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Jonathan Dietch
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I agree with all of Tim’s sentiments but must caution that the upper launch is always sketchy for hang gliders unless you go off the very top of the West side when the wind is SW. That portion is steep and it’s easy to see whether or not the wind is filled in by the swaying of the wild grass. We had a blown launch from just below there a few weeks ago by a pilot on a topless who was negligent and unfamiliar with the nuances of top-launching. I must further caution that another pilot on a topless was nearly killed after top-launching in thermic conditions. In general it’s just safer to walk down to either ramp and get into the airflow along a steep drop-off.