Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Kaysville House

This is what I've been doing for the last seven months. We bought this great house in Davis County and gutted the main level. Here are some before and after shots of the kitchen. More to come!





Friday, November 25, 2011

Still More to Mention!


A pic taken at the South Side a few years back for the Salt Lake Tribune. Me in my old Talon.

Just a few more flights to mention. One more Randolph day and a South Side flight. Saturday October 22nd proved to be another epic weekend flight at Randolph. Lots of pilots and great air. A few newbies got their first high altitude flight, getting 3500 over in the glass!! I was able to add a few more hours to the log.

Monday November 14th, I made it down to the South Side. Cal was the only other Hang at the top, sporting a broken keel - a set-up issue. Even though he couldn't fly, Cal was kind enough to stick around and assist my launch. The wind was gusty, exceeding 25mph. Once in the air, it was reasonably smooth for late morning conditions. I quickly gained 500 over and explored the consistent lift out front over the houses. Cal was still hanging out in the parking area when I landed. Thanks Cal!

Dave buzzing Randolph launch in his Falcon.
video

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Couple Of Flights To Mention


The Crawfords. From a previous flight.

Last week I flew the Crawfords with Cody. Wednesday we drove up to Randolph and both logged 2hr flights. Friday, Sam and I added an additional 1:45 to our logs. Both days were typical fall Randolph flying. However, Wednesday I had to actually put some effort into my flight. As I took off the wind turned a bit south sending me below launch. I thought I was heading to the LZ, but did a bit of scratching until the wind straightened out.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Nice Landing

Cody aces his landing at Randolph last weekend.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A chosen few made the drive up to the Crawford's this past Sunday to experience a rare day of soaring. The forecast didn't look that great, just decent looking winds for the afternoon. We arrived at launch around 2:30pm to observe light southwest winds with some thermal induced spikes. I slowly set up expecting it would be a late glass-off. Cody, Greg and crazee Mike followed suite. Mike suddenly appeared harnessed up and on launch. Soon Mike was a grand over launch, leaving the rest of us scrambling to get in the air. Initially, we were experiencing nice reasonable climbs to 10k. The lift wasn't abundant, but consistent enough given the south component. There was an interesting cloud street dissecting the hill at a 45 degree angle. We suspected a convergence line, due to an approaching weak cold front. After a short while the wind clocked around, perfectly t-boning the hill.

As with prior flights on the Crawford's, I ventured out front at the end of each climb expecting to find broken light lift. Today was different! The cloud street was with us during most of the flight, dissipating a bit toward the end of our 2+ hour flights. Along a corridor a quarter mile wide and directly below the street, I was getting significantly strong climbs 13 to 14k all the way out to the foothills west of Randolph. Greg was finding the same amazing lift out front.

Everyone enjoyed this phenomenal soaring day landing with an additional 2+ hours to fatten their flight log with. Cody took the airhog award for the day, landing last with a perfect no-steper.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

S K U N K E D

Cody and I flew the Short Divide on Saturday. We knew before hand it might be a gamble given the soaring forecast. There weren't very many other options for flying because of the over development and possible thunderstorms in the area.

We launched around 4:30pm, a little late probably. I was the first off. I was scratching from launch to landing in the powdery, downhill, plowed bailout field. I actually pulled off my landing with several long strides, sinking past my ankles in the loamy soil with each step. I did drop the control frame on the last step.

Cody launched after I landed. His flight was shorter than mine. Cody executed his perfect crosswind landing, specially developed for this LZ.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Saturday Lisa V and myself had Heber to Ourselves. Mike Glassgow was along as driver. Heber hasn't been flown much this year. in fact, I believe Lisa and I were the first hangs to fly there a few weeks ago this season. The conditions were similar Saturday as it was a few weeks back - with a bit more moisture. We launched around 1:30pm into a thready 8-15mph wind. It wasn't a gimme! The thermals were hard to core. They were small and punchy with a definite shear cutting the lift off at 10.5k. We groveled around for an hour in the turbulence, then finally Lisa found a great core out front. Finally full turns in consistant 500 -1000 ft. per min. lift. We took that one to 13.5k and I headed over the back. Lisa hung back and rung out the thermal, climbing to 14.5k. We met back up over the cement plant outside of Park City, and worked some light cores until a fatty landed us over Rockport Reservoir at 14k again.

There were great cumulus developments on route, and several climbs took me close to cloud base. Back to the southeast heavy OD was dumping rain and hail over parts of the Uintas. The storm cells were not a threat given the distance from our route.

After topping out over Rockport, we headed N.E. to Coalville where my flight ended. Lisa flew a few miles further, up Chalk Creek, and landed in a great field in the narrow valley.

Great flight, awesome visuals, good friends!!



Bruce over launch.



