I normally connect with something at Truleigh Hill, but today was a total disaster – any bit of lift
was met with an equal amount of sink moments later. The result of which meant I had to spend most of my time
scratching back and forth, sometimes flying a little closer to the hill than comfortable...
1 December 2016 - Barry Knows Best
Barry Knows Best is probably one of the most famous single tracks in the Surrey Hills and I confess to it being one of mine too...
13 November 2016 - New Duration Personal Best
With the whole Truleigh Ridge working for most of the day, it's no surprise I stayed up for well over 2 hours...
5 November 2016 - Gale Hanging
I screamed back along the ridge with a tail wind, admiring the
numerous birds of prey on the slopes below! My only moment of real
excitement happened when a sail plane suddenly appeared directly
above me flying towards the Dyke. It was probably only 50 feet above
me and left me for standing as it blasted its way down the ridge!
It's a times like that, that I wished I'd attached the camera to the
23 October 2016 - Sedgwick Park to Monks Gate
A blast on my mountain bike down one of my local down-hills to try out my new video camera and chest mount.
11 October 2016 - U2 Service
I haven't had nowhere as much use of my U2 as I'd have liked so
wasn't really over concerned about delaying the side wire replacement
beyond the 12 months as recommended by Wills Wing...
7 October 2016 - Aerotow Demonstration at Ringmer Gliding Club
As the day drew to a close, the chairman of the
gliding club was treated to a ride on the tug and the day was
concluded. There was certainly a very positive feeling from all parties
and in conclusion, it was successful afternoon...
2 October 2016 - The Early Bird Gets The Worm!
I was surprised that no-one else had attempted the Truleigh Run, but
as I set out on the Truleigh Ridge and started hitting sink with
minimal lift to reward me, I realised that the Truleigh Run was going
to be hard work...
18 September 2016 - A Simple Sled Ride
Unfortunately, the top of the hill was dipping into the base of the clouds so it would be a wait for the cloud to lift...
3 September 2016 - Caburn Conquered!
As I looked back at Caburn and the views before me I couldn't help
but think that this is such a wonderful site that needed to be
exploited by hang gliders – the paraglider's secret was now out!
25 May 2016 - Geeky Sites!
This website has always been used as a personal learning platform and this month it was time
to finally play with the Google Maps API. As usual, I needed a practical use so I decided to create
my own version of a hang gliding sites guide (and before you think it, I know there are already very good guides
in existence!). I also had the opportunity to get my head around the TomTom POI specification, so the guide is also available
as a POI download for your own TomTom navigators!
14 May 2016 - Fickle Firle
I had also noticed that the far more competent and
experienced hang glider pilots already airborne had spotted my thermal
and descended on me like vultures on fallen prey. With traffic and
geography to contend with, I relinquished my thermal which set me on a
slow and gradual path to an inevitable bottom landing...