Monday, July 22, 2013

Weaverbally and Waddell

A couple new videos from the past couple months...
Weaverbally (Trinity Alps)
Weaverbally - July 2013 from Ryan Goebel on Vimeo.

and Waddell..
Waddell - 2 days from Ryan Goebel on Vimeo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Dune Fly

It has been on and with all the daylight now there's plenty of time to get after it during the week!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Waddell Again...

4-9-11: A nice day out at Waddell. We had 8 gliders in the air at once at one point. Eric and Wayne had their first high flights here and the bluff welcomed them with open arms.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Presidents' day at Mt. Bachelor, OR.

3 days after the big storm and still plenty of goodness to be had.

Mt. Bachelor, OR from Ryan Goebel on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Joe Myers posted these photos the other day. Brought back some great memories of the whitewater days. This sequence was taken at Maytag on the N. Yuba, a substantial class V at this flow (around 4,200 cfs), around 3 times the typical commercially runnable flow. We blew off our customers and ran it anyway. One of my most memorable swims shortly followed. Caught these Turkey Vultures sunning up on the coast just north of my place on the way to work. I'm pretty stoked on the new camera body I picked up (Nikon D90). I've had some nice glass hidden away since the film days and looking forward to putting it back to work.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Birthday Air

(above-looking South to Pacifica)
We've had a pretty marginal fall, conditions have been difficult to predict. The weather really turned on this weekend though and I got a great B-day present at Funston, and a perfect day at Marina (bottom). Good flying with great friends.

Above: over Daly City
Below: looking North to Ocean Beach
Below: Dune flies at Marina

Wednesday, July 21, 2010



Open Class
  1. Dave Gibson (also longest flight award at 119 miles)
  2. Kurt Bynum
  3. Mike Daley
  4. Scot Huber
  5. Jonathan Dietch
  6. Ken Muscio

(13th Wayne)
(I stumbled in at 26th I think)

Rec. Class (must have flown less than 75 miles to date in a single flight)

  1. Dugan Gravage
  2. LJ Omara
  3. Fred Clement
(I landed 7th in this class)

I heard rumor that Scot Huber accumulated the most miles in all six days combined and will be the leader in National Rankings for Open Distance XC in the USA (nice work Scot!)

Day 1 was a great day, altitudes to 18k were reached, light clouds forming out of the mouths of the valley creating a cloud street to Duboise, followed by a blue hole, then OD before Henry's. Kurt waited around for 2 hours for it to pass before landing at Sunset at Henry's Lake. (I made it to the cement plant today 48 miles)

Day 2 was challenging and turbulent along the ridge. A turn point was called and Dave Gibson made the 52 miles, returned to King and then went out for another 10 miles. (I had a short flight to Pass Creek)

Day 3 (today): Some mammata and light virga overhead, looks like a late start may provide for some clearing of skies and decent flights. Forecast is for great weather 82-90 for the remainder of the week. (edit) Good day for a late start. Joe Evens won the day on his single surface, flying low to minimize the strong headwind. That guy is an animal! (I made it to Mackay Airstrip bonus LZ finally getting past Pass Creek Canyon. I flew the last 2 miles on full VG, no turns and just cleared the fence at the end of the runway by 50', whew!)

The last 3 days of the event were equally great though I didn't keep up my log. This is the greatest event that I get the opportunity to fly. The features and weather in this part of Idaho are as beautiful, challenging and exhilarating as anywhere I can imagine flying. And yet the greatest part of being here is the camaraderie of the pilots on hand. Some of the most gifted xc pilots and coolest characters make their way here from across the U.S. to gather in a summer camp for big kids. It is the best. I can't wait for next year!