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Annecy Trip - Day 11

Finally some flying - two and a half hours at Saleve


Today the weather finally let up a bit. We headed off for Saleve in the hope that it might be flyable. On the way we stopped by Planfait to see what it looked like. It was looking ok, but we decided by a vote of two to one to try Saleve (I voted against).

Andy Brazier - Annecy


We managed to find our way to a launch area, but it was not quite into wind so we headed off on a little trek.

Jason Andrews - Saleve


When we arrived the mat was pretty empty.

Mark and Jason Andrews - Saleve launch mat


Jason got his prayer mat out and Andy did another spectacular Hare Krishna impersonation.

Jason Andrews and Andy Brazier - Saleve launch mat


Looking northeast along the ridge - take off in the distance.

Jason Andrews paragliding low over Saleve


Saleve is an acro hotspot.

Pilot performing SATs in his paraglider


After two and a half hours of magnificent 'boating' interspersed with some filming I was forced to land. A big black cloud had formed over Saleve and my forward speed was virtually zero.

Dark clouds forming over Saleve


A glide ratio of 2:1 put me down just short of the bottom landing field, accompanied by two other pilots who hugged as soon as they were on the ground! I was reduced to a 1:1 when I came off speedbar and was straight on the C lines to avoid getting dragged.

Hugging pilots visible in the background!

Mark Andrews - landing short of LZ at Saleve (Jason cut my hair!)


The Norwegians returned from Italy. They are here for another week except Arild who was back off to Switzerland tonight.

Jason and Arild outside Maison du Moulin - Annecy



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