FLY EL NIDO
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
AUGUST 11, 2017-
Hello fellow pilots,
The El Nido Fly-in at Clearwater BC is happening again from Friday 11th till Sunday 13th of August 2017.
The site is located in the beautiful North Thompson valley 130 km North from Kamloops. This is a relaxed get together flying weekend with a focus on fun and safe flying.
A great site for long thermo - dynamic flights along / above the 10 km long ridge. Very favorable for hang gliders as well. (good steep TO and humongous landing field.) Paragliders and Hang gliders welcome.
Often the ceiling sits around 3000 m in August with lots of pilots flying 30 km triangles or local XC. The potential is to fly big XC if you follow the hwy 5 North towards Blue River (90 km) or Valemount (165 km) Who is going to be the first one to open this route?
Well, some routes have been opened in the last few years.
The Kamloops – Barriere route (52 km) flown by Terry Butcher in Summer 2014.
The Barriere – Clearwater route (55 km) as well as the Clearwater – Blue River route (92 km) flown by Scott Watwood in May 2017.
Peter Spear holds the local triangle record of 42 km (August 2016). All impressive flights and all on Paragliders (hanglider pilots have work to do!)
Watch Terry Butcher’s you tube video ‘El Nido Clearwater BC ‘if you want to get a good image of the site and how to catch the house thermal up.
When : Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 of August 2017
Where : Clearwater BC
Directions to LZ : From the info center in Clearwater take the HWY 5 North (direction Jasper) for 12 Km – 8 min. Take a right @ Birch Island Lost Creek Road and follow the road (500m) down to ‘Dee’s General store”. Look for happy people.
Camping : From the Wells Grey info center in Clearwater, drive 10.5 km North on Hwy 5. Look for a big yellow sign that says ' Birch Island campground' It's a great campground for tenting and RV's with full hook ups. This camping is at walking distance from the LZ which is right across the grocery store / liquor store / gas station at Birch Island.
KOA campground in downtown Clearwater.
Free camping around my house @ 1088 Bohill Place Clearwater BC exclusively for the ‘ El Nido Fly In weekend’! No Showers, NO hook up’s but great campfire place where we can get together and tell stories....perhaps with a beer. Bring your own!!!
Insurance : open to all free flyers with HPAC insurance.
Elevation : Take Off = 1030 m / 3380 ft ASL
Landing = 460 m / 1510 ft ASL
Vertical drop = 570 m / 1870 ft
Type of flying: Ridge soaring and thermal XC
Landing : Big field in front of ‘Dee’s General store’ in Birch Island
Take off : 4 gliders can set up at once, nice grassy gentle slope located in a wide cut block
Directions to TO : From LZ drive back up to HWY 5. Drive North (direction Jasper). After 4 km take a left onto a gravel road (Mc Corvy Lakes FSR) Stay on this main gravel road for 6.5 km and ignore the small junctions. At 6.5 km look for a windsock in the trees on your left side. Take a left onto this narrow level road. Follow this for 1 km and you will drive by the TO. Park next to the road, NOT on the TO.
(There is a small fee of $10.00/per pilot to help offset costs for the event and help with site development This covers the whole weekend)
Friday 11 th of August @ 10.00 h: pilots meeting at Dee’s General store in Birch Island LZ. Site and weather briefing, HPAC insurance (have your HPAC card ready!) transportation to TO 11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long HIGH and FAR till sunset.
Saturday 12 th of August @ 10.00 h: Pilots meeting at the Birch Island Grocery store. For the new arrivals, site briefing, HPAC insurance. Transportation to TO 11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long
Sunday 13 th of August @ 10.00 h Pilots meeting at the Birch Island grocery store. Transportation to TO 11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long
-Wild water rafting and kayaking on the famous Clearwater river.
-Horse back riding
-Amazing waterfalls in the hidden gem of BC.....Wells Grey PP
-Swimming and relaxing on Dutch Lake down town Clearwater -Canoeing on Clearwater Lake or Dutch Lake
-Hiking in the Alpine of the Trophy Mountains.
-Disc golf playing @ the ski hill.
- Last but not least PARAGLIDING El Nido.
‘The Painted Turtle' = stylish great dining with a great view of the mountains on the shore of Dutch Lake. (In town of Clearwater )
‘The Hop & Hog ‘ 300 m from the Wells Grey visitor info center on the Clearwater Valley Road........(in town of Clearwater)
Please bring your own food and drinks.
At our place a BBQ-set will be ready for your convenience to cook your own steak.
Bring a small seat if you want to sit comfortable around the campfire at our place.
Event Radio Frequency = 140.100
Cell phone reception is poor at the flying site!!
Meet e-mail XskyParagliding@gmail.com
Home Phone: 1 250 674 2105 or
Cell: 1 250 674 1108
Sigi and I developed this site in 2008 and like to share it with all of you. Hope to welcome a bunch of you.
Sigi and Willy