This blog is authored by BajaBrent, Baja’s most experienced “free-flight” paragliding pilot. BajaBrent has lived and flown the “perfect ridge” in La Salina, Baja Mexico since February 22 1997. In fact, this year ( 2014), his 17th anniversary, he has tolled 1100+ flying hours, at La Salina.
NO THIS WILL NOT ALL BE ABOUT ME…THIS STUFF MAY BE ON HERE, BUT I PROMISE TO PUT MORE content ABOUT LA SALINA and OTHER PILOTS, PLS BE PATIENT…AS I AM RECREATING THE OLD BLOG AND NEED SOME FILLER,…which is what this is!
Although he has never suffered a serious paraglidng injury, he has endured many bumps, scrapes, bruises, and white-knuckled moments riding, gliding, and soaring the erratic air along the ridge and coastline.
His longest flight at La Salina is 5 hours and 10 minutes. His average flight is estimated to be an hour, which, includes the 5 minute sledders that “happen” when conditions change. His average “normal” flight is @ 2 hours, that is, whenever he launches, he plans on, and will usually achieve 2 hours of airtime, or more. He flies 80% of the time alone, with the exception of the two legged TEAM FlyLaSalina.com: Randolfo, Rebecca, Ramone and Raoul (Ravens), Helen the Hawk, and Igor the Vulture.
A few other statistics that BajaBrent has caculated, some scientifically, others by calculation, educated guess or guestimation. La Salina Ridge is 680 AGI. It is @ 1152 steps from the LZ to north launch. It is also @ a 1 mile hike. There are 16 right switches and 14 left switches. The “ying-yang” set of switchbacks are 1/2 way up. “Rest-rock” is 2/3s the way up.
Acknowleging “La Madonna De Valle Guadulupe” may seem an unecessary act of faith, but since BajaBrent has yet to suffer a serious accident, the ritual will continue. All of these “stats” equate to the following.
Bajabrent has hiked the ridge @ 1000 times (i.e. he has hiked 1000 miles up the same switchback). This would be the same as hiking from San Diego to Kansas City. However, since he carries his 50 lb glider pack each time, he has also carried 50,000 lbs up the ridge, which would be the same as carrying up the components of TWO Greyhound buses!