Volume 13 , Number 5 Potato Hill Spring Fly-In June 21-22 - by Ann Sasaki
May 2003 Potato Hill is a small site lo- turbulent in the air, with a There is a very nice 35-
cated in the Mendocino Na- strong inversion. In addition, acre lake about 10 miles
tional Forest. Bay Area the LZ can get quite hot as it up the road called Letts
paraglider pilots have flown bakes in the sun. It can be Lake. It is at 5000’ alti-
Potato Hill for about ten difficult to come in to the LZ tude so it is always
years. The site is about a 3- because there is a lot of lift cooler up there than at
hour drive from San Fran- and turbulence. the LZ. On summer af-
cisco. Launch is at 3400’ ternoons, it’s a great
MSL and the LZ is at 1700’ The Spring fly-in will be place to go swimming
MSL. Launch faces NE so held on June 21-22. Several and hang out. There are
the site is usually flyable in experienced pilots will try to also hiking trails that
the morning as the sun be there to give a site intro to lead to a stream and to
warms the slope. If there is anyone who has not flown the Snow Mountain Wil-
no strong prevailing westerly the site and to help evaluate derness. In the spring
wind, there is often a window the flying conditions. when the water is high
in the evening for a mellow in the stream, it’s hard to
flight. Conditions are strong- The main campsite used by cross over to get to the
est in the mid-afternoon, paraglider pilots at Potato wilderness area. But for
sometimes too strong for Hill is called Dixie Glade. most of the year, how
paragliders. This campsite is located far you hike is dictated
about halfway up the hill. by how much water you
Potato Hill is a very consis- There are toilets but no are carrying and how far
tent site that offers many fly- showers and no drinkable you want to go.
able days. Conditions are water. Please be sure to
probably best in the Spring bring your own water supply. If you have any ques-
when the lapse rate is high. tions about the fly-in,
In late August through the In addition to the great fly- please contact me at
Fall, conditions can also be ing, one of the best aspects annsasaki@earthlink.
really good. However, the of Potato Hill is the variety net.
month of July is often a bit of other activities in the area.
BAPA T Shirts - by Ann Sasaki
The 2003 BAPA T shirts The long-sleeved shirts came have your shirt mailed to
were a big success. Thanks out really well in the stone- you - contact annsa-
to Andy Stocker and Eric washed blue. They are avail- s a k i @ e a r t h l i n k. n e t .
Callande for their input on able to anyone who ordered However, if you live
the design. We have about one at the next BAPA meet- close by, please plan to
half a dozen short-sleeved T ing in Milpitas and the July attend a meeting or ask a
shirts in size Medium left meeting in SSF. For those friend to pick one up for
and maybe one or two size L members who live really far you.
and XL. away, you may petition to
Inside this issue: Worth remembering :
The Deadly Square Knot Page 2 • Next Club Meeting is June 4 @ 7:00 PM
Lift and Laughter “ 3 at the Summit Pointe Golf Course in
BAPA Events Calendar “ 4 - Social Hour starts at 6:30
BAPA Meeting Minutes “ 5 - Slide show on Paragliding in
For Sale “ 8 New Zealand
• Dumps Radio Contact – 151.955 MHz
• July 19 – BAPA Club Barbecue
The Deadly Square Knot - by Patrick Townsend-Wells
That was Then. The Double Fisherman’s Knot is
This is Now. THE Answer
Eons ago, the Scouts taught us a near Rescue organizations are clear about
reverence for the square knot. Chant this: the double fisherman's knot is the
the mantra: “left over right, right over ONLY acceptable method for joining
left.” It use to be simple. It use to be two ropes together when someone’s life
secure. It use to be A-Okay in the days is literally on the line. Fortunately, the
of manila rope. double fisherman's knot is straightfor-
ward. At each end, a double overhand
NOW, in the age of plastic rope knot is tied around the other line.
