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Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
username is: loic
Friday, April 24, 2009
The results are in the column on the right.
I will try to update but as you know I get lazy.
All for now
Monday, February 23, 2009
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2009
Repack Fee: $40.00 Deployment, inspection and repack. The lecture is free.
PLACE: Ecole Ste-Marguetite Bougeoys,
4700 Richard Rd SW
(note: the school is next door to Bishop Carol High School & near the Farmers Market)
Format: Deployments will start at 9am for pilots who have attended previous clinics.
Lecture will start at 10am. It is recommended that pilots who have not attended a clinic should attend the lecture.
After the lecture, deployments will continue. Repacks will start during the lecture. If work needs to be done on your equipment it will be done at the shop during the week.
If you are a new pilot and don't yet have a reserve we will try to make sure you get a practice deployment. There is no charge if you have no equipment.
1:30pm- Pizza – included in repack fee or $10 if you didn't pay for repack.
AHPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2:00
Can you please let us know if you will be staying for pizza so that we can order enough
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Going to bed
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Hope all is well back home and see most of you soon. We have 3 tasks left and then its party time and then come home to get some work done and yes I am actually excited about that.
Cheers to you all
Keith (Not frustrated at all)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Well today we had a 84km task all over the place including the Monarca Butterflies. It was another cluster in the start gaggle but once the start happened the fast gliders got out in front and we then had space. I was with the lead group going into the first turnpoint but lower. I decided to make the wise decision to take a climb as there was no point in being stupid so early. The climb allowed me to catch the lead group again as they got low. I headed across the mesa and well on speed bar took a nice blowout and my wingtip stuck in so I lost some height fishing it out. I was now low and behind again. At this point the group behind me got me and I lead them into the flats where we took the convergence out to the butterflies. After getting stuck for a few minutes with the lead gaggle in sight it was just not to be and I resorted to being second group for the day. So all and all another good day but not sure how I did. maybe 15-20 mins behind the leaders. I did not see anyone from Team Canada in goal when I left so can not report on them at all. Hope they made it.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I am off in about 6 hours to Valle de Bravo, Mexico for the Paragliding World Championships. I will get a week of practice in then the game begins on Sunday the 25th. I plan to try and update my blog but I will also give you the links for other sites with info. My other major plan is to fly with my SPOT locator beacon, It will update every 10mins live with where I am so if you want to get fired then go watch this site.
The Best Coverage probably
The Official Coverage
So hope all is well for all of you and Thanks so much for all the support now its my turn to go represent.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Place: Shanks Crowfoot in NW Calgary
When: January 14th/2009
TIme: Around 7pm
Check out my new glider a Boom 6 from GIN GLIDERS mine is the white one
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So give it a try.
I will be using the Boom 5 from Gin Gliders for this meet so it will not be my equipment holding me back.
Hopefully I will be able to Blog while there but if not I will write when i get to my Mom's after the meet.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Hope all is well back home.
I will most certainly lose my 13th place overall.
I will try to update more often but internet is tricky here and the only reason I am even writing today is I was back early.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I am home now and after recovering from what seemed like the worst Jet Lag ever. I have been suffering the post long trip blues as I spent so much time and effort organizing it and now its over. But that just means its time to plan for something else. After spending Will's birthday in the rain and totally drunk we got up the next morning for the last task of the World Championships and the sun was actually shining. The day looked ok but cloudbase was low so we knew it would be tough. Sure enough we all launched into the cluster of gliders not really climbing but above launch. Myself and Will left between the start times so took a 10 minute penalty by not waiting for the next start time. We talked as we were close to each other and decided to just continue to goal as it was the last day. The day went well with only a few tough spots for me and a great final glide to goal with left most of the way for the last 10 km's. I finished my Solo Bar as I was crossing the goal line as the munchies struck and I had an extra bar in my pocket to finish before packing up to come home so it was time to eat. I crossed the line a couple minutes behind Will and placed 26th for the day while he got 7th. Yes it was tight with a lot of gliders crossing together. So the meet ended on a good note with a nice task and an ok race. I placed 51st for my first ever World's finish and have to be happy with that but next time I now know I can do better. I felt as though I was able to keep up with the Top pilots but they really excel at not making mistakes. There bottom end seems to be higher than mine so I come home and will practice not making the little mistakes and focus on making more solid decisions with reading conditions.
