The uphill slog to nirvana
Saturday turned into a really good southerly blow, from what I gathered from Bill and Lionel.
So they had a good afternoon of sloping up at Kommetjie, above the lighthouse.
A good few of us opted to wait for the promised South East blow and waited for Sunday to deliver… and it did.
Whenever the prediction is for 45km’s an hour of wind, generally St.James will deliver the goods.
Heading up early, Jeff and myself made landfall at about 11:30Am and were greeted
by a beautiful breeze whistling up the St.James slope, while seagulls cruised by watching the
sweaty endeavors of men who want to fly toy planes and have to stomp up a mountain hike to get
to the promised land…
Carry as many planes as you can, endure the 1.7km hike up the path and then fly as many planes as you can. Simple.
During the next hour Uncle Bill, Damien, Carlo, Malcolm and Marc all joined the merry hike up to the site.
The landing area was superbly easy , the combat just awesome, and there were very few injuries
to man or machine on the day.
The crowd grew as the day waned, and in the end there was quite a large crowd up on the slope.
Based on the experience of the day, it was refreshing and humbling to see this comment posted by
Russell Conradt from Durban.
“you guys make me sick, those slopes of yours are flippin awesome, look after them. Our beloved Derek’s Dale outside Durban has three hundred squatters in the area where we used to park our cars, they are not overly friendly and where I used to fly in the early westerly morning breeze, I certainly won’t be going there by myself, anymore. Our local intown slope has been used as a garbage dump, so I have to come and fly your slopes,hope you don’t mind, Russ”
Lets keep in mind that certain powers that be, can and will kick us off the slopes
without the slightest hesitation and at any time.
Slope sites like St.James are on what is considered to be a very environmentally sensitive area
of the Peninsula and we as slope soaring individuals and as a group need to have a common vision
on how we can protect, keep and maintain sites like St.James.
Do we really know how lucky we are?