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Hello fellow pilots,
I can now officially reveal the El Nido Fly-in in Clearwater BC is happening again in 2016.
The site is located in the beautiful North Thompson valley 130 km North from Kamloops.
This is a relaxed get together flying weekend with the focus on fun and safe flying.
A great site for long thermo - dynamic flights along / above the 10 km long ridge.
Often the ceiling sits around 3000 m with lots of pilots flying 30 km triangles or local XC. The potential is to fly big XC if you follow the hwy 5 North towards Blue River (120 km) or Valemount (200 km) Who is going to be the first one to open the route?
Very favorable for hang gliders as well.( good steep TO and humongous landing field.) 
Para gliders and Hang gliders welcome.
YouTube :  

Watch Terry Butcher’s you tube video ‘El Nido Clearwater BC ‘if you want to get a good image of the site and how to catch the house thermal up.

When :                       Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of August 2016

Where :                     The LZ is right across the grocery store / liquor store / gas station at Birch Island. You can find this place if you drive 10.5 km North on HWY 5 starting @ the Wells Grey info center in Clearwater.

Camping :                  From the Wells Grey info center in Clearwater, drive 10.5 km North on Hwy 5. Look for a big yellow sign that says ' Birch Island campground'  It's a great campground for tenting and RV's with full hook ups.  This camping is at walking distance from the LZ which is right across the grocery store / liquor store / gas station at Birch Island.
                        Free camping around my house @ 1088 Bo hill Place Clearwater BC only for the Weekend.  No Showers but great campfire place where we can get together and tell stories....perhaps with a beer.

Insurance :               Open to all free flyers with HPAC insurance.

Elevation :                Take Off = 1030 m / 3380 ft ASL
                                                 Landing = 460 m /  1510 ft ASL
                                                 Vertical drop = 570 m / 1870 ft
Orientation:             South

Type of flying:          Ridge soaring and thermal XC.

Landing :                  Big field in front of grocery store of Birch Island.

Take off :                   4 gliders can set up at once, nice grassy gentle slope located in a wide cut block.

Road :                        A good gravel road leads you up to TO.  4 wheel and 2 wheel cars with a higher  ground clearance will make it up easily. Park @ TO. From LZ drive back up to HWY 5. Drive North. After  4 km take a left onto a gravel road. Stay on this main gravel road for 6.5 km and ignore the small junctions. At 6.5 km look for a windsock in the trees on your left side.  Take a left onto this narrow flat road. Follow this for 1 km  and you will drive by the TO. Park next to the road, NOT on the TO.

Schedule :

Friday 12 th of August @ 10.00 h = pilots meeting at the Birch Island Grocery store (=LZ): site briefing,  HPAC insurance (have your HPAC nr ready !)....transportation to TO................11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long HIGH and FAR till sunset.
Saturday 13 th of August @ 10.00 h = Pilots meeting at the Birch Island Grocery store : for the new arrivals: site briefing, HPAC insurance.....transportation to TO...............11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long
Sunday 14 th of August @ 10.00 h = Pilots meeting at the Birch Island grocery store........transportation to TO...........11.00 / 19.00 h = fly all day long
Recreational activities =
-wild water rafting and kayaking on the famous Clearwater river.
                                    -horse riding
-amazing waterfalls in the hidden gem of BC.....Wells Grey PP
-swimming and relaxing on Dutch Lake down town Clearwater   
-Canoeing on Clearwater Lake or Dutch Lake  
-Hiking in the Alpine of the Trophy Mountains.
- last but not least PARAGLIDING  El Nido.   
Restaurants =
‘The Painted Turtle' = stylish great dining with a great view of the mountains on the shore of Dutch Lake. (in town of Clearwater )
‘The Hop  & Hog ‘ 300 m from the Wells Grey visitor info center on the Clearwater Valley Road........(in town of Clearwater)
For dinner a BBQ will be ready for your convenience at our place. Please bring your own food and drinks.
Event Frequency = 140.100
Cell phone reception is poor at the flying site !!
Meet  e-mailwillyrens@gmail.com
Sigi and I developed this site in 2008 and like to share it with all of you.
Hope to welcome a bunch of you.  :)
Willy Rens
Heli-ski and Adventure Guide
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