So I live in AZ and there is a perfect 200 ft hill that has a huge open area for landing. This is great for practice . The problem is I only do 2 flights and Im sick pf tearing down and setting up. How do i "Kite" the wing back up the hill. All my training has been scooter tow so getting back up the training hill has not been a lesson.
You hike it up the hill while it is still set up. I went looking through my training footage, and I found a video of me walking my glider up the hill. I'll try editing it and posting it on YouTube sometime today.
The trick is to face backwards and to keep your feet on the tail side of the basetube (so that the basetube is behind you as you look at the stinger of your glider). Then carry it as you would normally, just with the glider facing backwards. That way the nose is to the wind as you walk up the face of the hill.
Looking at my logbook, I climbed the 300' hill at Ed Levin with my glider 40-50 times (at least) and the 600' hill a half-dozen times.
This is how I do it. Nose down into the wind, walk up the hill (facing the hill), basebar in front of feet. The sail will help you up the hill and you have less of a chance to "turtle". _________________ I have a fever…And the only prescription… is more Cowbell!!
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Hi, sorry for the long delay. I went to Tam today and had to wait for an hour or two for the fog to clear in order to get a sledder.
In any case, I've used the method shown below for hiking up my glider in winds up to 15 mph. If it's light, you can put the nose up a little and use the wind to help you carry the glider up the hill. If it's strong, put the nose down, and you still have good control of the glider. I've seen a lot of people try to carry the glider uphill with the basetube in front of their ankles, and it's very hard work. This is much easier, and I've never had trouble controlling the glider once I got the hang of it.
In some conditions, you can stand completely in front of the glider and hold the nose wires, adjusting the pitch by how far up the wires your hands are.
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