|Part of Leanne's track from Kirikabu (knob on right side). We practiced various return routes from Haneyama (left side).|
|Mini-XC with Leanne.|
|Great scenery at sub-freezing 1700m!|
|Kirikabu is one of the best areas in Kyushu for wintertime conditions.|
We spent a frosty night camping at Kirikabu and early in the morning found us standing on the caldera rim, admiring an excellent view of Mt. Aso. But the sky was too cloudy and no wind was forthcoming. The wind forecast looked better at our home area of Kuratake, so we began driving homeward. Sure enough, Kuratake was on, with a typical tricky wind-shear situation: there was just barely enough wind to make tricky ascent from launch, but a few hundred meters higher one had to be extremely careful not to be blown back. We flew about an hour, until it started getting dark.
|Monday morning at Aso.|
|Driving back to Amakusa: Mt. Unzen volcano beyond Shimabara Sound tidal flats.|
|Ridge/wave soaring at Kuratake. It doesn't really look windy, does it.|