XC Rodeo

A cross country, race-to-goal league for hang gliders and paragliders promoting fun and providing structured events that help improve pilot skill and knowledge.

  • FREE contest runs from March through October.
  • Rating Requirement: Intermediate or Advanced, or a Novice with a CSS instructor sign-off and >10 hours airtime.
  • Skills Requirements: Turbulence (TUR) and Restricted Landing Field (RLF)
  • Classes: PG A/B/C, PG Open, HG Single Surface, HG Sport (kingpost), and HG Open (topless).
  • Email questions/inquiries to xcrodeo@crestlinesoaring.org.
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Marshall Peak
Monthly & Open Tasks

  • Unique tasks defined for each month of the competition.
  • All tasks return to AJX.
  • Pilots will need to arrange their own retrieves when landing out.
  • Bonus points awarded when monthly tasks are completed within the month assigned.
  • Open tasks can be run any time during the competition.

Logistics

  • Site Frequency (not implemented): 145.555
  • Emergencies: Follow the instructions and information available in the CSS Emergency Action Plan.
  • Use almost any flight instrument that supports waypoints and tasks and can export an IGC track log, such as an iPhone with the Flyskyhy app and Waypoint extension.
  • Optional monthly pilot briefing at 6PM on the first Saturday of each contest month for task briefings and pilot recognition; BYO food & drink.

Scoring

  • Scores accumulate throughout the competition
  • Monthly & Open Tasks: 1000 & 1500 points possible
  • Distance: 700 or 1000 points for completed monthly or open task
  • Bonus (monthly only): 150 points when completed in assigned month
  • Start gates on the hour and half-hour
  • Time Points: 150 monthly or 500 open for fastest time with lower points awarded for slower times

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Email xcrodeo@crestlinesoaring.org to sign up for weekend weather forecasts and upcoming XC flying conditions.

Monthly Task Schedule

Monthly tasks are designed to challenge skilled pilots who want to expand their flying. The tasks start small and easy and get progressively larger and more difficult through the season.  Before flying, pilots need to be familiar with the CSS site and its site guidelines and know the bailout landing zones and the minimum altitudes required to maintain a safe glide to a landing zone throughout the task.

Swimmin (9.6 km)

  • CRSTLN 400M ENTER
  • BILLBO 400M
  • REGION 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • MARSH 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information

Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout.

InReach (13.3 km)

  • BILLBO 1000M EXIT
  • MARSH 400M
  • CRSTLN 400M
  • REGION 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • MARSH 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information

Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout.

OutReach (22.3 km)

  • BILLBO 1000M EXIT
  • MARSH 400M
  • ARROW 400M
  • WASH 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • REGION 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information
  • Crossing Waterman Canyon: Start high (>5000′) and stay above 3700′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to 40th Street Wash
  • Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout

TwoTimer (26.3 km)

  • MARSH 1000M EXIT
  • PINE 400M
  • CRSTLN 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • LITTLE 400M
  • MARSH 400M
  • WASH 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information
  • Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout
  • Pine Flats: Stay above and East of the spine to maintain glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout
  • Little Mountain: Stay above 3800′ to maintain a 6:1 glide to AJX

Loopy (28.7 km)

  • CRSTLN 1000M ENTER
  • REGION 400M
  • PINE 400M
  • ARROW 400M
  • BILLBO 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information
  • Crossing Waterman Canyon: Start high (>5000′) and stay above 3700′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to 40th Street Wash
  • Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout
  • Pine Flats: Stay above and East of spine to maintain glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout

XGame (41.5 km)

  • MARSH 1000M EXIT
  • ARROW 400M
  • MKNLY 3000M
  • REGION 400M
  • BILLBO 400M
  • SUGAR 600M
  • ARROW 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information
  • Sugar: Stay above 6200′ to maintain 5.3:1 glide to the Soccer field bailout
  • Crossing Waterman Canyon: Start high (>5000′) and stay above 3700′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to 40th Street Wash
  • Taggigng McKinley: Get above 5500′ at Arrowhead and stay above 4300′ to maintain 5:1 glide to 40th Street Wash

Strawberry (42.5 km)

  • CRSTL 1000M EXIT
  • PINE 400M
  • STRAW 400M
  • BILLBO 400M
  • ARROW 400M
  • MARSH 400M
  • BILLBO 400M
  • WASH 400M
  • TOWERS 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
Safety Information
  • Crestline Ridge from Launch to Billboard: Stay above 4500′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout
  • Pine Flats: Stay above and East of the spine to maintain glide to Devil’s Canyon bailout
  • Flying East of launch to Strawberry: Stay above 6600′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to the 40th Street Wash
  • Crossing Waterman Canyon: Start high (>5000′) and stay above 3700′ to maintain a 5:1 glide to 40th Street Wash
  • Tagging the Spillway: Stay above 3500′ to maintain 5:1 glide to AJX

TryFAI (23.2 km)

  • CRSTL 400M ENTER
  • LITTLE 400M
  • TONYS 400M
  • CRSTL 40M ES GOAL
Safety Information

Individual pilots need to assess this task, landing options and appropriate flying parameters on their own

Open Tasks

Open tasks are designed for experienced cross-country pilots who can assess conditions and terrain and, when necessary, land safely in undefined, restricted landing zones.

The Standard (61.2 km)

  • CRSTLN 1000M EXIT
  • PINE400M
  • BAYLIS 400M
  • SUGAR 600M
  • STRAW 1000M
  • TONYS 1500M
  • MARSH 400M
  • LITTLE 3000M
  • WASH 400M
  • MAR-LZ 400M ES GOAL
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