Given the state of the weather, here’s a timely reminder about why flying with wet, or even damp, paragliders is a very bad idea.
By Brian Stewart on November 15, 2019 16:58
By Andy Archer on September 28, 2019 16:27
Venue: Bistrot Pierre – Preston (back by popular demand)
Date: Sat 21st December 2019
Time: 5pm – 7pm + Drinks afterwards
Cost: £27.50 per head – (£10 deposit per person required)
Max attendees: 30 (first come first serve basis)
Christmas Menu – we will be required to complete a pre-order of the food by mid November
Please let me know if you would like to attend firstname.lastname@example.org along with your menu choice.
I'll then send you an email back with details regarding the deposit.
By Brian Stewart on September 10, 2019 14:41
September 2019 Changing winds - revisited
The forecast was for light winds, starting in the East and veering right around the compass through SE, S, SW to West by mid-afternoon, so where else would you go but Parlick, with an eye on the Totridge run before the wind swung too far. It turned out pretty spot on to begin with and the East bowl was fairly busy, without too much height to play with. Murph showed how it’s done with a tenacious trip across the washing machine early on to complete the run. Later as the wind went further South-East more attempted the trip and at least 3 managed it cleanly without a touch and go.
Coming back into the bowl, it would have been easy to head back to the East face take off, but for the warning signs:
· The forecast direction change
· My instrument told me the wind was SSW (I don’t trust the XCSoar wind calculation too strongly, it takes a lot of consistent circling before it makes up its mind)
· The glider field windsock
· A PG not having a good time near the crags
GJ and I headed on a direct line to the showground and enjoyed a very lifty ride; others shot up 3000’. Something was going on. 5 minutes after landing in Chipping, still more or less into a Southerly wind, the trees around us started thrashing violently from the West as the sea breeze (?) switched on. Meanwhile in the landing field there were backwards landings and blow-backs into the wrong field.
As always, awareness of the conditions is vital. Keep asking yourself what the wind is doing; how it compares with what you expected. If a sea breeze arrives at Parlick, it can catch anyone out, especially after a long period of fairly constant, benign wind speeds and directions. The sudden appearance of massive lift suggests a convergence as the two winds met – another warning sign that things are about to change.
By Andy Archer on August 13, 2019 19:27
A couple of weeks ago one of our members was challenged by the Wolfen Hall Gamekeeper for landing in the fields below Saddle End Farm. It seems that the the owner of Wolfen Hall purchased Saddle End Farm and surrounding land a few years ago, as such they are now breeding game birds on the land surrounding Saddle End as well as the land directly below the east face of Parlick.
We have been asked not to land in the area marked in red on the plan, this is a much larger areas than previous. Please adhere to this.
If you are approached by the game keeper please be respectful and understanding of their frustration with you, it is their livelihood after all. Please report it to me so that I can manage the situation.
As it was the PSC member involved had a good conversation with the gamekeeper and reported it to me straight away, this allowed me to contact both the game keeper & landowner to understand the issue and obtain the latest info of the Exclusion zone.
PSC Sites Officer