Posted by: 13rob | July 6, 2015

6 JUL 2015 – An unexpected bonus…

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After yesterday’s thunderstorms, the air felt a bit turgid but we went flying anyway. Above shows us just before launch on RW27 at Sondrio. It was a bit of a grind out of the valley but improved once above the peaks to reasonable conditions.

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We ran the high route into Switzerland but there was a lot of overdevelopment and mid-level cloud cutting off the sun. It was still soarable so we pressed on in the best English tradition and committed to the Sion valley.

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After about 50km the skies opened out and we had a good run right out into France, almost to Grenoble. The picture above shows us returning from the west towards Mont Blanc.

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There were some incredible views of the massif around Mont Blanc with >13k bases. At the top of the climb, we were on a technical glide to Sondrio c.250km away, apart from the intervening rocks.

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We passed the Matterhorn then flipped over to the Italian side for a slow glide out. A top up 50km out to clear the last ridge and we were home after 600km+ in stunning scenery. An excellent day out.

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