Glenwood - Lookout Mtn
Advanced thermal XC launchpad.
Flying XC at mid-day requires a P4 high level pilot with a strong background in mountain flying. At about 11:00 on days with suitable XC weather (rare), western to southern prevailing winds begin to hit Lookout Mountain. A house thermal exists above a knob located a few hundred feet down the ridge between the north and middle launch.
Lookout Mountain offers late afternoon and evening flights. These flights are more suited to P3 pilots. Winds at about 10-15 mph at launch are best. Typical meeting times at the LZ for Lookout Mountain during the middle of the summer are 4:00-5:00 pm. Afternoon and evening flights offer a significant chance of long local flights. Glass-off and restitution flights are the norm. Short XC flights to other towns are also possible during these hours.
Pilots should make sure to stay up wind of the bowls associated with launches. Sink and rotor exists behind the antennas.
Parking at the top of Lookout Mountain is only a few hundred foot walk to the launches. The North launch is visible just north from the parking. The middle launch is easy to find at the base of the smallest of the two radio towers. The South launch is more difficult to find. Locate a string of power lines that travel south and downhill. Follow these power lines down to a series of cairns and follow them to the south launch.
A truck is required to drive to launch. Club members frequently meet in the LZ and carpool up.
The LZ is located between the high school stadium and the river, and has other hazards including pedestrians, a large pine tree just west of center, and trees on the border.
Be mindful of wind direction. The morning drain typically flows from the south meaning the typical landing pattern is oriented to land flying from the north (landing towards the town of Aspen). However, as the drain ends, so can the winds in the LZ. Expect at any moment that winds can switch directions.