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#24155 - 05/19/12 11:03 PM Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7228
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's a 28-minute video from a glider trip May 12. This pilot (Jonathan / NMERider) launched at Walt's Point on the Horseshoe Meadows road, and he worked his way north, with a number of views of Mt Whitney.

He only made it a little above 13,000 ft, and was always on the east side of the crest. He had several on-board cameras, along with sound, and he gives some narrative along the way. He landed in the pasture on the north side of Whitney Portal Road, just two blocks from Main Street / 395. (satellite view/map here)

The fisheye lens on one of the cameras makes identifying some of the peaks difficult, but he gets some good shots of Mt Whitney, Upper Boy Scout Lake, Mt Russel and Mt Williamson.

Some views:
7:16 Langley, Corcoran, LeConte (these often between 5:00 and 12:00)
12:50 Crossing the ridge sw of Lone Pine Pk
13:15 Meysan Lk (frozen)
13:49 good view of Mt Whitney
14:28 Lone Pine Lk
15:30 Lone Pine lk, Outpost camp, Mirror Lk, Consultation Lk, Mt Whitney
16:16 Upper Boy Scout Lk, and Girl Scout Lk
Somewhere between 17 and 21 minutes is the Gambler's Special area.

Best watched on full-screen.
Here's the Youtube link.




He's also posted a set of (~200) pictures on Flickr from a Sept, 09 flight starting at the same point.
  Spectacular Beauty Soaring the Sierra Nevada
One of those pictures:


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#24159 - 05/20/12 09:43 AM Re: Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video [Re: Steve C]
Jch Offline


Registered: 06/04/11
Posts: 8
Loc: SoCal
Great video! Nice to see the aerial perspective.

Thanks for posting.

John

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#24163 - 05/20/12 04:27 PM Re: Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video [Re: Steve C]
Trailgypsy Offline


Registered: 04/01/12
Posts: 20
Loc: Arizona
That was awe inspiring!! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty of the Sierras.

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#24167 - 05/20/12 06:00 PM Re: Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video [Re: Steve C]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 780
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Thanks for posting that incredible video.

A climber friend of mine took up hang-gliding after he moved from Bishop and later said, "Now I know why I liked climbing so much."

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#24190 - 05/21/12 11:19 AM Re: Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video [Re: Bob West]
NMERider Offline


Registered: 05/21/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Los Angeles
Originally Posted By: Bob West
Thanks for posting that incredible video.

A climber friend of mine took up hang-gliding after he moved from Bishop and later said, "Now I know why I liked climbing so much."
Thanks to Steve C for sharing my video along w/ the slide show.
Here is the track log for the Whitney flight: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/605173

If you download the KML you can see how deep I was able to fly into the canyons. Normally we don't go in this deep but the weather was really mellow and the turbulence was minimal. This was my big chance to get high def video with snow and frozen lakes. The lighting is also better w/ the sun not high overhead.

Memorial Day weekend should see the maximum number of hang glider and paraglider pilots out at Walt's Point or one of the other launch sites depending on the wind direction. As Summer moves in it becomes more turbulent and pilots tend to fly at the foot of the range or over the valley. Altitudes can easily reach 18K as well.

I had another nice flight from Walt's last June: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/464616
Here's the video...


Well, I am envious of those who are able to hike up and down those wonderful trails. I need to spend less time aloft and more on my feet or my bicycle. If anyone is interested, I highly recommend taking lessons just for the experience of learning the basics. After that point one can always decide whether to pursue the sport. http://ushpa.aero/request_information.asp?about=Lessons

Cheers, Jonathan

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#24191 - 05/21/12 11:40 AM Re: Magnificent Mt Whitney Soaring: Hang glider video [Re: NMERider]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7228
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks for posting here, Jonathan.

If people are interested, visiting that track log site:
  http://www.paraglidingforum.com/leonardo/flight/605173
and then clicking the "terrain" option at the top, it gives a great view of the relief of the ridges you were flying over. Zooming in, one can really see how you spent so much time working the ridges to gain altitude.

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