Lindsay (left) and Richard skying out over Salt Lick Point on a northwest day.
We've heard stories of the hangies flying out in front of Salt Lick Point, but to date no paragliders have ridge-soared there. That changed on a perfect spring day with northwest winds. Short tows from Old Bluff Rd. then a mad dash over power lines, railroad tracks, Bluff Rd. and a field to get to the shallow slope in front. Bench up and it was smooth sailing after that.
Lindsay, Richard, Chris and Grace all made it to the ridge. Lindsay got into a thermal triggering off the ridge, hit 4k and went XC.
MAR 18TH, 4:53PM
Richard McDermott: Big Headline! Toggle Monkeys Soar Salt Lick Point!
Chris Lee: Any of you crazy Monkeys still flying? Who had the best flight?
Richard McDermott: I had the most exciting. Grace's was the most adventurous. Lindsay's was the furthest and Captain's was the longest.
We are a group of paragliding pilots based in the St. Louis area.