There are a few Thank You's for this trip:
Invico Capital Corporation -
For obviously supporting me both Financially as well as encouraging me to chase the dream. Dave, Alison and Jason you guys all rock and Thanks for all the support.
Solo Energy Bars -
Is my newest supporter and they stepped up supplying me with the energy to fly the long days when I first got there. I also used the bars to keep me alive when I decided that Australian sandwiches taste like crap. So Thanks Saul.
Columbia View Homes -
For the team support. Looking forward to seeing you this summer.
Muller Windsports -
Vincene you are the best we could ever have on our side and without you I would never have made it this far so Thank You.
All the friends that chipped in to make this happen. I will never be able to repay you for a trip that I will never forget. So thanks.
D&G- Your Simply The BEST
Caroline- For allowing me to go away to chase the dream. Love ya
Will for being easy to share a caravan with when the rain fell and the flying sucked at times.
Nicole our Team Leader for going to meetings that I am glad I never had to go to and being a master sandwich maker after we all got sick of the bakery. Thanks
The next comp comes at the End of July
Were running the Canadian National Paragliding Championships in Golden BC July 29th to August 4th 2007
till then later
Monday, March 05, 2007
So until I have something more postive to say I have decided to say nothing at all.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
We had a very nice dinner of pasta made with peanut butter, thai curry paste and coconut milk. (VERY TASTY). Were eating on a budget here as it costs a lot for food were finding. Apres dinner we chilled with friends and retreated to Franklin (Will's & Keith's Caravan) to watch an American TV show called "Heroes". Ok James you win its a good show...grin. We watched the first two episodes before crawling into our beds to read for a couple hours. Yes, I do know how to read.
Today we have been chillin in various capacities from Jogging to coffee drinking to napping and some computer work. I have arranged for a couple us to go to Sydney on the way home and my brother has got us tickets to some Australian Rugby which should be crazy fun. The forcast I have to say is not great for the next few days as a tropical storm sits in the North of Australia pulling moisture from the south towards us. But hey if you have a drought book a paragliding meet to get rid of it. Well enough of me rambling and I hope all is well for everyone wherever they are.
PS. cross your fingers for things to improve for us until then bring on "Heroes"
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
So its 8 am and the Cuckatoo's do not allow for sleep past about 7:30 so needless to say we get up early every morning. It is nicer this morning as it rained during a tunderstorm last night for a bit to really settle things down. Sorry for not being able to post many pictures but I am hoping still that I find a connection with more bandwith to allow me to send bigger files. Sorry for the scatered post but hey its something I guess. I am still tired so will take it easy for the next couple days to get back into the game.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I would just like to Thank everyone that has made this trip possible. Invico Capital Corporation and Muller Windsports you guys all rock. All the friends who chipped in and even the ones who didn’t thanks for being there. Caroline your the BEST.
So thanks everyone else cause it is 36 degrees as I sit here writing this and my brain resembles a frying egg on a sidewalk.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Cheers to y’all
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Today was a day. We got up early as the body would not allow anymore sleep in after going to bed at 9pm last night. The day started with clear skies but turned into a stormy day. I launched around 1:00pm into nothing, so I sunk all the way to my landing at the bottom just to watch Will and Kari continue into the thermal that I could not use. So with a quick ride to the top again I flew quickly until the 15 Km mark where I ran into a wall of thunderstorms. I choose to allow my smart’s to overcome my day and landed. I was glad to get some flying time and get used the glider again. I hope tomorrow will be a great day and I feel today could have been except we launched to late. So till tomorrow.
