Porterville Paragliding Sites - Van Rhyn's Pass

DESCRIPTION: 350km North of Cape Town, the Van Rhyn’s Pass scribes a line up the plateau from the arid sandy plains below.  There is typically an inversion layer 350m above take off, although if you break through this there is fantastic cross country potential heading East across the plateau towards Calvinia.
WIND: W - SW (it is often Easterly though).
GPS: +- S31º22.378’ E19º00.992’.
LAUNCH: Below the road on the last bend in the pass.
ALTITUDE: 600m high (800m ASL), airspace ceiling at 2900m ASL.
RECORD: 26km E (Bestorius, March 98).  55km S winch (Stef Junker, May 04).  But I’m sure somebody else has gone further ...

Extract above with permission from Greg Hamerton.  For more information, refer to his Fresh Air Site Guide which can be bought in Porterville.

Did you know?

Paragliding Porterville - A landing Red Locust on the Porterville ridge.

The immature adult Red Locust is a brown colour which gets deeper and redder with age.

Swarms only fly during the day at temperatures above 26ºC but solitary locusts prefer to fly alone in the dark.

Swarms of Red Locusts rarely travel more than 20-30 kilometres in one day. Swarming females often lay eggs at night, their youngsters immediately capable of "hopping" hundreds of metres every day.

The last widespread plague occurred in Southern Africa from 1930-1944 when almost all of South Africa was invaded.

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