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Old 01-06-2012, 04:29 PM   #81
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Well the cover sold me lol. I have been following this thread for a while now and was wondering what there is east of Edmonton for sloping? I know that there is a wicked hill by Vegreville that would be good, but its been so long since I have been there and it was before I got into rc. If anyone has any spots east please pm me if you don't want lots of people taking them over. I would love to try sloping. Cheers guys..
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:45 AM   #83
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Beerweiser I hope you find a killer hill If you can't find one, Make sure to grab a lightweight glider and come to the city this summer.

Keep in mind huge hills are not always necessary. I have seen a video of a man and his blaster dlg cruising along a 10 inch mound of sand along a beach front. And another person flying along lift created by a building on a farm. And another on a hill flying in between the trees. Really neat possibilities.

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A big hill near Vegreville you say. I wouldn't mind checking it out... any idea of the wind direction it would be good for? Is there a spot to launch and land from? Is there car access to the top? Let me know if you plan to try it over the next while.

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Ted, I would love to head out near Veg. I imagine it is north of town.
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Got out today with the e-powered Gentle Lady, had a great time and never even came close to a tree.


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Hey guys, the hill I mentioned is called Akasu hill and is just east of Vegreville. It is about 2 miles north of Lavoy on range road 133. At on time you could 4x4 up the hill as there was a cow path/service road up to the top. There are still radio towers up there so I would imagine they upgraded the road since I was last there, been probably 15 years or so. If you want some specs on the hill it is ranked #1324 in Alberta and #8589 in Canada for height. Forgot to mention a NW or north wind would probably best for sloping as that was the sides with the least trees.
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Just got back from a recon of Akasu hill.
Couple things...

There's a road (RR133) that goes right to the top of the hill. At the top there's a westerly-facing observation platform and there's a place to park a car. So far, so good.

The platform abuts a barb wire fence with a stern warning about it being private property... not so good. There's a nice flying and landing spot at the top of the ridge (but on the other side of the fence), that's good. The only flyable direction is with a west wind, elevation looks to be about 80 to 100 feet, there is enough un-treed slope to make sloping viable, the upwind terrain is open which means smooth air. All in all it would be ok for a small and light sloper right up to a 100 in. thermal plane.

I was really hoping it would be suitable for a north wind, but no dice.

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Bob, I just got back aswell. I did slope a Ninga. Landing was back between the posts, and wire#2 &#3! Just a few scratches, and landed at my feet. Don't ask me to do that again, lol. The next flight was with a Fling 2M, seemed fine, landed in the center of the gravel road. I did not cross the fence, and the dog loved the trip, and outing.

My southwest facing slope at home would most likely produced better results today, oh-well, good trip.

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Re: Alberta Slope Patrol guide

Geez Dale, sorry I missed you. You flew there with a south wind? That meant you sloped the road. Wow!

I will be in touch in the Spring about a Camrose slope trip.

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