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By wonderwind_flyer
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Tekoa is one of my favorite sites in the country. I haven't flown there since the mid-1980s so it comforting to see that it looks pretty much the same now as it did then.

Thx much for sharing the video(!) ... it is a helpful reminder to make plans to visit there this summer.

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By remmoore
#395226
Mike,

I've been curious for awhile as to what you do about retrieve for those local flights that end at the airport. It doesn't look like the closest landing option, so I'm guessing you don't hike back from the bottom. Do you have a buddy there who drives you back to your vehicle? Have a little dirt-bike stowed there to take back to the top?

RM
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By Wonder Boy
#395240
I have a little motorcycle I drop off if my GF isnt there.
If I land at the bottom its only a 35 min hike back up.
The airport is so much better to breakdown at :)
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By Wonder Boy
#395242
wonderwind_flyer wrote:...

Tekoa is one of my favorite sites in the country. I haven't flown there since the mid-1980s so it comforting to see that it looks pretty much the same now as it did then.

Thx much for sharing the video(!) ... it is a helpful reminder to make plans to visit there this summer.

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Its a great site for sure. Glad you enjoyed.
We dont get too many visitors.

We did have Joe and his wife from Virginia visit a few years back, they had a good time

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By ChattaroyMan
#395243
Nice save at the airport! I gotta try that :)
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By miraclepieco
#395246
In late summer we have lots of "smoke thermals" in the Willamette Valley also. Unfortunately I once had a potential record XC abruptly shut down when farmers torched off their fields below. Completely smoked-in, I was lucky to find the ground in a safe place.
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By Litespeeder
#395261
First, I would like to say that I enjoy watching your video's. You seem to always make the most of your flying days, your planned XC tasks are aggressive and challenging. I too love a challenging task and the decision making that comes with it. A few years ago I was flying a task in our local comp [ECC], after about 30 miles I was on a long glide with no lift or prospects of lift, then things got worse I was getting low and had to take a leak. I turned toward an area with good LZ's, in one field a farmer was harvesting wheat, when I flew over it I was greeted with a 600' per min climb that I took from 500' alg to 6k. when I was getting near the top I started to relax from cranking and banking and remembered how bad i had to take a leak, after some adjustment , I got the little fella out and made a very localized rain shower [ I leave my pant zipper down before I launch for such an occasion] and continued on reaching goal that day. Now back to the farmer harvesting the wheat, I noticed some harvesting equipment near your low save. Were they working the field at the time of your climb? Do you ever try to find thermals over fields that are being harvested, I have had some success over field that are being worked. Its just another part of decision making while going XC.
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By captclem
#395263
Thanks Mike for another great video. Hope to join you someday soon. On my bucket list. Hope you can join RM and me at our favorite site Indian Valley. Keep sharing your flights with us. Dave C.
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By Wonder Boy
#395289
miraclepieco wrote:In late summer we have lots of "smoke thermals" in the Willamette Valley also. Unfortunately I once had a potential record XC abruptly shut down when farmers torched off their fields below. Completely smoked-in, I was lucky to find the ground in a safe place.
Bummer.
Yeah smoke sucks!
We had some nasty fires in 2015, this was the last flight for this area.

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By Wonder Boy
#395290
ChattaroyMan wrote:Nice save at the airport! I gotta try that :)
:)

Even at the hill on the way to the LZ works too, could even get you a 100 miler :thumbsup:



and some good pratice
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By Wonder Boy
#395293
Litespeeder wrote:First, I would like to say that I enjoy watching your video's. You seem to always make the most of your flying days, your planned XC tasks are aggressive and challenging. I too love a challenging task and the decision making that comes with it. A few years ago I was flying a task in our local comp [ECC], after about 30 miles I was on a long glide with no lift or prospects of lift, then things got worse I was getting low and had to take a leak. I turned toward an area with good LZ's, in one field a farmer was harvesting wheat, when I flew over it I was greeted with a 600' per min climb that I took from 500' alg to 6k. when I was getting near the top I started to relax from cranking and banking and remembered how bad i had to take a leak, after some adjustment , I got the little fella out and made a very localized rain shower [ I leave my pant zipper down before I launch for such an occasion] and continued on reaching goal that day. Now back to the farmer harvesting the wheat, I noticed some harvesting equipment near your low save. Were they working the field at the time of your climb? Do you ever try to find thermals over fields that are being harvested, I have had some success over field that are being worked. Its just another part of decision making while going XC.
Thanks.
I honestly think I have found as many thermal away from equipment as near them.
I think we see the tractor, its loosening up dirt or causing dust so we focus there. Generally we are low and looking for help of any kind.
For me on a light wind day it helps for a direction if I am going to land out and or where a thermal might be drifting. Saved my butt more than a few times. But I have also had saves from a regular ol' field :)

(I have a loop of small diameter line I loop through my zipper pull to aid in gloved extraction :wink:
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By Wonder Boy
#395294
captclem wrote:Thanks Mike for another great video. Hope to join you someday soon. On my bucket list. Hope you can join RM and me at our favorite site Indian Valley. Keep sharing your flights with us. Dave C.
That would be great on both accounts!
Looking forward to it.

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