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RE: [snowkiteidaho] WOW

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  • Jason Brickner
    Hey Jon, Did you make sure this guy signed your personal liability release form? ;-) Sounds a little scarey. Be careful... Things can happen very quickly!!!
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 15, 2006
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      Hey Jon,

      Did you make sure this guy signed your personal liability release form? ;-)
      Sounds a little scarey. Be careful... Things can happen very quickly!!!

      -Jason

      -----Original Message-----
      From: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com [mailto:snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com]
      On Behalf Of Travis
      Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2006 12:05 PM
      To: snowkiteidaho@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [snowkiteidaho] WOW

      So i got a couple of Jon Bolt's S-ARCs in December. After several attempts
      to put up the little guy and learn how to fly my first quad, i wasn't making
      a lot of progress. Our jagged valley seldom gets a steady wind and i
      haven't been able to even reach the top of the continental divide due to
      sizeable drifts this year and gnarly avalanche terrain. I got up on Taylor
      Pass for a few days last full moon, camping at a hut, but no wind. It was
      sunny, warm and beautiful the whole time. Just like a day at the beach only
      at 12 thousand feet. We just ended up skiing the powder meadows behind a
      snowmobile as if they were lakes. For hours this went on long into the
      moonlit evening.
      Finally i got some wind one Thursday a couple of weeks ago while out
      riding on Richmond Ridge. There are no real big areas to fly up there so i
      decided to just to tie my smowmobile ski-rope to the back of my harness and
      give myself a kite lesson with skis off. Well there was a sqaw moving in
      and the wind was starting to pick up.
      Hurricane ridge was way to windy and frightening ( imagine that )! So i went
      half way down the mountain to a big meadow where the wind wasn't so severe
      and seemed to be blowing fairly straight. My buddy Joe was there to help me
      set up and we were airborn in a few minutes. Facing downwind is nice but it
      makes it hard to see the impendig chaos of weather approaching from behind.
      I'm guessing it was blowing 10 to 20 at first. I was getting a feal for the
      kite for a little while as the squaw moved in. It started to snow and the
      wind went (I guess) to around 15 to 40 mph with gusts, white-outs,
      whirlwinds. I got up into the window a few times and that little 460
      launched me. The first time it yanked me up and over Joe's head and slammed
      me down in the snow. With that example, Joe moved back out of the way of
      danger. This went on for a while with five or six big launches. The kite
      was super stable and we only tangled it up once.
      As the storm intensified and my strength faded, amidst the laughter and
      profanity i got launched one last time. This time, while i was in the air
      (all 200 pounds of me plus gear) the snowmobile was yanked and dragged
      around 90 degrees and a few feet backward. WOW! The stuff that happens
      when ya dont got video. Thanks Jon Bolt, i cant wait till i get another
      chance at it!
      Travis






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