Welcome to British Columbia's Kootenay Region and the
Acrophobia Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club
Revised Jan 30th 2013
Our BCHPA Regional Director for the and South East and Northern BC is
Brett Yeates. Email: Brett_Yeates@REMOVE_THISmail2Canada.com 250-421-0670
HPAC Insured Pilots
means "fear of heights" and what an appropriate name!
With altitude records of 15,700' ASL and single thermal climb out records of 9,000' feet,
this is a dynamic flying area with some of the most spectacular mountains, valleys, lakes, parks and hotsprings on this lovely earth we call home.
Find us on a map: here.
Come visit us soon. We promise you one of the best family orientated holidays of your life.
Note that a good 4WD vehicle is required at most of our flying sites. If in doubt, check the Site Guide and / or contact the locals.
Kootenay Paragliding - Instructor Email: Jason Leus
7007 2nd Avenue. PO Box 196, Ymir, BC. V0G 2K0 - Ph: 250-357-2490
Kootenay Paragliding is pleased to offer tandem flights, instruction, and guiding/logistics for individuals or groups wanting to fly the Kootenays.
Located in the town of Ymir, BC. Mt. Dundee experiences consistently good thermic and ridge soaring conditions throughout the spring, summer and fall.
|The West Kootenays is an area of mountain
ranges and lakes that offers many and varied flying
(Arrow, Duncan. Kootenay and Slocan Lakes being the largest)
90% of the flying is thermal with cloud base usually in the 10 - 12,000' range.
A high percentage of soarable days, good altitude gains and scenery combine to provide some nice flying in this area.
The many different sites and spectacular scenery do make for the most pleasant flying get-away imaginable.
For a good example, check out these Mt Thompson Videos: Part 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=6dWUytnjfek
and Part 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=HPP91cnkLbU
Plan your cross country flying in the Kootenays with Tom Payne's magnificent app: XC Planner
Information for visiting pilots:Camping, Fishing, Boating, Canoeing and Hiking et cetera in this area is world class - for those days when you want to give your wing a rest.
(If there are such days.)
With the exception
of Kootenay Lake and Creston Valley, the area does
not have a long straight valley like the East
Kootenay's with it's Rocky Mountain Trench.
Information Re: access via Logging Roads in the Kootenays.
The name of a logging road and the radio frequency used on it is posted at the beginning of that road: don't miss the sign!
Kilometer markers are posted on trees at the
side of the road.
The correct radio call-out follows a common formula:
Name of road, kilometer marker, and "up" or "down" depending on if the kilometer marker numbers are counting "up" (1, 2, 3) or "down" (3, 2, 1).
Example: "Porcupine Road - 3k - up" (I'm on
Porcupine Road at kilometer 3 and heading to kilometer
It is our experience that logging truckers