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Jun 10, 2016 10:32 PM # 
There are some paragliders visible in the satellite photo, where your track makes a sharp turn to the right shortly before the major towers. I've wanted to launch my hang glider from there for quite a while, and I'm determined to do it this year.
Jun 10, 2016 10:38 PM # 
Oh, a nice yellow one. You must have been checking out the satellite view pretty carefully, because I had to zoom way in before it showed up.

This was the only glider I saw out there. My guess is s/he launches from around there quite often.

Jun 11, 2016 9:44 PM # 
I see at least three paragliders at or near launch in the picture, and possibly two more that are gathered up in a ball (though they might be something else entirely). Plus the one that I think you're referring to which is clearly flying (as is one of the ones at launch, I think). I just took another quick scan and spotted three more flying a bit further north.
Jun 11, 2016 10:17 PM # 
Yup, I just had to look around a bit more. And did you notice the one that I sure hope is a glider, because if it's not, a car is just about to nail it on Rt. 141.

How do they get up there? Haul their gear up the service road would seem the obvious, but I seem to remember you being the only one physically able to do such a thing. A special arrangement to drive up?
Jun 12, 2016 2:35 AM # 
The one over the road is one of the ones that I spotted, yes. As far as getting up there, we're talking about paraglider pilots, not hang glider pilots. They have the advantage of lighter gear, as well as being in better shape on average. Those guys park by the Log Cabin on Rte. 141 and hike up via the powerline and through the woods. I helped a guy carry a hang glider up that way once, and it was a pain in the ass. The more feasible approach, which is what I intend to do, is to go up the service road with my glider on a cart. A few hang glider pilots have been know to do that, with wheels on the glider or with somebody to help them carry stuff. In the past, people have been known to drive up, I guess because the gate wasn't always locked.

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