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Paragliding Horseshoe_Walts Point , CA

Paragliding Horseshoe_Walts Point , CA

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Wind Dir. : ESE E ENE NE NNE
Wind: Mini: 0| Maxi 25 mph Gust Max : 18 mph


H 2785 m, HD 1455 m / medium
rating 4/6
regularly used, for experienced pilots, good xc spot
H4,experienced H3 recommended
regular start direction E/NE.
1 hour to Lone Pine, 1 hour to the top on a 2WD paved road
This is the famous launch point of many world records that were set years ago!
It’s a great morning site (East facing..), and launch is directly off a pull-off on the paved road. It’s a cakewalk launch for hangies and a flat slope then off a cliff launch for PG’s. Advanced pilots only! Make sure the winds are not out of the west before you fly…its not a fun ride flying the Sierra’s when its blowing over the back!!!
After launch first turn right and fly the saddle to get the first thermals
Direct link to flights
Region: California - USASee flights near this point [ 254 ]Site record : 411.9 kmLink to more information : -
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Sierra Nevada FB:
Sierra Nevada weather stations:
Owens Valley Telegram group:
good introduction of Owens Valley flying (HG):
"The first ever 100 and
200 milers in the United States originated here on
both paragliders and hang gliders. The launch is
a road cutting sitting precariously at the back of a
canyon. Launching a paraglider is always an intense
experience: it’s often difficult to get your wing into the
clean cycles that swirl up and over the road cutting,
the glide out is questionable and the climb right off
launch can be throttling.
However, using Walt’s allows you to start deep in
the Sierras from where you can fly by Mt Whitney, the
tallest peak in the lower 48 states. Eventually you can
leave the Sierras and cross Owens Valley to the White
Mountains from where you can follow the range until it
ends, leave California and enter the Nevada desert - a
glorious life experience." (xc info) (owens valley flying)
Take off : Launch is either known as Walt's Point or Horseshoe.
This is more a HG site than a place for PG - as the launch requires a special technique: lay out your glider across the TO with the right wing tip right at the edge of launch; the bring up the right side first...
After TO turn right towards the small saddle (but don NOT fly across)- normally the thermals are right there.
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N036° 28' 21.72"   W118° 06' 54.00"© · last update 1/2023Feedback / Correction
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