Ringerud once again

It has been spectacular weather in southern Norway the last week, but also high air pressure and challenging conditions for flying. Basically you need a high altitude launch to find “safe” conditions. I have, however, work a lot the last week and the closest high altitude launch is at least 4 hours of driving away, so I decided to try my luck at local sites this weekend. After a few phone calls Alf, Gunnar, and I decided to give Ringerud a try.

The day started pretty interesting as we meet a jammed toll bar (no: vei bom) blocking us from getting up to the launch and the residents in the cabins up in the mountain to get out. But as hang glider pilots always bring with us lots of tools we just unbolted the bar and had free access (we talked to the owner of the bar later on and he had no problems with what we did). Up at the launch conditions seemed slow with weak thermals, and I was expecting a short sled ride down.

Mobile phone picture form the launch at Ringerud. Stabile contitions.

I launched first at about 1230 and to my surprise I flew straight into a strong 3-4 m/s thermal that rocketed me from the launch at 700 masl to 980 masl in no time. But after that 2-3 m/s sink was all that I could find, and after 17 minutes I was back on mother earth. Alf launch after I landed, found a thermal that got higher than mine and had 34 minutes in the air and landed at a micro light air field a few km to the south. Gunnar was last out and was not lucky with this timing and only had a prolonged sled ride down on his first flight in new Wills Wing Falcon 3 195.

Gunnar landing at Ringerud from Bjørn Trygve Hammer on Vimeo.

Gunnar landing his brand new Falcon 3.

As we picked up Alf at the micro light air field we found him standing next to a trike and talking to Ole Jakob Reicheld a previous hang glider pilot. He had flown from Lillehammer down to Hønsefoss (I think) and landed near Ringerud to have something to eat and drink and to refuel before flying back to Lillehammer. We had a nice chat before we drow back to Bærum.

Ole Jakob Reichelt’s Apollo trike at the micro lite landing site at Ringerud.

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