Some good winds between Christmas and New Year here in SEQ. Decided to dust the cobwebs off the buggy and get the bearings turning.
Running Sysmic 2 Buggy with Midi XL tyres.
Kite- Ozone Edge V8 with 24m lines.
Location - Skirmish Point Bribie Island (Beach)
Today, Extreme Kites releases a World Kite Records section that allows us to look at the past whilst stepping in to the future.
The new World Kiting Records section is fully uniform with drag & drop uploads for your GPS images and optional GPS data. It's fully searchable with a set of filters allowing you to really drill down in to the information that has set each record. You can filter to find out whom the fastest pilots in your country are, perhaps you want to know what the top speed set on a GT-Race buggy is? Even better, what about finding out the top speed set on Discs with a Peter Lynn Vapor? All of this and more is either possible today, or within the next month as more information gets added to the database.
Previously we've all been limited to records being maintained in Wiki's, Forum Threads and Personal Blogs. The one thing that all of these inherited was that they are all up to an individual to maintain whether it was here in our Community or elsewhere. Instead we've built a system so that there's a whole team from today and forever in to the future maintaining a database of peoples' personal achievements.
This is just the beginning, last year we went through a whole site redevelopment explaining after years we had to finally take two steps back to be able to move forwards and bring you the type of online experience we wanted. We did this by launching the new website, then following on with sections like Blogs, Reviews etc. The Kite Buggy Speed section is just the first, over the coming weeks we'll include more sections along with other kiting disciplines like Landboarding, Kiteboarding, Kite Skates and Snowkiting. We aim over time, as a team to build the most comprehensive, searchable database of World Kiting Records available.
Day 3 (21 April 2015) We awake to find ourselves out of the hills and in the vast barren Gobi desert. Headwinds at first so a few hours tacking upwind, the wind slowly changes to crosswind with 15 minute lulls. Stop for dinner in the small village of Arguut, Joe finds 4 ticks on himself and another biting me. Some quick research tells us there's one chance in 200 of catching lymes disease if bitten by ticks in infected areas with rodents, which we were and we had. We make another 20km before the wind dies at sunset, as it does most days. Distance traveled 75 km Total distance 224 km
Day 2 (20 April 2015) Very rough and steep terrain in the morning, the most challenging of the trip, highly variable wind. Joe's flying a 4.7m nasa and gets hit by a big gust while on top of a rocky hill, he's pulled out of his buggy and injures an ankle. I rip the wingtip off the 6m access when it catches a rock. The terrain changes constantly for the rest of the day, some fast grassy plains followed by a long rocky decent to a muddy river, we passed a coal mine and stop in a rough mining town for dinner, nice crosswind kiting to midnight. Distance traveled 115km Total distance 149km
the road ahead
Day 1 (19 April 2015) We walk out of Bayankhongor and kite a few kilometers down a riverbed until the wind changes to headwind. Its 10km to Olziit where our course changes to a crosswind direction so we use our motor/generator setup to motor 7km, it worked ok on flat sealed road, unfortunately the next sealed road is thousands of km's away. The rest of the is was difficult going through spectacular hilly terrain with big thorn bushes and bad wind, not the easiest conditions to get used to new kites but happy to be underway. Distance traveled 34km.
Day 0 (18 April 2015) We took a bus from the capital city of Ulaanbaatar to Bayankhongor, the city near where last years buggy trip finished. Assembled buggy's at bus station with lots of help from onlookers. started walking out of town around 8pm, almost made it but the classic Mongolian hospitality caught us, stayed the night with a local policeman and his family.