After a beautiful climb up Single Cone to inspect one of the future winter missions, we moved on to double cone and discussed the possibility of a launch from the summit by tossing the gliders above us and checking them in the air before stepping off.  This time the decision was made to move to a lower more suitable take off and practice some rope skills on the short descent to it.  After several attempts during the short moments of clearance we received from Queenstown Air Traffic Control we again decided to move down the West face to an area less effected by wind rotor.  From here we both launched for a great gully flight!

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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.

A jaunt into the New Zeland Alps to climb and fly.

 *The weather forecast is too bad to go into the hills from 12-16th April – trip postponed *

12th April to 16th of April – Open to other speedflying pilots with alpine skills

Dugald and I will be heading into the NZ Alps near the start of April to Tasman Saddle hut.  The objective of this trip will be to do some alpine training with Dugald and to climb a number of nearby peaks and fly off them.

Objective 1

Hochstetter Dome.
A good easy alpine training hill with a great summit from which to launch from

Objective 2

9144 – Mt Annan Ridge
This area offers a number of different locations to climb and fly from  – either along the ridge line or from the summit of 9144.  Gaining the summit during winter is via a snow / ice gulley – in summer conditions it is a great alpine rock adventure.  The summit offers a great place to launch from again

Objective 3

Walter Peak
Probably a little to ambitious for this particular trip but if you don't try you don't do.  Walter Peak combines some interesting glacial travel with moderate alpine slopes to bring you up onto the main divide.  If the treu summit of Walter gives no joy there is an awesome Plateau from which to launch from about 100m below the main summit

A mid Autumn flight from the top of Single Cone.

May 1st to May 9th

Open to all Speedflying Pilots

This time of year can be pretty tricky.  There maybe a fair amount of new snow up on single double cone or there may still just be bare rock!  There are a few ways up Single Cone, all involve a little bit of technical rock climbing but the route of choice is to do a traverse of both Double and Single cone!  We'll be focusing on flying from Single Cone initially but if weather and local conditions deny us we may need to move lower on the hill. 

We have two flight options – to the west all the way down to the valley floor – a descent of near 2000m or to the N and into the Lake Alta region.

The Remarks after a mid summer snow storm.  looks like winter!

How the Remarks looks normally in Summer