There are simply heaps of non-alpine mountains and hills around Wanaka that are ideal for a bit of a training hike and fly mission.  A few days ago we went for a wander up to the Saddle of Treble Cone and walked out towards End Peak.  As the day wore on and the winter sun set in the western sky we quickly realized that we needed to make a flight happen, we were running out of daylight and we still wanted to go rock climbing as well!

The actual flight was pretty kewl with Dugald running an amazing canyon / valley down to the waterfalls overlooking the TC paragliding landing area. 

 

Enjoy the flight – we enjoyed the walk!

 

 

Attempt Window
May 15 – May 31st

 

Trip Length
3 Days

 

Open to Speedflying Pilots with Alpine Experience

At 2819m Mt Ernslaw is a fairly stylish peak to do from the Valley floor (about 350m).  We'll be heading up to Wright col and esquilant Bivvy to climb and fly from the summit.  Depending on the wind and weather conditions we may try to fly down the mighty South Face or simply down the North face and into the Rees Valley.

 

Mt Ernslaw as seen from the road to Queenstown.  The South Face is the obvious large glaciated face in the middle of the two summits.  The launch site is the highest peak on the right.