It’s Chili Time!

Hooray, it is Chili Cook-off time, always a well attended and fun event. Thanks, Dale, for taking on the task, Miss Lee has decided it is time to retire.

Dale Stokes has generously consented to take over the organization of the 7th Annual Chili Cook-off. It will be held on Saturday, February 26th at 7 PM. All entries and judges would be expected to arrive at the pavilion by 6 PM.

Those not donating food will be asked to make a $5 contribution, this will used as prize money for the top three winners.

Aside from chili, Dale will need volunteer judges, corn bread, sour cream, shredded cheese, chips/crackers, desserts and we would be grateful for a keg donation.

If you are interested in participating or providing any of the above items, please contact Dale at or call her cell phone, 423 605-8917.

Winter Flying

Well we’ve weathered the storm. In the valley we got at least 6 inches of snow and the top of the mountain got around 8 inches of snow. In Georgia, that’s enough to shut things down for awhile. But we’re back! The roads are looking good, conditions are good. Heck, it’s launchable right now! The weekend outlook is light SW-W on Saturday and light NNW on Sunday. Yesterday, Mike cleaned up launch so that he, JC, Megan, and Eric could take a flight. The sun came out and it turned into a beautiful afternoon. Check it out…
snowView from Launch
dancingView from Launch
dancingView from Launch
dancingMike Shoveling Launch
dancingMike and His Snow Removal Speed Bar
dancingMike’s Launch
dancingEric (sorry it’s kind of fuzzy)

This Weekend and September Fest Update

Saturday, September 11, Pizza at the Pool $5 a person (7pm). There is a private wedding reception at the clubhouse, but after dinner has been served dancing and festivities are open to all flight park members and students.

Sunday, September 12, 1pm at pro shop. Dean Funk will be teaching Weather: Fall Soaring Conditions. This is a free clinic.

I’ve been getting some questions about what September Fest will be all about. Well, the idea is to do as much flying and fun flying competitions as we can! That means that the flying tasks will be dictated by the skill levels of the pilots present and the flying conditions. We want to include as many pilots as possible, so we will probably have more than one flying task per day or the flying task will be modified for pilots of different skill levels. Clinics will also be on the schedule. Let’s have fun!

The following is a blurb about September Fest and the evening entertainment (sent out by Stacy Murdoch).

The LMFP September Fest is approaching, and we wanted to get some details to you all regarding a super fun weekend Sept 17-19 of flying and fun. There will be lots of flying and friendly flying competition.

The weekend entertainment begins Friday evening, Sept 17th at 7 pm with big pots of homemade soup, salad, and beer (all complimentary), then Open Mike will start around 8-8:30. Dave Miller will be our Host for the evening, with talent abound! (We could use more by the way) Please email me: if you would like to participate, or know someone who might want to join in. It’s a great venue for anyone who likes to sing, dance, play an instrument, etc. and would like to practice their talent in front of a gracious audience.

On Saturday, Sept 18th LMFP has lots of fun flying tasks/activities all day long, and Saturday night the band Priscilla and Little Ricky will play us some great dancing tunes, plus Lisa will be serving a home made Mexican Feast, and of course there will be kegs. Just bring $10 for that evening.

Sunday will be another day for flying with your fellow pilots.

This event takes place the weekend before Team Challenge at Henson’s, so for those who are traveling to participate at the Tenn. Treetoppers event beginning Sunday the 19th, just come on in to Lookout Friday and have some fun flying with us too!

Let me hear from you about playing at Open Mike please,

Stacy Murdoch

Denny Knocks the Dust Off

Denny, a regular here at LMFP, came down from Pennsylvania a bit ago for his first flight of the spring. His trip, in his own words…

Wintry winds continued into spring but conditions mellowed, which is, of course, the seasonal cycle. Driving down from Pennsylvania was a leap of faith on my part but I realized had I stayed home, I had 100% of not flying whereas being back HOME in Lookout my percentages improved exponentially.

First stop; the hills. Though mentally we’re all where we were last fall, muscle memory tells a slightly different truth… we’re not! I spent two mornings on the Big Hill, not so much learning anything new, as much as re-learning a little bit of old. After that, I felt I was ready but the winds on top, though straight-in and sweet, were a tad too high for a first launch in several months. So I passed and enviously watched while others, more current, bounded along the ridge, some skying-out while my Sport 2 remained tethered to the rooftop, moldering comfortably at rest.

Two days later my time came and, with a wire assist, I was off and flying. My flight was what I would characterize as a modified sledder; some ridge some thermal but not too much of either. Nevertheless, absolutely glorious!

The next day right after setting-up, the wind shifted from straight-in to straight out. No way!!! I waited but it was still too shifty and iffy so I broke down and sulked back to our trailer in the Landing.

Landing Zone is actually a Latin phrase meaning “hopelessly optimistic” because the next next day portended to be ideal and lo, in this instance, it turned-out to be that exactly that. Straight-in at 12. I was set-up, off and along the ridge. The ridge was a little rowdy for my rusty skill-set so I nosed in cautiously on cat’s feet and at only very sharp angles; always turning away from the cliff. So many times the difference between a two hour flight and a 10 minute sledder pivots on one turn but that turn on the ridge, when executed, must be made with a critical and knowing eye, balancing all the factors of lift, turbulence and height above terrain with enough potential energy for an adequate escape. My flight this time was 30 minutes as I eventually fell away but my reactions, I felt, were not as sharp as they have been and I know could be with more frequency.

Back in the LZ among the warm camaraderie of fellow pilots sharing their flights along with an adult beverage and looking for a body ride made the whole trip worthwhile. With a boosted skill-set and rekindled enthusiasm I am anxiously looking forward to my next return to crackle away the remaining winter’s rust and begin flying anew.


And then…Richard

Richard and Mary were visiting us from the Raleigh area. They had spent the week camping in hammocks, relearning how to hoop dance around a bonfire (hula hooping), and learning how to hang glide. They and Mark (down from New York) had a great week of training and it paid off. The photos of Mark and Mary’s first launches are in the last post and this time it was Richard’s turn. Saturday morning, in calm conditions, Richard had his first mountain flight. He flew great!

We love when the new mountain pilots come back up to launch after their first flights with a triumphant smile on their face, “I did it!”. Richard was ecstatic. Congratulations Richard, awesome flight!

Richard Richard's Launch Richard’s first flight