Chief's Peak Hike & Fly

Partnership with Topa Topa Brewing and Ojai Raptor Center

What: Sprint Hike and Fly Race

When: October 31

Where: Ojai, CA

Who: P2+ Pilots (and Mountain Bikers)

Telegram Link: USA Hike and Fly


Entry Fee: $50 ($20 of your entry fee goes to the Ojai Raptor Center)

Venmo or cash are accepted (click the word "venmo" for the link to pay)

Entry/ Prize: Exclusive USA Hike and Fly Tech shirt. First Place gets a refund. Many gift certificates and 2 for 1 BEER at Topa Topa Brewing.

Course: Starting at Howard's Creek Trailhead, you will hike 3 miles to the ridge. You must then tag two turnpoints: Nordhoff Peak (2.3 mi from the ridge/HC intersection) and Chief's Peak (3-5mi from Ridge/HC intersection, depending on which launch you choose). After tagging both turnpoints, find a suitable launch before making the flight to Ojai. Choose your own landing site at your own risk prior to making your way to Topa Topa Brewery in downtown Ojai where the clock stops. We suggest downloading maps prior to starting the race as cell service is marginal. Links to youtube videos where we discuss the couse in more detail are in the telegram group. There will be a resupply on the ridgeline* with water and snacks.

Equipment Requirements: This is the minimum you need on you at all times, on the ground and in the air, highly suggested you have more.

  • Wing

  • Harness

  • GPS tracking device

  • Appropriate Reserve

  • Phone

  • Helmet

  • IGC recording device

Rules of Engagement:

  1. HIKING and FLYING a PARAGLIDER are the only acceptable modes of transportation in this race. (MTB exception OCT 31)

  2. We use feet and miles for distance

  3. You must submit a photo at your turn point to be valid.

  4. Obey National Airspace Requirements and VFR at all times

  5. Movement is allowed from 6am till 8pm everyday with a mandatory check in at 8pm

  6. Pre-planned team flying with non participants is not allowed

  7. Non assisted launch only

  8. Paraglider must be larger than 16m2 and cannot exceed 6kg/m2

  9. All flying equipment must be certified and fulfill the latest criteria for the following certification standards:

    1. Paraglider: EN 926-2 and 926-1

    2. Harness: EN 1651 / LTF09 with certified protection

    3. Rescue parachute: EN 12491

  10. Rules are subject to change

Support: A supporter is not necessary for this race. There will be limited space available to spectators to ride up to the ridge (subject to road closures*), please understand that the support vehicle will not drive down until all pilots are airborne.

ATTN: Mountain Bikers can now register to partake in this event. The course is the same as the paragliding course: Howard's Creek --> Chief's Peak --> Nordhoff Peak --> Topa Topa Brewery, via whichever trails you choose. 1st place mountain biker gets a 2-day paragliding lesson with Eagle Paragliding. 2nd place gets a 1-day paragliding lesson with Eagle Paragliding, and 3rd place gets a Tandem Flight with Eagle Paragliding at Elings Park.

Download the PDF for our event here

Pilot Entries

  1. Chris Garcia

  2. Chris Diebold

  3. Ajay Rajamani

  4. Michael D Vergalla

  5. Brett Campbell

  6. Francois Appere

  7. Riebeeck van Niekerk

  8. Grant Foad

  9. Nik Hawks

  10. Blake Rankin

  11. Kris souther

  12. chris lorimer, esquire

  13. Andrew Byron

  14. Angela Findley

  15. Austin Porter

  16. Eric Stratton

  17. Lindsay King

  18. Maverick Robbins

  19. Jeff Longcor

  20. Cole VandenBerg

  21. Sarah Lockwood

  22. Carter Crowe

  23. Matthew Matera

  24. Derek MoustacheRide

  25. Pamela Kinnaird

  26. Ben Horton

  27. Bill Graf

  28. Abhi Sarkar

  29. Christian Koepenick

  30. Kota Rieb

  31. Nathan Dryer

  32. Peter Berkey

MTB Entries

  1. Angus Beverly

  2. Patrick Gaylord

  3. Kate Longcor

  4. Evan Graham