Buce getting ready



Bruce launching



Lisa Verzella launching.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Steorts Arete

My friend Arno Ilgner Came out for the Outdoor Retailers show this week. Arno is the author of the the Warriors Way climbing books. Not only is he a successful writer, he's not to bad of climber either. I had the opportunity to break my two year climbing slump.




Sunday, July 31, 2011

I Love This Place!

Cody, Dan M and I had a quintessential Randolph session on Friday. We arrived on launch around 2:30pm and were all airborne an hour later. The conditions were really perfect with the wind coming around t-boning the hill half an hour after we launched. It could have been a great XC day had we planned it out and brought a driver. Cloud streets were lined up heading straight out to Oyster Ridge. Oh well, we made due with 2+ hour flights. Definitely a flying site that deserves our praise!!

Oh, and of course Don Pedros in Evanston post flight!!


Archived picture of the ridge

2011 King Mountain Championships



June 11 through the 17 I was in Moore, Idaho for the 2011 King Mountain Championships. It's a hang gliding comp that happens every year at one of the greatest flying sites in the world. This year there were about 70 competitors at the comp, which is a good turnout for a hang gliding comp. Our team took second place in the comp. Lisa Verzella, one of the team members, placed fourth overall and had an outstanding 100 miler during the comp. Paul Alen, another team pilot got longest flight of the meet - 125+ miles. I must say, I was in awe of my fellow team mates. Most of the comp days saw big over development. Pilots willing to fly the tasks took on additional weather related risks.



Lisa Verzella, me and our awesome driver Sharon Lepardi (color girl).



Upper launch



Lisa launching



Our team Me, Lisa Verzella, Paul Alen, Sharon Lepardi and K.C. Benn.

Monday, July 04, 2011

FAVORITE THINGS- flying randolph

This is a vid shot last month at Randolph. The Bear River is way out of it's banks, and the flooding is evident. The regular LZ is under water, so we had to use the alternate LZ close to the hill.

Beautiful as always!


Monday, May 23, 2011

More Inspo

here's a vid I took from Saturday -

Inspo Photo Session

I got out to Inspo on Saturday. With the sky showing the possibility of overdeveloping, I continued, believing the incoming high pressure would dry things out later in the day. When I got to launch a PG instructor was launching students - about 8 to 10. Most were getting high, a few several grand over launch. As I set up, the the sky began filling in, and by the time I launched there was over 90% coverage. Surprisingly, there was strong lift everywhere.

I met a photographer and his wife on launch. They drove my car down. He was kind enough to send me the pics he took -





Monday, May 09, 2011

Thursday 5.5.11

Cody and I got out Thursday for some great spring flying. The Short Divide was on. We set up in soarable winds, and were soon in the air enjoying smooth lift. Both of us got high enough to fly down to Gunsight Peak. A high level cloud formation spread out and effected thermal production later in the flight. We landed at the Chevron station close to I-15.

A friend of Cody took some shots from launch.




Cody over launch


Cody somewhere over the ridge in back.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Spring at Inspo

It was great to get out to the mountains after a loooong winter. Exceptional views and great thermals. Lisa V is seen on her bag near the end of the vid. Great climb0out!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

TODAY

It's been a slow start for flying this year. Most mountain sites are still snowed in. Makes one appreciate the Point of the Mountain.

Today I was out early. I was able to take advantage of the mornings strong pre-frontal conditions.


Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Just a pic from the archives.


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The following courtesy of Sherry Williams.

Only two blacks were newly elected to congress this cycle, and both are Republican. Ret. Army Lt. Colonel Allen West is from southern Florida, a bastion of the Democratic Party. He won in a walk. Check this out.

This new Congressman was an extremely popular commander in Iraq. He was forced to retire because during an intense combat action a few of his men were captured. At the same time his men had captured one of the guys who were with the Iraqis who captured his men.

Knowing that time was crucial and his interrogators were not getting anywhere with the prisoner, Colonel West took matters into his own hands. He burst into the room and demanded through an interpreter that the prisoner tell him where his men were being taken. The prisoner refused so Colonel West took out his pistol and placed it into the prisoner's crotch and fired. Then, the Colonel told the prisoner that the next shot would not miss. So the prisoner said he would show where the American service members were being taken. The Americans were rescued. Someone filed a report on incorrect handling of prisoners. Colonel West was forced to retire. Colonel West was just elected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida. During the elections he was part of a panel on how to handle or how to relate to Muslims. You will see his answer here.

Here is one of the new congressmen from Florida explaining very definitively in just over a minute the truth about Islam.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wills Wing Poster Boy

A surprise last month when I received a text from Lisa V, "wow, great full page spread!". Turns out Wills Wing used a pic Ryan Voight took of me at Heber this past summer. The ad is a nice full page spread. The pic was also used for the USHPA annual hang glider calender.