(Nearly ALL rope is plastic now.),
THE SQUARE KNOT IS DEADLY. Practice tying the double fisherman’s
A square knot is not secure. A square knot before someone’s life is on that
knot on plastic rope slips. One rescue line. Carry a picture of the double fish-
expert maintains, “More people have erman’s knot in your first aid kit. Use a
died on a square knot than any other.” double fisherman’s knot to save a life.
When someone’s life is on the line, do
NOT use a square knot. Do NOT use the deadly square knot
The Double Fisherman’s Knot — Use this knot to save a life — Do NOT use a square knot.
Bay Area Wind and Weather Accident Reporting Procedures
Wind Talkers Paragliding is a dynamic and evolving activity with inherent risks.
Ed Levin 408.946.9516 Safety awareness and knowledge are vital to reducing these risks. If
Fort Funston 415.333.0100 you sustain a paragliding injury you may help others learn from your
Mt. Diablo 925.838.9225 first-hand experience by submitting an accident report to the U.S. Hang
Mt. Tamalpais 415.381.9463 Gliding Association. If your accident occurs in the S.F. Bay Area,
Stinson Beach 415.868.1922 please also send a copy to :
Marina / Sand City 831.384.3184
BAPA Safety Director
P.O. Box 1809
Funston Webcam – www.mindspring.com/~mlbco/webcam.htm
Pacifica, CA 94044-9998
Bay Area Wind – sfbay7.wr.usgs.gov/~jonathan/wind.html
Mission Webcam – www.bigfoot.com/~missionlive
Contact the BAPA Safety Director to Obtain an Accident Report form.
BAPA – www.sfbapa.org
Forms are also available online at : www.ushga.org/emailacc.asp
Lift and Laughter, May 2003 - by Ann Sasaki
“Beep.….beep.…beep....beep…beep.. the air, pilots penetrated well enough A week later there is a fun competition
be ep. be epbeepbeep….”my vario and many reported having one of their called the Rat Race, also held at
chirped slowly at first and then more longest flights at Ed Levin that day. Woodrat. A number of Bay Area pilots
cheerfully as I saw launch falling away The picnic worked out really well. will be attending this event. The web-
out of the corner of my eye. Mainly I There was lots of food and prizes and site describes the event thus – “Mike's
was focused on Liz’s bright red and everyone seemed to enjoy the camara- vision is to have a fun competition that
blue Oasis as we climbed out in a very derie and the beautiful day. We have is shorter and easier for the average pi-
small thermal at Diablo on a great day. subsequently decided to make the Jody lot who doesn't want to take undue risks.
There wasn’t a lot out there right off of Lucas fly-in and picnic an annual event. For first time competitors this will be a
launch so we had to make the most of We felt that Jody was with us in spirit training kind of event, to educate them
any scrap of lift. However, with big bringing us good flying and compan- on what they need to know in order to
clouds above the mountain, once you ionship. compete on paragliders. The Rat Race
reached 5000’ plus, you had to watch will include things not typically found in
out for cloud suck and take evasive Early in May, several Bay Area pilots larger competitions, such as a seminar
measures if necessary. The flying was took a trip to Tehachapi. For the most on GPS use beforehand and a pilot de-
fun! There were 22 pilots on launch – unbelievably beautiful photographs, briefing session in the evening by expe-
an unheard of number at Juniper on please go to Andy Stocker’s website at rienced XC pilots.”
normal days. Seven went XC, most for www.astocker.com and select the
quite a long way. What a relief to have “Judson at Bearback” photo. This will Please see the BAPA calendar at www.
a good day after all the unsettled bring you to three pages of photos with sfbapa.org for where to get details on
weather and cancelled trips and events psychedelic wildflowers on launch. both events.
of this Spring. The flying was really good too.
