What: Hike and fly month-long challenge
When: March 5 - May 5th
Where: Santa Barbara
Who: Fit and Advanced Hike and Fly pilots
Telegram Link: USA Hike and Fly
Entry Fee: Free
Completion Earns: USA Hike and Fly Hat (available for purchase upon completion at cost)
OTB Course: Starting at Rattlesnake Trailhead you will first make your way to Skyport. The rest of the course will take you over the back! Next stop Little Pine, then traverse WNW to the Cliff above Happy Canyon before turning around and making the quick glide to Happy Canyon. All of the turnpoints are launches, and must be tagged on the ground. We suggest an IGC, but selfies and video will do the trick. Expect top landings and tight takeoffs throughout the 25 mile course. You need to to be self sufficient enough to take care of yourself, and have the skills to fly, or choose not to fly, in varied conditions. You must complete the course in a single push, spending the night out is allowed, but you cannot leave the course line. Bring your A game, this won't be easy. You can attempt this course as many times as you want, but in order to earn your hat, you must successfully complete the course in order, and document it with photos taken at the start, each turn point, and the finish from the ground. Photos should be sent via telegram to USAhikeandfly. Invite link is here.
Another great month long challenge! In the history of USA Hike and Fly we have put three month long courses out to our community as a way to include everyone in a self planned hike and fly adventure. These are routes I make to help keep me motivated and training. At this point 8/1/22 only Gavin McClurg and myself (Logan) have completed any of them. I will continue to post them as I plan them for myself first and sincerely hope to see others finish the challenges.
Equipment Requirements: This is the minimum you need on you at all times, highly suggested you have more.
Appropriately sized Reserve
IGC recording device
External Battery 10,000 mAh or more
Rules of Engagement:
HIKING and FLYING a PARAGLIDER are the only acceptable modes of transportation in this race.
We use feet and miles for distance
You must submit a photo at your turn point to be valid
Obey National Airspace Requirements and VFR at all times
Non assisted launch only
Paraglider must be larger than 16m2 and cannot exceed 6kg/m2
All flying equipment must be certified and fulfill the latest criteria for the following certification standards:
Paraglider: EN 926-2 and 926-1
Harness: EN 1651 / LTF09 with certified protection
Rescue parachute: EN 12491
Rules are subject to change
Support: We are not providing support! If you would like to arrange for support, you are welcome to do so!