One of the things that’s been on my mind lately is getting back into hang-gliding in earnest. For the last few years it’s basically been a single outing during our annual family camping trip to Hat Creek Rim. That’s real easy flying, compared with the highly physical activity. It was getting increasingly difficult to do and enjoy, but I have twice the strength now.

Here’s a few items that serve to wet the appetite.

One guy with one Indy film under his belt is trying to do a full length film.  The in-air footage is fantastic. Here’s the direct link to watch in Quicktime. He’s looking for help in promoting, so if you like it, he’d like a comment on the YouTube version which is a bit longer with less than stellar actors and dialog.

Here’s a real artsy short someone put together. Nice.

Speaking of Hat Creek, here’s how it looks basically from our view. Notice how low the sun is in the sky. We typicaly launch after 6:30 p.m., when the air is glass and going up everywhere. Second thing: notice on the landing, the severe wind gradient from about 25 ft to ground effect. Nasty. It’s almost always like that. A real down-tube eater.

Here are a couple of my own HG videos: Hat Creek Rim (WillsWing Eagle) and Ed Levin Park (ATOS rigid wing).

And yea, Billy, I do intend also to get out to the airport and finish up there as well. Onward.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Richard Nikoley on April 29, 2008 at 20:34

    Oh. OK.

  2. Len on April 29, 2008 at 17:38

    Picky, I know, but you don't "wet" an appetite; you "whet" it. 😉

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