The Mountain Flying clinic at Potato
On a busy weekend in May, there was Hill has been rescheduled to June 7-8.
the Spring fly-in at Elk Mountain and The clinic is full and the organizers
the third NorCal XC League event at would appreciate it if pilots who are not
Potato Hill. Al Baldini, Bob Clem and part of the clinic, try to fly elsewhere
Kitty Goursolle reported a good time at that weekend. We would like to let the
Elk. They said the morning flights 10 clinic attendees take their time on
were soarable with pilots getting sev- launch and have plenty of room in the
eral thousand above launch, enjoying air to practice their skills. As everyone
the view of Lake Pillsbury over the knows, the Potato Hill launch is quite
back and Clearlake out front. The af- small.
ternoons were too windy for flying but I
imagine that left more time to gather Two weeks later on June 21-22 we have
wood and hang out. a fly-in scheduled at Potato Hill. Please
see the article in this issue of the Ridge
The XC League event was a big success Dancer for details.
with long, soarable flights and a little
cloud suck thrown in. A number of pi- On July 19, we are planning to have a
lots made the course goal north of Barbecue at the Beach. The barbecue
A good day in May — by Andy Stonyford and then three went further. will probably be held at Linda Mar
Stocker Other contestants and non-contestants Beach (a.k.a. Surfer Beach) in Pacifica.
reported fun flying within the valley on Linda Mar is a pretty half-moon shaped
both days of the weekend. beach with easy access and a big park-
The very next day, April 27, we had ing lot. It is 10 minutes south of the
great flying and fun at Ed Levin. The Looking ahead to upcoming events, the Dump on Route 1. If all goes well,
Jody Lucas fly-in and picnic was held Starthistle fly-in at Woodrat is on Me- we’ll have a good day of summer flying
at the new gazebo right by the pond, morial Day. Woodrat is a beautiful (straight in from the West at 10 in silky
close to the LZ. Approximately 50 site in Southern Oregon where this an- smooth air ☺), and then proceed to the
people attended the event and we were nual hanggliding and paragliding event beach for a barbecue and bonfire. More
pleasantly surprised to find the flying has been held for 27 years. details to come.
conditions good and soarable. It was
somewhat windy at launch but once in (Continued on page 6)
Updated May 20th — Continued on Page 6
24 - 26 Starthistle Fly-In. Woodrat Mountain. Annual fly-in on Memorial Day weekend at beautiful
Woodrat Mountain in southern Oregon. For details see www.rvhga.org, select Starthistle 2003.
Registration is $25 and includes dinner on Saturday.
31 - 1 The Rat Race Competition. Woodrat Mountain. Low-key, fun competition with gear prizes such
as flightsuits for the winners. GPS use seminar before the comp, pilot debriefing sessions each
day. Pilots must be minimum P3 USHGA members. Pre-registration $50, after May 1, registration
is $65. For details see www.cascadeparaglidingclub.org/ratrace.html
4 BAPA Meeting in Milpitas at 7:00 pm. Summit Pointe Golf Club. Social half hour starts at 6:30
p.m. Please note that we are back to the Daylight Savings Time meeting time - the meeting
starts at 7:00 p.m. Long-sleeved T shirts will be available to those who ordered them. Entertain-
ment will be a slide show on paragliding in New Zealand presented by Jug Aggarwal.
7 NorCal Social XC League. TBD. June 7 is the next NorCal Social SC League event. Please fol-
low the discussion on the sfbapg mailing list or check www.yourstruly.ch/paragliding/content/
xcleague2003.html or contact Joerg Ewald at email@example.com for details .
7-8 Mountain Flying Clinic. Potato Hill . Clinic will be led by Steve Thorpe. Attendance is limited to 8
people. Attendees must have a minimum of 20 hours of airtime, 50 flights, 30 days and good
ground handling skills. Steve will discuss thermalling techniques, give a site intro and answer
questions about flying in the mountains. This clinic is geared toward intermediate pilots who want
to develop their thermalling skills. THIS CLINIC IS FULL.
