Good afternoon Dennis,
The main points to flying out here is to do it early in the morning, don't
do it when there are winds greater than 20 knots on the windward side of the
mountain and always cross the pass (with plenty of spare altitude) at a 45
degree angle. If you happen to be flying in the mountains rather than over
them, fly with one wing right up to the rocks rather than down the middle of
the canyon(twice as much room to turn around and if you get a downdraft, you
know there will be an updraft on the other side). If you know the wind
direction, you can mentally draw a line following the slope of the ridge and
that will be where the updrafts are. Finally, always know where you are and
have a way out. Flying in our Rocky Mountains is a lot more fun than flying
over them.
John

-----Original Message-----
From: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com [mailto:musketeermail@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Dennis McGoldrick
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 12:16 PM
To: musketeermail@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [musketeermail] Digest Number 1506


The Cessna driver who hit the Continental Divide
wasn't very smart. Four cross country trips in my
mouse from LA to PHL and or OSH taught me a simple
lesson.

Just do like the wagon trains and take the Oregon
Trial (I80), or the Santa Fe Trail (I10). You miss
all the high stuff. If the density altitude is really
high when passing ABQ, just stay a little north over
Santa Fe, you'll see the railroad tracks from the
Santa Fe Railroad, they don't go much higher than
8000'. I80 tops at about 8000' also. I70 requires
going over Vail pass, over 11,000', so I havn't gone
that way, though our A23-24 can usually get to 12,500
and still climb 100'/min, why go the hard way?

Remember IFR can more easily mean "I follow roads".

Same to Oregon, Idaho, almost whereever, there are low
passes with roads. All my instructors required 1500
ft mininum clearnance for any ridge. I like 2000 ft.

dennis
3691q
a23-24

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