XC TrikerAir Creation Tanarg 80hp BioniX 15M

0O2, 0O4, 0S5, 0Q5, 14S, 1O3, 3S8, 3W5, 9S3, A39, AVENAL, CALIFORNIA VALLEY, CN12, CYQS, DIXON, FOT, Headquarters, ID85, K1O3, K3O1, K3O8, KAST, KAVX (Catalina Island), KAWO, KBOK, through KBUR, KC80, KCCB, KCMA, KDAG, El Mirage Dry Lake & Flying J Ranch-El Mirage, KFHR, Over LAX midfield & LAX school, KFUL, KGCD, KHAF, KHRI, KINW, KIYK, KIZA, KKIC, KL52, KLGD, KLKV, KLPC, KLSN, KLVK, KMPI, KMRY, through KNTD, KO22, KOKB, KONP, KORS, KOXR, KPGA, KPRB, KRBG, KRBL, KRNM, KSBA, KSBP, KSDM, KSHN, KSMO, KSMX, KSNS, KSZP, KSZT, KTOA, KUAO, KUKI, low pass KVBG, KWHP, KWVI, KZPH, L06, L08, L09, L61, MATANCHEN, Monument Valley, NV74, Dry Lakes, O46, O69, Over KLAXPHHN, PHDH, S16, S51, S89, SALTON Sea x3, Slab City, Stocking Meadows, through KSEA, A few that won't be mentioned (OR/MX/Sltn), Through TRONA GAP, UT25, WA09, Yosemite, 49X, KHII, L62, L17, KFCH, KCVH, CA66, KOAR KSFF 73S 72S S94 KPUW S68 Bill's Ranch S27 KGPI (Glacier) 58S 2MT1 53U 8S1 7S0 52S S09 S34 KTHM S83 KDEW, L88 (New Cuyama "X"d- low pass), KRIR (FlaBob), L35 (Big Bear), KSBD (KTOA <->San Bernadino @ NIGHT ! :)  L45, KBFL, L05, O26, Over Mt Whitney Summit at 17,200', L73, KMIT, L19, L84, KOXR, P20, L54, KFUL (Trike Lecture), KCLR, YYWG YCOR YHAY YIVO YWTO YMIA YBRN YDLQ YTOC YPOK YWGT

~ 166 Airports, Fields, or off road (4 Countries- hopefully more soon :)

If you put all your airports/off airports on SkyVector, you can make a cool map of the places you've been.  These are mine:

      In North American Continent (US, Mex, Canada, Hawaii)

      In AUSTRALIA  (MegaFauna 2014, etc)

      ALL  (get's a little crowded in this view)


ISO Speed80
Focal Length7mm
Captured2008:02:13 17:38:13

Northbound-- in the late evening

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Northbound-- in the late evening


  • XC Triker

    Inspired by @Jeff_Trike's phenomenal photo adventure series, I wanted to share one from the past.  Strangely, Ole emailed me today to ask if I could post some photos of the trips down there too.

    I should post some photos of the Hang Gliding trips we took down there as well, but maybe another time...

    I met Ole online through his online HG adventure stories, then contacted him to do some adventure HG tours in May-Hee-Co ...   the rest is history ...  eventually to triking    Very pleased to share this with a great group of trikers here

    If you haven't read Ole's stories, you are really missing out !!!

  • Ken

    Cool shot - the sandals tell it all

  • jeff trike

    XC are you in any of his stories?

  • XC Triker

    Gee, I hope not, Jeff.  ;-)

    Ole's stories are often hilarious misadventures.   One of my favorites is the one about truck towing, & the sombrero they fly up the line to let the guy know when to get off & float the line down, but they end up pulling down a huge antenna & causing miles of destruction ...   : 0

    The locals all think it was God or a Terremoto (Earthquake) ...

    Yeah, those are my dirty toes in the sandals-- Chip was piloting.  There is really something great about flying in warm weather, T-Shirt and Sandals--  much more bird like.  That's really what we are all seeking, isn't it.  First we got rid of our cockpits, then we have wings we hold in our hands, ...

    A few steps more and you're soaring 103 style !!!

  • jeff trike

    XC, I was wondering if you were "Pilgrim"

  • XC Triker

    Uh, oh, Jeff, which story does "Pilgrim" play a part in?

  • Bill Pilgrim

    Wasn't there, had nuthin ta do with it.......

  • jeff trike

    "Pilgrim's Progress", in Living Dangerously, by J.Q.Olsen

  • XC Triker

    LOL Jeff, re-read that story, no that wasn't me (fortunately-- he had a great day though !!! he Lived !! ;)

    I met Ole in Colima, I can't remember if I had already been to Valle de Bravo by then, Ole had a falling out at Valle and was no longer operating there.  I thought Valle was Awesome !!!  Most consistent place I've EVER been, maybe most consistent in the world.  My wife & I went there and knowing how many HG vacations go, we were immediately asking about the weather--  what's it been like, how's it looking for tomorrow, the rest of the week,  .. etc.  The answer was basically, we don't check the weather-- It will be ON tomorrow, 100%.  We don't bother checking, it will be on tomorrow.  It's always on this time of year.

