Hang Gliding 

Some of Peter's hang gliding photos.

A view from my hang glider from 16,000 feet looking down on Mount Whitney, California.  Purportedly the tallest mountain in the 48 connected US states.
A view from my hang glider from 16,000 feet looking down on Mount Whitney, California. Purportedly the tallest mountain in the 48 connected US states.
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Walts Point launch, near Lone pine, Owens Valley, California.  One of the preferred Hang glider launches at approx 9,000 feet.
Walts Point launch, near Lone pine, Owens Valley, California. One of the preferred Hang glider launches at approx 9,000 feet.
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Preparing to launch at Walts Point.  My glider is the yellow/red one.
Preparing to launch at Walts Point. My glider is the yellow/red one.
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Where I landed after flying 50.1 miles from Walts Point, in Owens Valley.
Where I landed after flying 50.1 miles from Walts Point, in Owens Valley.
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US Nationals 2008, Lakeview Oregon.  Task board for the day's competition.  Yes, that is a 207 kilometer task - 129 miles.
US Nationals 2008, Lakeview Oregon. Task board for the day's competition. Yes, that is a 207 kilometer task - 129 miles.
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Black Cap launch looking over Lakeview, Oregon.  US Nationals 2008.
Black Cap launch looking over Lakeview, Oregon. US Nationals 2008.
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Looking down at Sugar launch, near Lakeview Oregon, 2008.  Approx 13,000 feet.
Looking down at Sugar launch, near Lakeview Oregon, 2008. Approx 13,000 feet.
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Up close with the clouds at roughly 13,000 feet.  Lakeview Oregon, US nationals 2008.
Up close with the clouds at roughly 13,000 feet. Lakeview Oregon, US nationals 2008.
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Getting underneath clouds.  US Nationals 2008.
Getting underneath clouds. US Nationals 2008.
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Sugar launch, near Lakeview, Oregon.  Those tiny white spots are the other gliders trying to get up.
Sugar launch, near Lakeview, Oregon. Those tiny white spots are the other gliders trying to get up.
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Underneath a cloud, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
Underneath a cloud, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
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Underneath a cloud, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
Underneath a cloud, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
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Looking down on another glider, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
Looking down on another glider, Lakeview Oregon, 2008.
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Flying over the California -> Oregon state border.  The border is a line from the base of the hill, through the center of "town" and out to the lake.
Flying over the California -> Oregon state border. The border is a line from the base of the hill, through the center of "town" and out to the lake.
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Apparently Lakeview likes hang gliders.
Apparently Lakeview likes hang gliders.
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Blackcap launch, above Lakeview.
Blackcap launch, above Lakeview.
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After my flight for the day I went exploring.  This is the flat part of the terrain we were flying over when we went east.
After my flight for the day I went exploring. This is the flat part of the terrain we were flying over when we went east.
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Welcome to California!
Welcome to California!
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Welcome back to Oregon!
Welcome back to Oregon!
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East from Black Cap, Lakeview, Oregon.  Flying along the center of the valley in a nice thermal that took me back up to 13,000 feet.
East from Black Cap, Lakeview, Oregon. Flying along the center of the valley in a nice thermal that took me back up to 13,000 feet.
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One of our group of pilots landed out near the terrain I'd explored previously.  This is our driver, Enoch.
One of our group of pilots landed out near the terrain I'd explored previously. This is our driver, Enoch.
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A view of the reservation from the air.  Our first turn point was above the air port.
A view of the reservation from the air. Our first turn point was above the air port.
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Over town.. getting closer to turn..
Over town.. getting closer to turn..
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Crop circles!  And there's the air strip.  Our turn point was a 400 meter cylinder (1/4 mile) above it.
Crop circles! And there's the air strip. Our turn point was a 400 meter cylinder (1/4 mile) above it.
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I landed in what I thought was an empty field.  I was suprised when a group of curious horses turned up to see what was going on.
I landed in what I thought was an empty field. I was suprised when a group of curious horses turned up to see what was going on.
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Horses getting up close..  I really am surprised.  They came from a long way away.  I'd normally they'd be startled and scared of a glider flying overhead.
Horses getting up close.. I really am surprised. They came from a long way away. I'd normally they'd be startled and scared of a glider flying overhead.
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Another of our group landed way out in the middle of nowhere.  This is an "airstrip".
Another of our group landed way out in the middle of nowhere. This is an "airstrip".
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Back to Owens Valley.  September 2008.  I launched way off in the distance and flew along the mountains towards the right.  I left the mountains to come land here because I was tired and had enough.
Back to Owens Valley. September 2008. I launched way off in the distance and flew along the mountains towards the right. I left the mountains to come land here because I was tired and had enough.
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Power lines!!
Power lines!!
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Another view from where I landed.  The White mountains on the right.
Another view from where I landed. The White mountains on the right.
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Working ridges on the Sierra side of the mountains.  I was at about 14,000 feet here.
Working ridges on the Sierra side of the mountains. I was at about 14,000 feet here.
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I later reached 17,300 feet.  But this shot of my flight instruments almost shows the best altitude.  My water bottle had already frozen..
I later reached 17,300 feet. But this shot of my flight instruments almost shows the best altitude. My water bottle had already frozen..
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About to land in my old hang glider - Wills Wing Sport 2-175.  This was taken a while ago by a spectator at Ed Levin county park, Milpitas, CA
About to land in my old hang glider - Wills Wing Sport 2-175. This was taken a while ago by a spectator at Ed Levin county park, Milpitas, CA
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