PS Happy Valentines Day to you Sweetie.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Were still sitting here on this long ass flight to what seems to be the middle of nowhere. Its 5:30am Tuesday morning Sydney time and it is something like 11:30am Monday at home in Calgary. Will and I have both managed some form of sleep for a few hours, he is sitting on the aisle and me against the window and with another guy between us. I am watching the most amazing sunrise right now and will post pictures when I send this tonight. I feel as though my diet of trying to be healthy is being thrown out the window by United Airlines as they constantly make sure your chewing something that resembles nothing I would ever eat at home. So no worries about ever going hungry on these flights. I believe we have another couple hours then we will land in Sydney and have a 4 hour wait and meet up with Nicole and Tom before we have yet another 1 hour flight to Tamworth. Were going to try and get an evening huck off the hill tonight to work out the body from being still for so many hours but we will see how we feel when we get there.
Will and I both also managed to not have to pay extra baggage charges and in fact they never even weighed my bags (SWEET). The first comp starts tomorrow so no time to recover but hey I think were all used to it being this way. The first comp is the Manilla XC Open and will run for the next 8 days and is open distance everyday (fly as far as you can). The cool thing about this comp is only your best 4 flights out of 8 count towards the scoring. That way after a big distance day we can rest and get after it again the next day without losing any points for it. Well I guess they think its breakfast as they are feeding us yet again damn they must think were hungry from all the exercise were getting sitting here staring out the windows and watching bad movies on shitty screens.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
If y0u got this email I either feel you care or just felt like I should send a heads up email. I will be representing Canada at the upcoming World Paragliding Championships in Australia and would like to see you all before I leave so this is a great opportunity to come hang out for an evening of debauchery and good times. We have managed to convince Will Gadd who is the other male on the team to do one of his Great Slide Shows about his crazy adventures from around the World. He does slide shows for a living so they are always very entertaining and fun for everyone. So Invite all your friends and family. Hope to see you all next Thursday night January 18th.
P.S. Liz can you forward this to the Older Crew i.e.. Your parents and highschool friends. Thx
The Canadian Paragliding World Team fundraising party will be held on
January 18, 2007, at the Schanks Athletic Club (103 Crowfoot Terrace
NW, Calgary, AB) at 7:30pm.
All are invited for a night of partying, a slide
show by Will Gadd, and the draw for the 50/50 contest. Entry cost to
this event is by donation to the PG World Team or nothing.
For those who can't (or don't) want to travel to Calgary, there is
still a chance for you to enter the 50/50 contest and help the PG
World Team (Will Gadd, Keith MacCullough, and Nicole Mclearn) pay for
their trip to Manilla, Australia, for the FAI World Championships.
Tickets for the 50/50 draw are $1 each; obviously the more tickets you
buy, the greater chance you have of winning! The winning ticket will
be drawn the night of the fundraising party, and the winner will get
50% of the 50/50 proceeds. We are projecting a total proceeds of
around $6000, which means the winner can walk away with $3000!
If you want to buy tickets for this draw, here's how you can do it:
-In person at Schanks Athletic Club, January 18, 2007.
-By emailing me with how many tickets you would like to buy, and a
mailing address that I can send the tickets to. I will send you a SASE
that you can send a return cheque in.
This is a great chance for you to support the Canadian Paragliding
World Team in their endeavor to compete at the World Championship
level, and also a chance for you to win some big money (pay off your
holiday debts, go on a winter vacation, save up for a new glider,
etc). The winning ticket and their owner will be announced on this
mailing list, as well as the HPAC mailing list.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Day 1 started very sunny and we went up to launch early via a chairlift which is very nice. My chairlift partner is of course my bro Ryan and he flying as well which is a lot of fun having friends to hang with to make it like home. The task for Day 1 was a 79km out and part way back flight over the Galena Pass. I was able to time the start with the lead group and decided to take a very direct line to the next turnpoint where as Will and a few others choose some very different lines. My line was up the middle so I could keep a very close eye on everyone. As we neared the Turnpoint the pilots all converged on a single mountain so we were all together again with about 10 of us. At the turnpoint I made the major mistake for the day but recovered nicely and was able to head of to goal shortly after the winner allowing me to take 7th for the day.
