2002 Gliding Expedition
9th July 2002: The
expedition moves to Zell am See
YM towed both
gliders well into the mountains for the start of another Alpine cross-country.
This was the Duo (Ed and Pete) enroute from Voslau to a release point
North of Timmersdorf.
westward followed the main valley in central Austria passing Trieben,
Niederoblarn and the Dachstein towards Zell-am-See. The scenery was
spectacular, here showing the mountains just East of the Grossglockner
from the ASH (Robin and Tone).
Towards the end
of the afternoon, cu-nims developed on the South side of the main divide
from the Grossglockner to the Zillertal, but fortunately didn't cut off
the North side. The convection eventually reached 13000' between Zell
and the Gerloss Pass.
The ASH and Duo
teamed up for a couple of hours over Zell and returned to the Gerloss
Pass via the Kitzbuhlerhorn. From the high convection both gliders got
into wave and soared to 17000' over Mayerhofen.
and Phil flew YM into Trieben, where Tom, Roger and Andy took it over
for the rest of the journey to Zell am See.
gliders, tug and cars all arrived at Zell am See.
Neustadt to Zell am See, Austria
weather in the east is stabilising and becoming hotter and bluer. We elect
to move from Wiener Neustadt to escape both the weather and the difficulties
of operating from an active military site during the week. Our tug is allowed
one tow so a complicated plan is hatched to get both 2 seaters out for long
tows to the soarable conditions towards the west. The ASH spends a while in
wave around 10,000’ just North of Timmersdorf awaiting the Duo. Conditions
improve steadily to the West of Trieben with strong climbs to 11,000’
and eventually 13,000’. The gliders meet up near Zell am See and fly
together, passing Kitzbuhl and on to the Gerloss Pass, eventually finding
wave and climbing to 17,000’. The remainder of the team set off, split
between the tug and the trailers, with an intermediate personnel change at
the gliding club at Trieben to allow everyone a change from driving. All meet
up at Zell and we are welcomed by Bert, tug pilot and manager of the local