Porterville Paragliding Sites - Dasklip Pass

Porterville Paragliding - View from Dasklip PassView from Dasklip Pass  Take-Off.

SITE NAME: Dasklip
DESCRIPTION: Hardy scrub covers the dry and rocky Olifantsriver mountain range.

SAHPA GRADING: PG (BASIC + 2); HG (S).
WIND: NW - WSW
GPS: +- S32º54.307’ E19º02.301’.
ALTITUDE: 700m AMSL.
AIRSPACE:
Langebaanweg clearance required.

- Ceiling: FACT UTA B; Class C; FL195/FL145.
- Nearby:
  - 5km West: FAR45A - FL195/FL1500AGL.
  - 20 km South; FACT TMA E; Class C - FL145/FL085.
LAUNCH: At the top of Dasklip Pass is a hang-glider ramp and a cut-away for turning your vehicle. The launch is just above the road.
LANDING:
- The field below take off, on the other side of the road.
- The farm below and to the right of take off is not PG friendly. Avoid Landing there.
CAUTIONS:
- Dasklip goes cross and strong early. Launching under those conditions is the number one cause of injury in and around Porterville.
- Pampoenfontein is the safer launch.
- In summer, experienced guidance is highly recommended.
- It is not a beginner site.
DIRECTIONS:
- Drive North out of town.
- Turn right onto the dirt road sign posted "Dasklip Pass" after about 5km.
- Drive up the pass and park at the top.
- Walk up the dirt track to take-off.
CARE TAKER: Flyers Lodge
SITE RULES: Site Rules by Land Owner
PERMISSION:
Sign in AND out.
SITE FEES: R50-00 per pilot.
RECORDS:
- PG 151.4km N (Simon Green, Dec 99).
- HG 203km N (Huw Williams, Dec 84).
FLIGHTS: Leonardo Filter

  

The information above was adapted from the "Fresh Air Site Guide" with permission from the author, Greg Hamerton. The Fresh Air Site Guide can be bought in Porterville.

Porterville Paragliding - An evening flight from Dasklip Pass.Porterville paragliding before sunset from Dasklip Pass.

Did you know?

Paragliding Porterville - Male Malachite Sunbird during breeding season.

Malachite Sunbirds are found in hilly fynbos including protea stands which makes Porterville an ideal habitat for them.

The species is monogamous and the adult male is a beautiful metallic green when breeding and also has an elaborate display flight. He is hardly present during this time, only occasionally bringing food to the female or chick.

The female has brown upper parts with some indistinct streaking on the breast

Sunbirds have long thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues for feeding mainly on nectar.


 

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