Grace took an early sled ride to get her feet wet then on the second launch, went right into a lift cycle and shot the gap to get on the main ridge. She made a few passes good for 15 minutes before the wind started dying out and she landed in the valley.
Taylor also had a sled ride on the first launch but likewise shot skyward on his second flight. He made the long run down the ridge but lost the lift after the turn, earning a muddy walk back.
We are a group of paragliding pilots based in the St. Louis area.