Taking the snake by the head
Slangkop, for those of not Afrikaans extraction or understanding, literally translated means Snake Head.
Although a more plausible translation would be “snake hill” as a koppie in Afrikaans
means small mountain/hill…possibly a fair warning to take into consideration
when collecting a glider down the base of the hill. There be snakes in them woods!
But enough of the linguistic gymnastics crossed with geographical positioning
and more about the fantastic slope sessions over the weekend up at Slangkop.
This Autumn spot is one of those dream spots. With a nice vertical face
it takes very little wind to get up a head of steam and
in general produces the most insanely smooth lift, provided we get
the SW or SSW winds that really focus the lift into the bowl.
You can be standing there baking away in the sun and fell nary a breeze on your face
and yet be flying the smoothest lift possible. Just awesome!
and with Autumn now well and truly on the go, the westerlies are starting to push through
and this slope is starting to become a favorite once again.
Saturday produced 25-30km/h winds and although a bit bumpy to start with there was just lift deluxe
and so Brendan, Marc, Mally Christo, Schalk and myself gathered for a sublime
afternoon’s slope session. Combat, formation Aldij flights with three up at a time
and then more combat whiled the hours away.
Come Sunday and a repeat performance, this time attended by
Damian as well and formation flying in lighter lift with the Impalas took place.
By the end of the weekend a good few tired and yert happy slopers headed home
with a wee bit of a grin on the face. Roll on winter and the Chappies sessions
which look set to kick off this weekend if the early forecasts are anything to go by.