II World GP Gliding Championships

II World GP Gliding Championships


We finally managed to get to Geraldine, we have Nissan Pulsar. Very comfortable, but unfortunately rear window does not open like in Toyota. It’s an exceptional traffic for a little town like this, because it’s summer. This is how Burkes Pass look like, it’s a shame that we cannot record the smell of this place. And again, Tekapo lake, this time the wind isn’t so strong. A little bit of rain and snow, but the weather is better than previously, plenty of greenery and lupine everywhere, that smells so good. Pukaki lake, unbelievable colour of water. This is the centre of McKenzie basin, where the grass is always yellow. That’s why it is so good to fly gliders here. This is Ahuriri river. In Amaran valley. Big Ben, Little Ben and gliders above it. What is this guy doing on our sky? Doesn’t he know that gliders fly here? I got myself into Makuri River and I cannot leave this place. I missed the water. The water is everywhere. Maybe that’s why I cannot get out of here. I don’t know how much time has elapsed, an hour maybe. At last I got out of this valley and I’m at the summit height. Bad Tukituki River. It’s getting late, I need to fly home. Holy crap! Water, water, how beautiful it looks. But we’d be much more interested in what’s over there. It’s a pity that today we cannot fly, everybody is having holiday. We’re in Queenstown. Someone told me that this is Polish Zakopane, but I think it’s more like Szczyrk. It’s a small town, not like Zakopane for sure. This is supposed to be Queenstown Gubałówka. Arrowtown, one of the oldest towns. Here’s some fisherman. I don’t envy this guy fling today at this weather. You know, this strip is just going into the lake. This is how snow looks like. It sticks to glider, I need to bypass it. I’ll wait with all the recording until I’m on a wave. So far I’m thrown around this place, I’m afraid that the camera will fall down. The views are beautiful. Guy are depressed a bit today, they got rid of water and after each leap they are 500 m higher. I fly behind Ben Flewet. We’ll see what happens. I wonder what will happen to my variometer. Ben is a bit depressed, I fly about 50 km/h faster than him. It’s bumpy as hell, the lift is poor and I have to fly over that pass. The situation is this, I’ve just sat Ben Flewet on Haast Pass. More or less this is the place where Uli Schwenk has landed. At front, I have only one pass and I need to fly it over in order to return to Amarami. I could still fly that way, but I need to turn back somewhere, otherwise I won’t pass this mountain. This is windward here. Very severe turbulence, there are rotors above me and with don’t have lift on this slope. I’ve been so far, this should be enough. Ben Flewet was here some 200 m below and when he got into intercurrent descent he was forced to land. See you later. It’s good to be high again after the valley adventure. I wanted to land on this green field over there behind the pass. I was forced down and I barely got here. I bounced from this wood. If you higher that the tips, you’re ok. It’s good to be high. I’ve just reached a wave. What a rush, 5 m/s and I’m at 3000 m. Until now, this was a struggle, I think the glider have never been so abused. This lake below me is Kukaki. It’s go this unbelievable colour of water. A bit further, there’s Tekapo lake. Somewhere there I left my car key in a trunk. Now, I fly to Mount Cook. You can see it in front of me. I hope, that after it, over Mount Aspiring, this is that small hill, I’ll have good wave on leeward. And so I am at Mount Cook. The wave could be better, but in front of me a bit above, there is a flock, I hope there’s a better rotor. I’ll show you. There are flocks near Mount Cook. There’s another one, this may mean better wave. It’s better that I don’t fly there to high, because I have water in my tail which can freeze. Fuck, now I got into serious trouble. But I hope that these clouds passing by mean that there will be wave above me if I get out of here and survive, I’ll have great story to tell. I hope that the break won’t disappear beyond that clouds, otherwise it’s over. So far so good. I think I bounced from that valley bottom. We’ll have better lifting. Ufff! Mount Cook almost beat me today. Now, the lift is 7 m/s. Unfortunately I somehow managed to pass the admissible altitude 95 by 900 a few hundred meters. Now I’m below. This is Thompsons. We’ll see the wave in the South. If it’s good, I’ll fly a bit more. I asked a lady at Queenstown, to let me fly higher and she let me to FL 135. I should have a transponder here but well, the glider does not have one. I need to find some lenses to give me a lift, because so far it’s been not well. This time I’ll try fly leeward those hill at Downtown. Previously I flew windward, through Wanaka. Camera Production

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