It's always a good idea to repack your reserve parachute(s) once a year. Some manufacturers recommend even a 6 month repack but not sure how often that happens! As it's rarely flyable at the start of February we got the Walkerburn village hall booked and started to put some plans in place for a wingbeat repack.
After an early warning from Dudley, Fred put an email on the group saying that Bishops looked possible on Saturday. Unfortunately my daughter was in the lego robot heats, so I could not make it. Only kidding. I made it clear to the buggers that if it was a flying day, I was going flying. Best to get that one out of the way early and don't let them get any funny ideas.
And so it begins. Meeting up at the AA box beside St Marys loch at the Megget junction for 9.45am.
The night before had me weighing kit. I wanted no extra weight as its a fair walk up onto the tops.
Mountbenger delivered the goods again! It was a disappointing start, with just a breath of wind and nowhere near the soarable speeds forecast. So the wingbeat crew (Sean, Tommy, Rob, Dudley, Derek, Fred, DaveH and the loverly Linda) did what they do best - parawaiting along with a bit of para-showing based on the fact that most folk had brought along recent purchases (gloves, jackets, instruments, lightweight harnesses, crispy wings....).
Sunday. Flyable. Maybe?
Sunday. Flyable. But gusty?
Sunday. Too strong.
Qobby, Dorita, Annette and I escaped to Montenegro for a flying week at the end of the summer season.
Montenegro is relatively small country (pop 600k) trying to join the EU and competing with nearby Croatia for the tourist dollar and coming second. The coast to the north is reasonably well developed but the rest of the country still asleep.