Lake Tahoe as I climbed up over Slide Mt. Radio was giving me the weather stations and I had to pull it out and get it back on channel after I topped out around 12k. and glided back to Mt. Rose. Also turned on my InReach Sattelite tracker at this point so it doesn't show my takeoff at Slide. It's set for 20 mn. gaps between track points by me, which seems good enough for flying purposes. I didn't launch till almost 1 but the winds were predicted to be SE for most of the day so I was in no real hurry, as others were sinking out, to go.
Lake Tahoe from where I climbed out before crossing over i80 to Peavine. Mt. Lots of virga and high clouds blocking the sun but the day had lots of promise. Winds were mostly in the 8 to 14 mph range. Predominantly S at base but lower down SE to SW depending on the terrain.
The Warner Range with snow covered peaks ahead and Surprise Valley to it's right. Beautiful clouds with strong lift over 1200 fpm and big sink between them for super fast glides in the 60 mph range with the south tail wind. Good radio reception and the guys were staying even with me on Hwy 395 to my west a few miles. I never got low again after that one hard stretch. Mostly stayed above 10'000 till getting to the Warners. Had my oxygen working good which was nice to have as the air was quite cold up high. My camel back line had slush in it but never froze solid so I had plenty of water to drink.
Anyway I was hoping to get up on the Warner Range and at least try to take it to Lakeview but by the time I got there they were covered with clouds dropping snow and rain. I got to Eagle Peak which is at 9900' above it by about 200 ft. but with no lift to be found and the range in clouds glided out into Surprise Valley and landed along the Hwy. The guys were on Hwy 299 waiting for my transmission telling them which way I would be going to land. I could have went more east out into the Nevada back country to extend my flight, but both those guys had to work in the morning, and I didn't feel like ending my flight in the middle of nowhere.
I dropped my streamer low after pushing it to a field which still had some sun on it hoping to get up but no luck and I didn't see the streamer fall over with the ground wind. It laid over NE to SW but I guessed it had laid over SW to NE because that's the last direction my flight instrument had recorded.
I came in over the highway and just kept going and going at a high speed and knew I was in for some pain or broken metal at least in the tailwind. I flared with all I had and kept it from whacking but fell on my right shoulder hard and bruised it deeply if not an outright seperation. The glider was fine. A field worker came over and gave me a hand unclipping. I stood up and tried to shake off the pain but it wasn't going away. I took off my helmet and hung it on the wires and walked down to the Hwy maybe 75 yards where I took off my harness. Then I tried to take off the speed sleeve and while lifting my right arm over my head the shoulder felt like it was coming out of the socket a bit. I grabbed a fence post and knelt down and pulled on it to get it to reseat which it did finally. I had the use of the hand and nothing felt broke so the guys and I instructing them got the glider bagged and we hit the road for home. A killer retrieve getting back to Incline Village where we dropped off the driver about 12:30 and headed to drop off Matt in Calistoga around 4am. Home to bed around 5am after a shower and some unwinding and ibuprofen.
The start of my InReach tracklog. I forgot to turn it on at launch as this was my first flight with it this year so it starts from where I did. The points are 20 minutes apart so you can tell how well I'm doing by their distance apart. The slow stretch is obvious in the beginning after I crossed Hwy 395 at Cold Spring
Here's the Delorme page for the track if you click on the track points it gives you my alt. and speed and gps coordinates. This page is in the members section of Sonoma Wings web page under the About heading. If on any given day someone calls you to get my last position just click on that days track and go to the end and get the info. and give it to them.