Gibraltar Sprint

What: Sprint Hike and Fly Race

When: December 18th

Where: Santa Barbara, CA

Who: P3 + Pilots, you must have good launch and landing skills

Telegram Link: USA Hike and Fly


Entry Fee: $50 (T-shirts, resupplies)

Venmo or cash are accepted (click the word "venmo" for the link to pay) say "Hike and Fly" in venmo.

Update: 12/16 With the holiday season the shirts were delyed so same day registration is allowed!


Course: All day hike and fly of similar flying to hiking time. This will aim to be very similar to our previous Sprint races with hopefully more flying involved. These events aim to engage all level of pilots with good launching and landing skills. We hope to end this course at Parma or Carpinteria depending on the weather.

Plan to start in the Santa Barbara front country. Location is subject to change based on weather, and will be finalized on December 9th. Expect an all day course with big elevation hikes (6,000 to 12,000 ft elevation gain) and cross country flying! Logan will put on a packing and planning clinic the day before the race!

UPDATE: 11/22/22 - New format: The course will be laid out ASAP so people can prepare, we will make two corses to account for different weather conditions. There will be up to 12 waypoints that competitors must reach, in order, and each waypoint has points associated with it (LZs at the bottom of the mountains will be worth more points, goal will be worth the most amount of points). All the Waypoints must be tagged on the ground with a photo or track-log for evidence (good time to figure out how to track your day).

You may opt to skip waypoints based on conditions or timing and will not earn the points from that waypoint, we want to emphasize making goal by the cut off time (17:00). Placement is based off points and in the event of same points, finish times will be the deciding factor.

UPDATE: 12/17


6:30 Arrive at Rattlesnake Trailhead

Check-in: paper and video waivers

Make sure everyone has paid ($50)

Same day registration = allowed

6:45 Athletes Arrive

7:00 Athlete Meeting

7:15 Start Race

11:00 EJ Aid Station End

1:00 VOR Aid Station End

4:00 Race End at Rattlesnake Trailhead

5:00 Dinner/Partay at The Nook / Topa Topa

Aid Stations have: Water and Snacks

Athletes can leave drop bags with volunteers to be at aid stations

There will be point cards to be collected at each turnpoint. Upon finishing, turn in your cards to recieve your score.


0. Rattlesnake - 0

  1. EJ - 5

  2. Robbins - 10

  3. VOR - 5 (+2 for first one there)

  4. OHV - 10

  5. EJ - 5

  6. Parma - 5

  7. Rattlesnake - 15

Max points = 57

Total (without lead) = 55

ex: Skip Robbins, first to VOR = 47

Skip OHV 45

Skip Final EJ = 50

Miss cutoff time aka final Rattlesnake = 40

Turnpoints must be tagged in this order. The emphasis on making goal. You may skip points, it will be reflected in your score.

Start 07:15

Deadline 16:00

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

  • Appropriately sized 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.

  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. Non assisted launch only

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

  7. 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

  8. Rules are subject to change

Support: A supporter is not necessary for this race, your entry fee goes directly into providing snacks, drinks and shuttle from goal (or short of goal). If you choose to use other support please be willing to offer that support to the oter competitors. We want everyone to hae the opportunity to do their best.