Sunday, August 07, 2011

Invermere to Canmore









I'm back home after flying the final leg of the whole trip. Yesterday was a really intense flight--windy, powerful air, cool terrain, and a flight I've dreamed of doing for at least ten years. Boom, the end of an adventure. Today it's way too windy up high to fly; I had incredibly good luck that yesterday was just on the edge of flyable, just. The screen grab of the Spot tracking page shows the basic line, but it doesn't show the waiting in the air, analyzing, or the wind...

I'll post some thoughts, more pictures and a little video (I didn't shoot much, but some) here as I get time and settle back down, it's been the best week of flying I've ever had. So many good experiences! I know I've just had some tremendously good luck with the weather, life and flying. The buzz from this whole trip is going to take a long time to wear off. You don't get many experiences like this week in life, hell yeah!

The trip would not have been possible without a few key people, including Dough Nitchie in Vernon (thanks for the socks, weather and stoke), Becky Bristow in Revelstoke (it's good to have friends who will come and get you when you call up on the satellite phone and say, "Help!"), Al Polster and Lisa in Revelstoke (they got me back in the game when I was beaten down, and up the hill), and Frank Kernick and Tracye in Invermere, who again kept the psyche up through a combination of water skiing, a soft bed, and a great attitude. And of course my mom, who I had to call from a cut block to figure out how to get out on her computer's Google Earth...

8 comments:

Tim said...

'Sounds like a great trip Will! Please fill in the gaps when you feel recharged.

Tim

Anonymous said...

Thanks Will for the reports. It has been great following your adventure yet again. Still think you should come to OZ and do something on those lines. You know you will be looked after and the OZ managers are here. Love to all and keep safe Regards Dave@ Lee. Manilla

the bou said...
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the bou said...

yep, moms 'round the world rock! thanks for letting us live vicariously thru your adventure(s). props to Beckstar & the Polsters for helping pry open the jam somebody made for you. wahoo!!

dh

(whack blogger won't let me edit my comments. sorry 'bout the double post...)

Berkbinder and Brown said...

great to see you are still at it. it has been a while since i have checked in

Benjamin Jordan said...

Nothing short of AMAZING!!!

Igor said...

Awesome! Very inspiring!

Anonymous said...

I hope to see some of the details and pictures of the landing options as from reading it sounds quite an hostile terrain.

Truly inspiring,


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