Page Perrin famous Hat Creek local listened to my stories of evening glass offs from Sugar Hill to Lakeview for some years before he showed some interest in actually leaving Hat Creek for a day and making a trip to fly elsewhere
Page wanted to get his Gold Lilienthal award from USHPA. He had already completed the 10 km out and return and now needed to complete a 50 km XC he thought this may be a great way to do it. We usually end up landing at Hunters LZ in Lakeview which is 28 miles and only 45 km. but very convenient. We figured that to make the 50 km should be quite easy, we would just get as high as possible at Black Cap and head
north up hwy 395 for 3 and a half miles and we would have it.
Page, quite understandably, rarely leaves Hat Creek to fly elsewhere but this looked like a good enough reason, so he asked me to give him a call when the weather looked set to cooperate.
The big day arrived and Page, Derk and Roger headed up to Sweet and Low with their trusted H5 driver and launch assistant Debbie. Wally Anderson, my original HG instructor (and Pages) and his wife Ginny arrived as we were nearly ready to go and Wally got out his PG .
The three hang gliders launched and we had no problem climbing out and heading north. I love flying the evenings XC with friends as it is usually fairly easy to all stay and fly together and take in the beautiful scenery.
We climbed up again at Black Cap and Page headed out in front as he was to pick the LZ when his GPS had told him he had the 50 km. Debbie was out in front in the chase vehicle ready to give us wind and terrain conditions.
Page picked a wonderful field to land in, uneven with plenty of sagebrush, but who wants to land in a flat grassy field at 49 km. We all landed safely thanks in part to our H5 drivers readiness , directions and wind streamers.
Page was very happy to have Ginny's sister CJ Sturtevant sign his award form completing a long time goal for him.