|Wind record for the launch (courtesy of our excellent FreeFlightWX weather station). Upper graph is wind strength, with the red zone starting at 12 knots. Lower graph is direction, with the green zone centered on SSE, facing down the slope.|
Conditions were great high up: either 3-meter lift or 4-meter sink! I was able to do the rounds of the Kankai Alps ridge, and the entire Kuratake massif in the time remaining, encountering some unexpected winds on the way. For example, every time I caught a thermal on the south side of Kuratake, I drifted in a different direction! One can never get tired of conditions like these. It's the same place, but the air is so different minute to minute that I might as well have been flying straight-line XC!