Pictures taken by Marcel Dettling and Corinne
Dahinden in August, 2005.
Point of the Mountain
This is the south side of
the Point of the Mountain Flight Park. It is a very consistent
paragliding site. It can be flown from sunrise until it gets too
bumpy, usually about 4 hours later. The ridge is soarable from the
left end of the picture to the foot of the taller mountain on the
right, a length of about 1km.
This is how it looks on
top. You can park your car right there, launch and easily topland -
very convenient. It gets soarable if the wind is over 20km/h (measured
at the edge). Due to the compression, wind speeds up to 35km/h (again
measured at the edge) are fine to fly, but it gets more and more
difficult to launch.
As this unknown pilot shows,
it's an ideal playground. Scratching the ridge, wing-overs close to
the ground, that all works very well - be sure you know your limits,
though. And it's very rare that you are flying alone at the Point of
the Mountain. Often, there are up to 20 gliders in the air.
This is an aerial view of
the Point of the Mountain Flight Park. We are facing the north side,
which is often flown from about 3 hours before sunset until it gets
dark. The launch is on the lower terrace, to the right of the
houses. If the conditions are favorable, you can bench up to the ridge
behind, which is about 3kms long and 300m (1000ft) high. The south
side is on the right side of the picture, on the opposite side of the
Well, it's so windy at the
Point of the Mountain that it's impossible to fold your glider there,
plus the poor Tiger risks to get blown away. So you'd better go to
McDonalds, get some breakfast for him and you, and then fold your
glider in the nice lawn of the motel...
This is the view from the
landing zone (behind the school in Orem, UT) to the site commonly
known as Inspo. There are 3 hills in this picture: the little one in
front, one in the middle and the big mountain behind. Launch is on the
middle hill, right in the center of the picture. This is a very
consistent big air site - the US Nationals where held there in
This is Mount Timpanagos
(3580m/11750ft), a famous day hike, known to offer great views of the
Salt Lake basin. But why hike? I flew my paraglider to cloudbase at
4000m (13120ft) and even topped it out - lucky me. The conditions were
quite strong, so that's why there are no in-flight pictures.
Beaver Mountain, Jackson Hole
This is the view from the
Beaver Mountain landing zone (1900m/6230ft ASL) to launch, which is
the dusty piece in the slot that is found in the center of the
picture. It is about a 30 minute hike to get there, launch is at
2100m/6890ft ASL. Once in the air, you can soar the slope to the
And make all the way up to
the summit of Beaver Mountain (3048m/10000ft ASL). This is Corinne
(once again) below me, the launch is all the way down the ridge in the
furthest clearing you can recognize.
Well, she got closer. We had
fantastic conditions with smooth lift that brought us up to 3350m
(11000ft) ASL. This is not uncommon after sunny days, when the
prevailing winds are light and westerly.
The views are awesome on such
a clear day in the warm evening light. Here, Corinne is right over the
Grand Teton (4200m/13770ft), the majestic summit of the Teton range,
and the jewel of the national park that was named after it.
We could follow the ridge for
about 6kms towards the south. In the far distance, you can recognize
the Wind River Range. Summit after summit, what a day, what a flight!
The lift wouldn't stop after
sunset, which we had still seen from 3200m (10500ft) ASL. A few
minutes later we had to take our goggles off, and after some more
minutes, it got so dark that everybody was forced to land. A bummer
that we don't have tiger's eyes and are able to see in the dark...