You drive through this really cool canyon just north of the turnoff for Sun Valley.
Cove launch looking north. The launch is in some rocky bushes just out of sight at the bottom.
The west cliff wall, which you can reliably ridge soar (after benching up) every evening until dark. These are at about 12,000'.
Cove west launch. Much nicer than the north launch! Launch is about 8500'.
Getting ready to soar the evening air.
Pilots launching off the west launch. It got more and more cross from the north as the evening went on.
The west cliffs in the fading sunlight. About 9pm.
Prizes to be given out at the end of the week. They feel like a sort of soapstone.
Getting the big picture.
Mandatory safety briefing.
Monroe Peak west launch, about 11,300'.
Lots of space to get your stuff ready!
West launch, looking south. Another group was over at the towers.
Looking south to the approaching moisture.
Monroe Peak. You can launch in many directions but the west launch is the best.
Pilot meeting, with the only real shade up top.
Over Cove Mountain. The west cliffs are just out of sight...this is the plateau behind.
Coming up to Interstate 70.
Just jumping the Interstate 70 gap. These cliff faces were working nicely this time of day.
Looking over the back to the high plateau. Hoodoo-like formations?
Coming up to Manti. Goal is still in the distance about 50km.
Hiking into Bryce Canyon from the bottom. The thunderstorm is in the background.
Venturing further into the rock forest maze.
A maze of trails in the canyon. Some of them lead to the top; others don't. A few wrong turns later we were getting higher.
Getting closer to the rim.
On the rim, looking west. Thunderstorm off to the left. Apparently the cliffs on the horizon have been flown, being outside the National Park and thus OK.
On the rim looking into what we just came up through.
Looking down into the canyon,
Up on the rim, looking east. We hiked in through the green trees in the opening of the amphitheatre.
The rain is moving in!
Enjoying the view while the rain moves past us.
Paragliding shot! This is the closest you can get to paragliding in the Park, at least legally.
On the way back down to the bottom of the canyon.
The approaching storm. The first part of our courseline is in this direction! The day ended up being cancelled.
Another cell dropping out to the NW, towards Richfield.
Getting ready to fly...look, no TCU's!
At the start on glide for Cove Mountain. Lead gaggle in front.
At the start, looking back at Monroe. Rest of the field following.
Coming up on the badlands, just south of I-70. Goal is still to the north, just past Salina in the center of the photo.
On glide for goal, which is in the center of the photo in the shadow.
The building cu's over launch.
Mammata over Richfield. We didn't fly this day!
Meadow hot springs. This is the hottest one at about 100F.
Part of this pool has a really deep section, going into a cave-like structure around 30' deep.
This is the larger, cooler pool at about 90F. Much nicer in the hot summer months. There is a bit of a lip to get into the water.
The same cooler pool, with a shallow gravel-filled end.
Wheeler Peak, on the Utah/Nevada border, is 13,000' high. It's currently getting pummeled with hail and lightening.
Black meets white in northern Nevada.