Day 2 was well lets just say not so much fun. I was fully dehydrated and hypoxic from the Day 1 has my O2 system ended up leaking so I had none and my camelbalk was pinched so I had no H2O. I did launch in the less than ideal conditions but after close to an hour I decided with judgment to save my life and go land. I was not into it as I was really not well and was unable to really get my head in the game. The day ended up being good and 12 made goal, so my placing overall dropped to 25 but I am only a little ways back from Top 10 so with a couple more days it should be good. WOW that was long but there it is JC....grin.
Cheers to all back home and Thank You to Invico Capital Corporation for sending me here.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Well after the party the true adventure was trying to get back to the car weaving through prostitutes and the crack heads to find one of them leaning against Jeff’s door. He kindly asked her to move which of course she grunted not missing a beat in her conversation with herself and moved. Ha-ha. Funny Funny World we live in.
For today we are just about to get in the car for what I have been told is a 7hr drive.Yay. So all for now .
Saturday, May 27, 2006
This Comp. Is rare in that it actually has 2 comps in 1. The first is a normal racing comp and the 2nd is a mentoring system where the higher ranked competitors get paired with a rookie and we train them for the week to hopefully teach them better racing skills.
Of course this meet as like my whole season has not been with out the help of a great group of supporters:
David Campbell @ Invico Capital Corporation ( Thx Buddy I would not have made it without you) WEB LINK on the right column
Smith Sport Optics & Ian ( Thx for making me look better out there )
Muller Windsports ( Thx you mean a lot to me)
D&G Inc. (Love You Guys)
Gravports ( Gadd need I say more. Thx Bro )
Mom & Dad (Your the Best)
Well all for now. Wish me luck and I will update my Blog as often as I can
Thursday, January 26, 2006
www.monarcaparaglidingopen.com for results
Sorry no pictures today.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Well the title sums up my moods for the last 72hrs. It has been a crazy mess around here. The lead gaggle manages to disintegrate into the ground towards the end of each day and it has included me for Days One and Two. Day 3 it all changed, I had a terrible start and got behind right at the beginning. With the help of having all the other pilots in front of me to show me the lift along the way I quickly caught up to the front and managed to fly myself into 10th into Goal. Goal was high up on a plateau where all the Monarch Butterflies migrate for winter, it was at almost 10,000 feet above sea level and the clouds were at 11,000 feet so it was very tough to get too. I ended up placing 13th for the day do to the fact that I missed out on some speed points that are given to pilots who lead during the day. The leading points are given to pilots who charge out fast and make it easier for the slower pilots to see where the lift is up ahead and take very little risk up not finding lift.
Today was another very hard day. I launched very early again today as it was a speed run which means we all get individual start times(normally we all start at the same time). I was very fast in the beginning,then got stuck flying on a small ridge with 20 or more other gliders for more than an hour. I finally got fed up and searched a little further for some better lift and found some but before I could turn there were 20 gliders flying straight at me making it very difficult for me to turn. We got on our way to the next turnpoint, trying to avoid flying in the clouds as it was overcast. The group all turned at the turnpoint then it was just a matter of gliding as far as we could which lucky me was farther then the rest. I placed roughly Top 20 for the day, so in the overall I may move into about 25-30th. So with two more days to go I can hopefully pull out a better placing,maybe Top 20 if I get smarter....
Cheers and check my photos in the corner flicker account.
