The standard arrangement for Rutland is “meet at the Pit at 11”. So when people were going up, that’s what I was shooting for, in order to get a ride up the mountain. So when I was approaching the Pit at 10:58, I was surprised to see a couple of loaded vehicles already heading the other way toward launch. I stuck my thumb out the window to signal that I wanted to hitch a ride, but they just waved, not understanding. A quick U-turn and I followed them to the gate, where I hopped out and pleaded for a ride. They were happy to oblige, and I left my car at the base of the road. Fortunately, this meant that I was among the first up there (I could have gotten a ride from others later), which put me in a good position for launch.
It was, in fact, a big crowd that showed up, among the busiest flying days of the year for me. Not a day for much altitude, though, it was mostly just back and forth on the ridge, with only a few thermals to turn in, and only one climb that got me over 3000 feet. But it was a day when I managed to hold on (not everybody did), and I was among the last to land, opting for the field on the south side of the road with a couple of other pilots, and then a jog back to fetch my car.
And I managed to take a decent number of pictures, some of which came out okay.
Gary C and Keith B
Bob R and Mike H
Jon A and John S
flights: 1, airtime: 2:06