    After a few days, I got very used to that-- too awesome.   Wake up, hop in the launch truck, go fly-- that's it.  In the mornings and afternoons Valle is a mellow ridge place and my wife actually got her first for real soaring flights there (it finally clicked for her)-  in mid day, it can be rowdy, especially in the piano below.  I have some cool footage launching there I need to figure out how to get off the DVD I made and post--  The launch is a slot through the trees and thermic gusts and devils come up it regularly.  On one of my launches the relative wind changed 90° right after I was airborn, so the glider yawed pointing 90° to the right flying sideways down this slot in the trees--  I have some cool slo-mo of that.  My guts told me ROLL LEFT!!!  But my brain/training fought and won-- "This is just yaw, it's not roll, just let it fly, it's flat, it's fine.  It's just yaw!!"  I flew sideways straight down the slot for several hundred feet, and finally couldn't take it any more, rolled left toward the house thermal and cored out ;)  I love watching that film !!!    Vale is a GREAT place !!!

  • RizzyWizzy

    Trike flying in sandals, that's the way to do it.

  • XC Triker

    ;)  Those are my dirty sandal toes !  What a great flight--  that's where I fell in love with triking !  Ole introduced me to it on the beaches in Mexico, after we had been on Mexico HG adventures together.

    I love flying along side the coast / water.  That's probably why I'm concerned about going in to said water.   Ken @Knussear, loved & misses flying Oceano (then get the hell out here buddy !) and Sunil (@Krishnasunil) loves flying the Northern Coast.   There YFT @yarraft,  Love of triking mentioned 4 times in one post--  Love is in the Air  (literally).

  • madmik

    Beautiful place. Not sure the same sentiments can be passed about your feet XC...lol.  Are those sand ridges natural?

  • XC Triker

    MM, yes the scalloping in the beach was natural (the car treads in the soft stuff were not ;).

    I got this question by email here:  "Looking at the photo ... with compacted sand close to waterline - could you have landed on the beach with no problems ?  I have always wanted to do this on Lake Superior. The sand close to the water in dense and front wheel should not dig in. Any thoughts ?"

    YES !!  If you go to the top of the page, notice just above the photo title "Northbound-- in the late evening" you'll notice some words in grey.  They are navigation links.  


    It means you are within site [PHOTOS] within [PHOTO ALBUMS] within [XC TRIKER'S] albums in an album I named [In a Time & Place Far South of Here- Vamanos Cabrones, Says Ole] and on a picture named [Northbound-- in the late evening].    Navigation on this whole site works that way, and I bet many people don't take advantage of that- find a lot more, a lot quicker.

    It means you are within site [PHOTOS] within [PHOTO ALBUMS] within [XC TRIKER'S] albums in an album I named [In a Time & Place Far South of Here- Vamanos Cabrones, Says Ole] and on a picture named [Northbound-- in the late evening].    Navigation on this whole site works that way, and I bet many people don't take advantage of that- find a lot more, a lot quicker.

    Why am I mentioning that?  Because if you click on the grey words (at the top of the page, not here in comments)   [In a Time & Place Far South of Here- Vamanos Cabrones, Says Ole]  you will be taken back to the Album Level that this picture is within-- then you will see some really cool photos of this trip (including THIS one.  We landed all over those beaches, in fact, my first real trike lesson was there on that beach, and my first solo and first landings were on that beach-- we'd do crow hops up the beach (~20 landings) one direction, then 20 more the other direction.  They were usually a little cross wind, on the way back slightly down x-wind.  Land on the damp stuff, not the wet stuff, and not the dry stuff.  Time your landing between the scallops of the beach.

    The beach in this photo was a little steep, but it could have been done fairly easily-  keep the wing level to the horizon (Not level to the beach--  the angle of the beach will already turn you toward the water, if your wing is level to the beach--  better put on a snorkel !)

    Don't do THIS.     There's also a video of a guy in a Jabiru taking off and maybe the slope of the beach and beach horizon turns him into the water !! :(


    In this video (fast forward to 1:30)

    I land on the beach at Copalis State Beach airport-- an official airport in WA that is actually on the sand, unpaved!!  We had to do two passes to be sure where it was exactly.  I hadn't landed a bigger fast trike on the sand before, so I kept the trike moving (touch and go) to test the surface and be able to get off again.  If I'd come around a 3rd time, I'd feel comfortable landing there full stop.

    This is a beach that we will likely hit again with the Oz group on Top-to-Bottom 2 (T2B2- 2015) if there is enough interest on both sides of the big lake.  The rest of the adventure is HERE