Soaring Serramonte

Serramonte is a suburb of Medellín. To get there, we piled into a taxi, planes, transmitters, and all... Believe it or not, taking a taxi in Medellín can be cheaper than driving your own car. It's also more entertaining due to the usually friendly and always joking taxi drivers.

Contrary to what you may think, it certainly is safe. Which reminds me: there are many misconceptions about Colombia in general and Medellín in particular, but that's another story...





Juan Cojo
The taxi dropped us at the foot of the hill, and a 15-minute hike took us to the launch site.
Jorge, in classic form, about to catapult his home-brew "Tayrona" out over the city.
As expected, the Stork had no problem here. No wonder, this hill is only about 6000 feet in elevation.
The greater Medellín area is home to about 4 million people, 2.5 million of which live in the city itself.
A slow fly-by for the camera with flaps partially deployed.
Conditions were a bit "slermally" but no problem for the Stork.
The city of Bello in the background.
I've found this hill in GoogleEarth from memory and by using these photos.
A "chulo," as the local vultures are called, joining me in the thermal. Chulos can make great lift indicators.
Looking north-east toward the Andes where somewhere there is another alpine slope called "Matasanos."
A thunderstorm moving up the valley calls for a landing. The LZ is a little small at this site.
Go around! -- Jorge's son Andrés and his friend watch the German gringo blow his landing approach.