The Free State is situated on the flat boundless plains in the heart of South Africa. Known locally as the "breadbasket" of South Africa, it is an agricultural city and most of its land lies at 1000 m/3281 ft above sea level. It is the land of rugby, sunny skies and characterized by a continental climate, with warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters.
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Hang Gliding in Chelan Butte Launch, Wenatchee, Washington USA
Chelan Butte Launch is located close to Chelan Lake, at about forty minutes away from Wenathee. This spot is known world wide for it’s premier thermal winds and the long distance potential. This is the location where National and International Hang Gliding World Cups take place.
The best flying season is during Spring, Fall and Summer where katabatic flow funnels come out of the Cascade Mountains and down to Lake Chelan. The launch site elevation is at 3300 ft/1005 m and the LZ elevation is at 600 ft/182 m. Chelan Butte is suitable for all skill levels hang gliders. However, during summer, the mid day thermals are suitable for experienced pilots only.
You will fly over Columbia River and Lake Chelan, where a big flat section of land with soft soil, provides with perfect landing conditions. The views from up there are magnificent and you can climb up to 1000 to 1500 ft/304 to 457 m per minute in a good day. Hang Gliders should be careful of dust devils on launch area.
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