The first time I got to visit Colombia
was in 2004. Even though we stayed near the capital
Bogota, Marcela and I glimpsed many good looking slope sites.
So, we managed to connect with a few pilots, looked at a few
sites, and it was clear: next time, I'm bringing a plane.
Next time was January 2005. We arranged to visit
slope sites near Bogota and Medellin. For me, this was a most
enjoyable trip, and I'm grateful for the hospitality of our
hosts: Roberto, Paul, Ricardo, Diego, and Santiago guided us
around the Bogota area. In Medellin, Jorge Puello and his family
welcomed us into their house, where we stayed for a week. Thanks
you my friends, you made this possible...
We brought along the Mach-1 wingeron "Pumkin" because
of its easy transportability. In hindsight, this 60" plane
was a poor choice. Slopes around Bogota are at around 10,000
feet elevation, those around Medellin are about 7,800 feet,
fast, thin, low-camber airfoil of the Mach just isn't all
that happy in thin air. Also, the complete lack of any kind
or flaps made landing this plane adventurous in some areas.
But we managed to have several memorable flights and bring
of fond memories.
Flying sites are listed in the tabs above. Enjoy the photos;
there are several per site.