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Old 04-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #101
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I was recently twice in Edmonton

thought the dump at Lafarge in West Edmonton is the best slope around.

But possible not accessable yet?

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Old 04-28-2013, 04:46 PM   #102
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Yes, that site in the west end might be a good place to slope at some time in the future, but as far as I know it is still an active dump site and not available to us yet. Give us a shout the next time you are in town.
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Hope that when the time comes a group can approach them and come to a deal on using it as a soaring hill. It is quite an impressive size and getting bigger all the time. hopefully they will not try to cover it with trees:P

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Amen to the future use of that as a slope site. It's only a five minute drive there from my house. One problem I would anticipate is that you would be flying over a pretty busy road. Some might think of it as a traffic hazard.
Just got back from the Strathcona Science Park. I had a great flying session in fairly gusty winds. Every thing survived so now have to charge the batteries and wait for more westerly winds.
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Amen to the future use of that as a slope site. It's only a five minute drive there from my house. One problem I would anticipate is that you would be flying over a pretty busy road. Some might think of it as a traffic hazard.
Just got back from the Strathcona Science Park. I had a great flying session in fairly gusty winds. Every thing survived so now have to charge the batteries and wait for more westerly winds.
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Peter and I thought slope flying is mostly at the slope edge and not some thermal circling hundreds meter away.
The road I had in mind towards west is at least 3-400m way from the top.

Anyway appears to be really enthusiastic people in Edmonton

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Peter and I thought slope flying is mostly at the slope edge and not some thermal circling hundreds meter away. Thomas
In my experiance it can be both. Fly the slope till a thermal comes through, play with it till it,s out of reach, then back to the slope.

Remember that any thermal originating 3 or 400 meters away will be coming toward you and you will end up above & behind the slope anyway. It,s not like you will be hanging around over traffic for extended periods of time.

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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Just for the record the foot of the slope is substantially less than 100 metres from the road and if the characteristics of the slope are typical of many others the prime lift area would be probably directly over the road. I don't want to quash anyone's thoughts about using this site in the future as I look at it longingly everytime I drive by, but we have to be realistic and responsible while enjoying our sport of choice.
While on the subject of impractical slope sites; has anyone thought about using the berms alongside and near the roadway near the intersection of the Anthony Hendy and Ray Gibbon drive?
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You are right Peter. The West facing slope would put the flight path directly over busy 170 Street. Actually, I think the North face would work better as the ridge is longer along the east/west direction. The upwind "fetch" looks pretty good too. Don't know what the South exposure would be like.
Come to think of it, that ridge in theory offers some potential for DS. Just think boys... DSing in Edmonton! Lets hope that landfill site get filled up soon.
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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

The road at mt trashmore is a safe distance where it is. Top o the hill is pretty high up and far back enough that some reasonably sized urban friendly slope planes (weasel etc)could be safely flown. I fly over the north sask river and have never had to get near the edge of the water to do a retreival.

Peter there are 2 spots along the path 2 st albert that have caught my attention. But the river valley is a more attractive option for me.

Bob I would love 2 find a spot to experiment with ds. You got you're dlg's all put together? I am still looking to buy one.

Thomas, Do you always fly the larger molded birds or do you also have a small low lift favorite that you carry with you on slope days?
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