Well the 2019 paragliding and hang gliding season on Mount 7 has come and gone. Snow arrived at The Lookout at the end of September this year. While there were a few warmer days in the valley through October, snow on the upper part of the access road continued to accumulate. Weather was unsettled and windy throughout the month so generally there was not much incentive to head up, even for a late season sledder.
The road to the main launch site on Mount 7 (The Lookout) was clear as of the May 25th weekend. While conditions were difficult for the first few days, several locals didn’t miss the opportunity to air out their wings. Continue reading
The 2018 season got off to an early start this year with the Lookout launch accessible by vehicle on the May 21st long weekend. The remaining days in May proved to be perfect weather for a number of epic XC flights.
The photo above was captured by Jeremy Fletcher as he completed a flight from Golden to Invermere, setting a personal best XC distance of some 110km. Jeremy, a Canadian who has been living in New Zealand for the past couple of years came to Golden in mid-July because he had heard that “big-distance” was possible here. On his very first attempt at XC from Mount 7, he achieved his goal of 100+ kilometers to Invermere. On this flight he also set a personal best for altitude gain. Continue reading
Despite the huge amount of snow this past winter, the Lookout Launch on Mt. 7 was completely vehicle accessible on May 20th this year. Just a week prior, the road was blocked with snow at the 11km mark. Having gone up the mountain on the evening of May 20th with the intent to fly out of the 9k launch, I was surprised to find that the road was in excellent shape right to the Lookout.
Flyers can take advantage of the “Mount 7 Up Truck” service for getting up to the Mt7 launch (The Lookout) or use the service as a way to retrieve your vehicle at the end of the day.
Well it’s the time of year when the end of winter is just over the horizon. Thoughts start turning to acquiring “the latest, greatest and coolest” gear for 2017. Simultaneously, enticing equipment ads start showing up – now usually in the form of beautifully made YouTube or Vimeo videos.
The 2017 hang gliding and paragliding season in Golden BC will soon be upon us. Time to get signed up for the event of the season – The annual Willi-XC Challenge…