20 - 22 Summer Solstice fly-in. Hat Creek. Join Penguin and friends for a Summer Solstice fly-in at
lovely Hat Creek Rim, one hour east of Redding. Hat Creek is famous for its glass-off in the eve-
ning. The area is very scenic. Mid-day flying is limited due to turbulent conditions when the lava
rock heats up. Early sled rides with some small thermals are possible. The afternoon is very
windy and only suitable for hanggliders. For more details on this event, please contact Penguin
21 - 22 Potato Hill Fly-in. Potato Hill. Come to the spring fly-in at reliable Potato Hill. This little site has
provided Bay Area pilots with hours upon hours of thermal flying. There is camping at Dixie
Glade campground (bring your own water), swimming at Letts Lake, hiking in the Snow Mountain
wilderness and usually a morning and early evening flight, conditions permitting. Details will be
included in the May Ridge Dancer.
2 BAPA Meeting in SSF at 3:00 pm. Round Table Pizza, 2227 Gellert Blvd., South San Fran-
cisco. Social half hour starts at 6:30 p.m. Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. long-sleeved T shirts will
be available to those who ordered them. Entertainment will be Andy Stocker's video on flying in
Tapalpa, Mexico and a short piece on paragliding filmed at the Dump which appeared on Chan-
nel 27 Public Access TV in SF.
12 NorCal Social XC League. TBD. July 12 is the fifth NorCal Social XC League event. Please fol-
low the discussion on the sfbapg mailing list or check www.yourstruly.ch/paragliding/content/
xcleague2003.html or contact Joerg Ewald at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
BAPA Meeting Minutes of May 7 – submitted by Pete Norlander
Ann Sasaki called meeting to order. to avoid making the same mistakes.
Two new visitors introduced them- The Mountain Flying Clinic has been
selves: rescheduled to the weekend of June 7- Wally reported on a pilot the previous
8. The Anderson Flat fly-in hosted by weekend that landed in thick brush at
Juan Restropo – Juan is an experienced Gene Pfeiffer is scheduled for the the back of the bowl at the Dumps. It
pilot from Columbia. weekend of May 17-18. took the pilot 2 hours and numerous
Gary Palmer – Gary is a beginning pilot cuts and scratches to climb out of the
taking instruction and learning the ba- After discussion at the meeting, the Po- brush. Landing in the brush should be
sics of ground handling. tato Hill fly-in was rescheduled to June avoided. It is extremely dense and dif-
21-22. ficult to transit. The pilot reported the
There were about 24 members attend- brush at depths of 10-12 feet in places.
ing the meeting. Jug will show slides of paragliding in
New Zealand at next meeting in Congratulations to President Chris
Officer Reports: Milpitas. Jones. Chris is getting married in May!
Treasurer Stefan Schulz reported 3 Safety Director Wally Anderson dis- Gene Pfeiffer reported on progress at
new members in April. The bank ac- cussed what constitutes a reportable Coyote Lake flying site. Test flying has
count has $4,000.00 in it. accident. The USHGA definition is that been extended to June 7. Trails need to
when third party medical attention is be constructed to allow access to
Activities Director Ann Sasaki re- required, the accident should be re- launch site (assuming eventual approval
ported that the Jody Lucas fly-in and ported to USHGA. It is not mandatory by the County.) It was offered that the
picnic at Ed Levin Park was a big suc- that the injured person file the report. club may want to contribute assistance
cess. Ann suggested making the picnic The accident can be reported “as wit- with trail building as a way to build
an annual event. nessed” by another. trust between the rangers and the flying
Ann passed around the catalog that Various members pointed out that it is
shows the hat styles available if we also valuable to report serious incidents After the meeting was adjourned, Peter
want to do a BAPA hat this year. even if no medical attention was re- Warren and Eric Reed did a presenta-
Popular opinion is leaning toward a quired as a result of an incident. Re- tion on internet tools available to read
bucket hat. porting incidents can help other pilots and predict weather.
