Up by the Heublein Tower, was it? How was the footing?
In micro spikes, the footing was excellent! You know about the trip up, but may not know as much about the trip down. Sam was pulling the carts and slipping a bit, so I realized he had inappropriate footwear and I took the cart. Again, just the right footwear. Sam's dog did fine, too.
Sounds like just the right activity for when Rhonda is out of town as she probably wouldn't have found it anywhere near as interesting as you did.
Thanks for the interesting report. I wonder why J-J's launch involved a stomach-churning drop, while the next guy launched straight out? More of an adrenaline high?
I enjoy reading
about J-J's exploits, including his longest Ascutney flight last August...over 2-1/2 hours! Great pictures and good writing:
...as the trees down below were thrashing back and forth like the mosh pit at a punk concert....
The issue with the launch was a bad habit that I have of having my first step be too explosive, while not holding the nose of the glider down aggressively enough. The nose momentarily rises, then dips back down. This is not the preferred way of doing things, but when it works out like yesterday, the end result is fine, because diving from launch allows you to get airspeed quickly, and get out away from the cliff. But it's better to start out with the nose low and do that dive directly. It wasn't stomach-churning at all for me, the worst thing that could have happened with me flying straight like that would have been a comparatively short trip to the landing field, which is what happened the previous time Charlie came up there with me, many years ago. This flight was 25 minutes.
The other factor was that with the wind behaving as it was, I waited for a real lull to launch. The same launch with the wind blowing harder would have resulted in the glider climbing, even though it's technically in a dive. But when I launched, there was very little lift (not an issue, as I found some a minute or so later).