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    Soaring on 7-5-19

    This post is not a thermal alert about an exceptional day... just another average day at WSC.
    But, Kempton's accomplishment yesterday is motivational - to be sure.

    This forecast was based upon the availability of a glider. Earlier this past week I noted the ASG32 would once again be available for rent at WSC, with the first available day being Friday, July5th.
    I'm on the schedule, with Thomas D as my FO, and we plan to fly, so I might as well look at the weather fcst.

    The norcal RASP - https://rasp.nfshost.com/norcal-coast/ says it will be a typical good day for this time of year.

    I only needed to look at five charts to see it should be an easy ride from Goat to Hull Mtn to Yolla, T-15, hay peak and return. Granted, these charts are 130 hour forecasts into the future, but how bad can it get in only five and a half days from now? We can always cut it a bit short, if things don't pan out. Those last two charts are just for fun, and not really important for planning purposes....

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    I can't imagine it taking more than seven thermals to get to Hay Peak, and probably only three or four to get back to WSC....

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    Re: Soaring on 7-5-19

    Tuesday night update for Friday's flight to Hay Peak

    The 700 mb still shows spring like conditions
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    and Skysight confirms we will have plenty of cu to assure the ride home after our first two or three hours of flying.
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    Heck, it's Tuesday night so I can already see the Williams RASP for Friday.

    Probably a no-brainer for some of you younger studs who want a quick trip up to Mt Shasta and return on Friday.
    Get home for an early dinner.
    Thermals to 9k at 11 AM over Goat
    Thermals to 15k at Shasta at 3 PM, cu bases,even at 1600 hours are look'n good

    Amazing stuff...
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    Re: Soaring on 7-5-19

    Thursday night update:

    Tomorrow looks gooood.
    Rex has installed oxygen in the ASG32, so now, Thomas and I can fly above 12,500 more comfortably, AND he has said I am allowed to fly to the Sierra Nevada's, if I so desire.

    So... the fcst looks good.

    I've made the crossing from Yola Peak to Lassen in the DG800, the ASW24 and the ASH26E. (and I have always made it back to WSC, without power).

    It's time for the crossing in the ASG32 - conditions permitting.

    I am concerned we may not have enough height for the final glide back to WSC at 4 PM, so rather than go south from Mt Lassen, we'll go north or west.. depending on conditions.

    Flight plan A ... about 403 miles...
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    and flight plan B... about 324 miles...

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    I doubt we'll do the Shasta Turn, since 403 miles Takes a long time
    and even the shorter one is a challenge. We can always come up with plan c and,or d.

    We'd have to bring a big lunch, lots of water and start pretty early to do even the "short" course.

    We'll see how it goes. I plan to be at WSC at about 9 AM - ish
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    Re: Soaring on 7-5-19

    Post flight report.
    A disappointing day.
    It started out looking poor and then it got worse.
    Actual conditions bore very little resemblance to the RASP or BLIP map Fcst.
    but, it was a nice tow - Thank you Kerry

    Flight posted to OLC.
    Route: St John TP, Hay Peak TP, 20/16 TP, near Crazy Creek TP, near Bessa Towers TP, then home to WSC. Logged five hours.

    Kerry Towing us to a nearly cloudless sky
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    Heading north on the Mendos
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    Cloud and haze near Hy Peak TP
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    Passing Blk Butte TP southbound clouds to the north were near Yola Peak
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