Bay Area Paragliding Contacts
On the web at -
BAPA Club Officers www.sfbapa.org
President Chris Jones 415.566.4943 email@example.com
V. President Rolf Bienert 925.833.7708 firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Vicki Bolam 831.457.8143 email@example.com Ridge Dancer
is published monthly to benefit the members of the Bay Area
Treasurer Stefan Schultz 650.357.8155 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paragliding Association (BAPA). BAPA is an organization of
Site Director Eric Newman 415.381.1952 email@example.com paragliding enthusiasts. The charter of the club is to promote
and encourage the sport of paragliding. BAPA is a registered
Safety Dir Wally Anderson 650.355.1376 firstname.lastname@example.org
chapter of the United States Hang Gliding Association (PC006).
Activities Dir Ann Sasaki 650.355.8888 email@example.com
Neither BAPA nor its officers makes any warranties or repre-
Member Coor. Pete Norlander 925.487.8744 firstname.lastname@example.org
sentations and they assume no liability concerning the validity
Past Pres Chris Northcutt 415.584.5610 email@example.com of any advice, opinion or recommendations expressed in this
material. Readers, please report errors of fact to the Editor.
S.F. Bay Area Site Administrators
The Dump Phil Neri 650.737.7926 Material for publication should be sent to the Editor and may
be edited for format or space considerations. Deadline for
Stables Dave Sondergeld 650.756.4530 firstname.lastname@example.org submissions is the 15th of each month. Submissions can be
made via email to email@example.com. Classified advertise-
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ments are free for BAPA members. This newsletter is available
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Ed Levin Mission Soaring Ctr 408.262.1055
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Lift and Laughter, May 2003 - by Ann Sasaki
(Continued from page 3)
If you have any events that you would
like to see on the BAPA calendar,
p l e a s e c on t ac t me a t a n n s a -
firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have a
brief flying update that you’d like to see
in my monthly column, please let me
know. Fly often and fly safely.
The Jody Lucas fly-in and picnic. — Ute Bienert
Updated May 20th
19 Barbecue at the Beach. Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica. Fly the coast in sweet summer conditions
and then come to Linda Mar Beach (10 minutes south of the Dump off Route 1) for a beach bar-
becue. More details on this event upcoming but please save the date on your social calendar.
31 Trip to Golden, B.C.. Golden, British Columbia. Al Baldini, Bob Clem and friends will travel to
beautiful Golden, B.C. for flying in the Canadian Rockies. Their trip will be from July 31 to ap-
proximately August 11 or 14, depending on who you talk to. Golden has spectacular scenery and
sometimes quite advanced flying. There is good XC potential for experienced pilots but also lots
of trees and strong conditions. Contact Al Baldini at email@example.com for more details. Also
see articles in the August 2002 RD and the September 2001 RD at www.sfbapa.org (select
Newsletter) on previous Golden trips.
USHGA Region 2 Contacts On the web at -
The Dump Phil Neri 650.737.7926
The Dump Scott Gasparian 650.218.3984 firstname.lastname@example.org
Stables Dave Sondergeld 650.756.4530 email@example.com Examiners
Ann Sasaki 650.355.8888 firstname.lastname@example.org Ed Stein 650.367.9707
Mattole Gerald Meyers 707.923.3353 email@example.com
Kathy Wilde 650.556.1320 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Levin Mondie Beier 408.957.6003 email@example.com
Scott Gasparian 650.218.3984 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Levin Kim Galvin 510.748.0451 email@example.com
Ann Sasaki 650.355.8888 Annsasaki@earthlink.net
Ed Levin Mike Galvin 510.748.0451 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Levin Kathy & John Wilde 650.556.1320 email@example.com
Ed Levin Gene Pfeifer 408.356.7782 firstname.lastname@example.org USHGA Accident Reporting
Ed Levin Martin Lades 925.216.9756
Ed Levin George Morford 510.661.0889 email@example.com http://www.ushga.org/emailacc.asp
Alec Chattaway 408.230.7388 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Steve Thorpe 408.260.7029 email@example.com
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For Sale - by Flyers Like You
NOTE: All used equipment should have a complete annual to insure airworthiness and the purchaser should have the
appropriate rating and skills before using the equipment.
Kristy Hardy is selling the follow- Kenneth Alfheim is selling the fol-
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Good entry through intermediate
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