The Results can be found at www.monarcaparaglidingopen.com
P.S. Today's Photo is from Nicole
Sunday, January 22, 2006
We started off with a 59 Kilometre task. I launched number 3 and spent over an hour and half in the start circle at 11,200 feet going in and out of the wispy clouds with 150 pilots. I timed the start perfectly with Josh Cohn and Frank Brown and managed to get a great glide line to the first turnpoint and back to the second. By this time the lead group formed and for some reason there I was with them. Josh decided to take a very bold line to the next turnpoint which was out in the flats. Len and I decided to not quite take the line Peter Brinkby took and decided to go half way between the two lines. We glided into the turnpoint number 4 and found a big blue hole so we slowed down allowing time to make sure we were high enough to get back to the lift in the hills. This is where my first mistake and last mistake was made. I tried to retrack the thermal I was in and lost it. So the group I was with and actually really needed to help spot left was now 1000 feet higher then me. They went on glide back to the hills where the final turnpoint was and from there it was just a final glide to goal. I was now left having to climb by myself. This was ok but as I reached the clouds and went on what I thought was final glide a MASSIVE shade spot was no coming across where I was headed. By the time I got there all I found was sink and now was left searching for any chance of survival. The 4 pilots ahead of me went on to goal with no chance of helping me. The day ended with me watching a butt load of other competitors fly over my head as the sun was now out again. So all and all a great day but now I am left with a lot of catching up to do. I am happy with sticking with the big guns up front but it just does not matter unless you get to Goal. Hope all is well back home . Tomorrow is a new day for us all.
Cheers and Thanks for all the emails, they certainly keep me psyched
The big day begins. I am currently in a beautiful town about 3 hours west of Mexico City, where the days are hot and the nights are cold. The comp. has 125 of some of the best pilots in the world and will be very tough as the racing here is very fast. I have just spent the last 3 days training and getting use to flying again after winter back home. I’m staying at the coolest house ever with views that are unbelievable. I will post pictures soon but have been forgetting my camera in my glider bag. Sorry Mark. I will attach a shot of a picture of me from about 11,000 feet by my bro Josh Waldrop. The pic shows the town I am staying in. The flying has been amazing and the people even better. We usually land around 2:30 in a nice grassy field by the lake with little kids the pack up your gear for about 80cents ( crazy ). All for now.
I would just like to take some time to thank the people that made this trip get going. Just click the pics to make larger.
Invico Capital Corporation – Dave thanks you guys rock.
D & G – Your a great Bro. Thanks
Muller Windsports – Vincene I could never get my butt off the ground without you. Thanks for all the help over all these years.
Smith Sunglasses – Ian thanks for the hook ups.
Mountain Bike City - Tyler and Brad, I would be freezing my little ass off if it were not for you guys.
Gravsports.com - Thanks Gadd, The glider is going well, so well Eric Reed is flying his Boom 3 too.
And last but not least Mom & Rob Love you guys thanks.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
So we all went surfing this morning and then went off to Blossom for some more flying. The flying was a lot better today with more then my share of turning at the ends of the ridge with one very low save. (Blah Blah Blah). It was good to turn some circles in preparation for Valle at the end of January. My Dad did some flying as well so it was good to spend some airtime with him. Xmas Eve dinner awaits. Merry Xmas to all and have great weekend.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Well the trip started earlier then I wanted but hey 6am is not a bad time when your headed to sunny California. With a brief stop over in Salt Lake City, that turned into a 3 hour stop instead of the scheduled 1.5hrs. Flying into San Diego was pretty cool as a very large layer of fog was sitting out over the water and it was sunny over the land.
I did my best on route to keep anyone and everyone from speaking to me about their Xmas plans by watching episodes of the second season of Scrubs. I managed to knock down about 5 episodes (Thanks James). Well once in San Diego we arrived back to the car to find out my mom had left the lights on which obviously left me saying who the hell turns their lights on in the daytime. But she did and we were left with a dead battery. Problem solved. Home we went but not first without a stop at some tex mex(yum). Went Paragliding today with my Dad and had Mom drive. No thermals but lots of sweet air for some nice Acro.
P.S. I have added photos to my Flicker account in the sidebar
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Well the snow has finally fallen on Calgary. We awoke to a few inches of the white stuff covering everything horizontal. The only thing this means to me is a transition from Paragliding to Kite skiing...YES!! I have most of the month off from teaching but will be back teaching classes in early Dec. I have a ticket to sunny California to visit my parents and brother for Xmas. I will only be there for 5 days but it should give me just enough break from the most likely cold temps. here by then. All for now until I start travelling next year.