FLY EL NIDO
Found in the Andean Mountains and the Pacific Coast of South America, Andean Condors are the largest flying bird, by combined weight and measurement, in the world. They have a 3.3 m (10'10") wing span, the male is larger than the female and they may live up to 70 years. Andean Condors are the national symbol of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru.
Some of the most spectacular scenery and crisp clean air, is located in Clearwater BC. The scenery is especially spectacular from the sky. That's one of the reasons paraglider and hang glider pilots fly.
In 2009 Willy and Sigrid invited a bunch of us to come fly a site they had started to develop. We were a group of paragliders who had all become friends because of the sport. Willy and Sigrid named the site El Nido (The Condor), named after a base camp in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, where they (Willy and Sigrid) climbed a 20,000 ft peak. Andean Condors are the largest flying bird in the world and as paragliders, we are the biggest bird in Canada to use thermals to fly. 2009 (appr) was the first unofficial "El Nido Fly In" and was held in September. My first time there was in 2012. It's a launch that is pretty much suitable for anyone who wants to fly from beginner to advanced pilots. Launch is large enough to set up a number of paragliders and hang gliders all at once. There is a large LZ that can be quite boatie at times. I have circled it a few times before landing.
In the past couple of flying seasons Willy and Sigrid have turned it into a more organized event. In 2014 the first hang gliders came out and Jason Bouvier was the first hang glider pilot to launch there. The hang glider pilots were out again this year and had a great time. There is a spot landing prize of a bottle of wine and at the end of each day everyone gathers at Willy and Sigrid's place for debrief, dinner and laughter. This past season Willy Rens and Terry Butcher flew from El Nido all the way back to Willy's house. Willy and Sigrid are looking at continued development of the site.
We will be keeping this page updated with dates for El Nido Flyin, places to stay and pics of events. Keep watch for dates as the event draws nearer. We will also be creating a facebook event page which we will post here for sign up.
For event info or to share ideas use the inquiry form below.
Click here to see our event page on Facebook from 2016.
Two videos shot by Willie Rens. First one is everyone on the hill, second is Willie's flight heading to Clearwater. The air was so nice and smooth
El Nido launch from the air. The yellow arrow is launch, the yellow star at the base of the mountain is the bail out, star in left foreground is LZ. (photo courtesy of Terry Butcher, mark ups by Willy Rens)
Pictures from 2015 fly in. Everyone had a great time (pictures courtesy of Jackie Butcher)
FlyIn Dates and Registration