Lance and I took up the DG-1000 on Saturday to see where we could go. After some struggling, we found that it was difficult to climb much above 12,800 feet. There were large areas of sink near Mount Rose and the good lift appeared to be only near the hot rocks and on the ridge leading to Verdi Peak.
About an hour or so into the flight another pilot called that he had contacted wave over the Truckee landfill at 12,500. We were just heading back from Verdi and went straight to the landfill. We contacted the weak wave and spent the next few hours exploring it.
The wave wasn't particularly strong or widespread, but we did our best. Eventually some of the nearby moisture came over and helped to form rotor clouds that would cycle every 10 minutes or so. That made it a bit easier to find the lift bands.
Our total flight time was just over four hours. I've posted the photos from the trip, including a few shots of the rotor clouds that appeared over Northstar.
The Summer soaring season is clearly winding down. The days are shorter, the thermals are shorter and weaker, and it gets downright cold at night in the mountains. About half the glider trailers have already left Truckee for the season. Pretty soon we'll have the brief Fall season, which can bring nice afternoons of local soaring near Hollister. Then it's time to gear up for the late Winter and early Spring pre-frontal wave and post-frontal thermal soaring.
Posted by jzawodn at September 18, 2005 09:26 PM