZ
Mingus Mountain, AZ
Last edited by phantomflier on Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:53 am, edited 1 time in total.
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By DocSoc
#29777
LMFP: Lookout Mountain, Ga/Tn - Mountain launch and Tow (Dragon fly)
The Florida Ridge: LaBelle, Fl - Tow (Dragon fly)
Wallaby Ranch: Orlando, Fl - Tow (Dragon fly 582 slow)
Ellenville, NY - Mountain Launches, multiple locations (Greg, Tony, Club)
Hang Glide Chicago: LeLand, Il - Tow (Colb 912, real fast tow )

January:
Valle de Bravo, Mexico - Mountain launches
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By knumbknuts
#29781
Some definitely cool lists. Rad and SG, I'd like to hear some of the stories IRL sometime.

Crestline
Dunlap
Santa Barbara

I may get to Funston before my first year is out. Maybe this weekend if Dunlap's a no-go.

Little did I know when I got into the sport that I picked one of the best places to learn.
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By sg
#29783
Radwhacker wrote:
sg wrote: Site across the valley from Slide Mountain, NV - s***, forgot the name :x
Mclellan
Yeah! Thanks...
Updated my list.

Scariest thermal ive ever met was there :shock:
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By franklingrx
#29798
in chronological order of first flight at site

Lookout Mt, GA
Red Reef Beach Park, Boca Raton, FL
20 Mile Bend, West Palm Beach, FL
Ed Levin Park, CA
Menlo, GA.
Pigeon, GA.
Krome Ave., Miami, FL
Point of the Mountain, North and South, UT
Marina Beach, Monterrey, CA
Lake McCLure, CA
Don Pedro, CA.
Ft Funston, SanFran, CA
Mount Tam, CA.
Poli Poli, Maui
Sea Cliffs, Maui
Haleakala, Maui (10,000')
Whitwell, TN
Rising Fawn, GA
Hensons, TN
6K, Maui
Kagel, CA
Elsinore, CA
Torrey, CA
Dillingham, Oahu
Makapuu, Oahu (world's best site?)
Wallaby Ranch
Quest Air
The L, Lahaina, Maui
Mussel Rock, CA
A dozen others where I couldn't get a flight off

Wow, it's been 10 years since I flew a new site.
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By FormerFF
#29801
sg wrote:
Query Air, FL

Holy crap, I really used to be a hard core hang glider pilot
And one that's been writing a lot of SQL, apparently. :ahh:
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By Skyhighwoman
#29805
Let's see...

Calif
Ed levin
mission
funston
mt tam
diablo
marina
big sur
kagel
crestline/marshall
torrey
mcclure
hat creek
dunlap
hull
yosemite
Lake Elsinore
santa barabara
Ave S
Ave L
Indian Valley-the burn launch
mt hough

Arizon
Marion Crater
Sheba
aubreys cliiff

Oregon
Pine
Black cap
dorothy
sugar
alberit rim

idaho
mt harrison
sun valley

nevada
mccullen
slide
red rock
palamino

Randolph (idaho and wyoming)

utah
inspiration point
south side
north side of the point
cedar city
graf
hurricane
horse canyon

florida
quest

mexico
la salina

Georgia
Lookout Mtn (new site for '08 )

Damn I know I have over 50 sites flown missin some.

most beautiful
yosemtie
big sur

most memorable -slide, mt tam, mission

recent new site yosemite, la salina, diablo. mostly everything out of state was flown some years ago 10yrs at least

hit the most turbulence-mt harrison & funston -both places I flew in a post shear/convengence. NASTY stuff. NO FUN!

All this and my longest XC flight is 12miles. I never had the bug just enjoy the flying.

Carm
Last edited by Skyhighwoman on Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:52 pm, edited 9 times in total.
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By Radwhacker
#29806
Skyhighwoman wrote: the sister crater ?
Sheba
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By sg
#29808
FormerFF wrote:
sg wrote:
Query Air, FL

Holy crap, I really used to be a hard core hang glider pilot
And one that's been writing a lot of SQL, apparently. :ahh:
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA :rofl: OMG, ive been hacking waaay too much SQL lately :rofl:
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By selbaer
#29809
FormerFF wrote:
sg wrote:
Query Air, FL

Holy crap, I really used to be a hard core hang glider pilot
And one that's been writing a lot of SQL, apparently. :ahh:

// Let's turn off the head keyboard connection
$echo <head><body>
if zero in <head> flush;
}
$value zero

else {
$go back to startpoint
}

<--! need sleep? -->
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By Nibs
#29810
LMFP
Crestline (via Marshal)
Bandit
Menlo
Pigeon Mt
Whitwell
Henson's Gap


Oh, and SG........ holy sh*t that's a lot of sites!!!!

:hail:
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By Lobido
#29812
Yeah Nibs, but Skyhigh Woman Rules! :mosh: :mosh: :mosh:


Way to go, Carm! :bow:
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By wilburleft
#29814
franklingrx wrote:in chronological order of first flight at site

Red Reef Beach Park, Boca Raton, FL
20 Mile Bend, West Palm Beach, FL
Krome Ave., Miami, FL
Hey franklingrx,

Krome Ave? Where do you fly there? Is there a levy or something , detention center walls? Whatever it is, if it's soarable, I'd like to check it out. Can you tell me where it is? If it's secret, pm me and I won't tell nobody! What about Boca and West Palm? Are there soarable dunes there? Can you give any details about these sites...wind speed and direction needed needed to soar, rules, how to get there, etc. Don't hold out on me brother!

THANX
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By boarini2003
#29822
In Guatemala:
La Serra, Lake Amatitlan
San Jorge, Lake Atitlan

USA:
LMFP
Tobacco Row, Virginia
Eagle Rock, Virginia
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By Radwhacker
#29824
My full list (I think):

Arizona
Mingus
Merriam & Sheba craters
California
Lake Elsinore
Crestline
Pine Flats
Cucamonga
Soboba
Torrey
Laguna
Crystal Cove
Rome Hill
Hidden Valley
The Towers
Mt. Wilson
Blackhawk
Ord
Santiago Peak
Marshall
Salt Creek
Palomar
Plaskett Creek
Wild Cattle
Walt’s Point
Paiute
Gunther
McGee
Ed Leven
Back Bay
Crystal Cove State Beach
Escape Country
Oregon
Black Cap
Hadley
Paisley
Washington State
Chelan Butte
Nevada
Goodsprings
Tabletop
Jean Ridge
Sloan
Mcellan
Utah
Hurricane
Graff Point
The ‘C’ Launch
Colorado
Dinosaur
Wyoming
Rocksprings
Nebraska
Wildcat Hills
New Mexico
Sandia
Hobbs
Florida
Wallaby
Italy
Monte Cucco
Lago Di Garda
Lago Di Como
France
Chamonix
Switzerland
Fiesch
Mexico
La Salina
La Buffadora
Cotes Cliff
Halfway House
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