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 26 (14 May 2015) Wind arrives at 7 and we are cruising down a road under construction for 30km, then the road turns off towards another oil rig and the rest of the day is bumpy rutted tracks and extremely gusty cross upwind, we pick small kites to handle the gusts then cant move in the lulls, slow going and dangerous. we see a few foxes running around. Dinner is our standard meal of fried salami, cheese and mayonnaise on bread fried in butter, followed by a drink of hot seabuckthorn juice.
Distance traveled 130km Total distance 2048km
Day 25 (13 May 2015) We find the bank in the morning, its the smallest bank ive ever seen, half the town comes in to "help", we withdraw some tugrik, full or bags with food and head off. We still have 14 days left on our Mongolian visas and aren't sick of buggying yet, the problem is we are in the eastern tip of Mongolia and the prevailing wind is nor-west, all the borders crossings at this end don't accept foreign visas so the only option is trying to go back upwind. The nearest town is 300km upwind of us, its a long way when we can only carry 4 days worth of water, if we can make it there we can catch a bus somewhere. The wind is a howling northerly and the first 90 km of road is south, this is the first day of tail wind we have had since Mandalgovi 18 days ago. We fly back down the lake at 60+kph then head back out into the long grass, we see another old soviet military base but there's no roads leading to it. the road turns upwind and we crawl along until dark. we are now traveling down the route that we had originally planned but in the opposite direction. Distance traveled 107km Total distance 1918km
The green is where a fire has been through
Sheltering from an afternoon rain squall.
Day 24 (12 May 2015) We are awoken at 7 by two army guys on horses, they take our passports and disappear, we wash our clothes, fill our water bottles and swim in the lake, its about 3 degrees! Still no army guys so Joe buggys over to their base and retrieves our passports. The town of Halhgol is 27km away its not in the right direction but we need to find a bank and a shop. We are 15km short and the wind dies A fisherman on a motorbike stops and produces 2 bottles of orange juice out of his leather jacket, then a hip flask of vodka, then a bottle of vodka. Every time we finish something he has another full bottle in his jacket! We finish the vodka off under the burning sun and the wind returns he follows us for a while falling off allot. the bank is closed by the time we get to town, we stay with a family and eat our favorite meal of khuushuur, a deep fried pasty stuffed full of chunks of meat and animal fat. Distance traveled 27 km Total distance 1811 km.
Day 23 (11 May 2015) We make it to Buir lake mid morning, it looks like an ocean, we cant see the other side. A nice relaxing day cruising over smooth green grass beside the lake and meeting a few people, there's always people around when there's water nearby. We stop to watch a family erecting their gers, they give us a bowl and spoon and open the lid on a 60 litre container of yogurt. We eat lots of yogurt while they learn to fly our kites, fast learners. We keep going along the lake until the wind changes in the evening, another family invites us in for dinner, we give them a 2C solar light cap, we have bought some extra ones along to give to all the people who have helped us, an ideal gift for a nomadic animal herder living off the grid. The wind returns so we keep going to a small village at the top of the lake, there's no bank or food so we buggy down to the beach and camp under a tree. Distance traveled 78 km Total distance 1783 km
Day 22 (10 May 2015) No wind so we walk 15km to a military post with a small shop,were almost out of Mongolian tugrik but manage to use US dollars to buy half the food in the shop. The wind has picked up so we launch our kites and disappear over the horizon, its always good to kite out of a town, it answers some questions of the mob of following people. The wind gets better at night, good to be making some progress at last, we come across an oil rig at night, its not on our old maps, the nodding donkeys look spooky in the dark. We are in a maze of power lines with oil tanker trucks everywhere when our powerful bike lights ran out of batteries, for the last few days there hadn't been enough sun for our solar panel or tail wind for the regen braking. we keep going with our 2C solar lightcaps and fortunately miss all the power lines. Distance traveled 80 km Total distance 1705 km.
Day 21 (9 May 2015) No wind for most of the day, we walk and kite to a fork in the road, we hear there may be a military base with a small shop down one of the roads, dont know which road yet. 2 cold Mongolians on a motorbike stop at our camp and we gave them a hot cup of tea, this situation is usually round the other way. Today it was warm enough to take off our down jackets, we have been wearing every piece of clothing we have day and night for the last 10 days. Distance traveled 32 km Total distance 1625 km
Day 20 (8 May 2015) Unpredictable wind all day, no prevailing direction, Joe lifted out of his buggy by a dust devil, he releases the kite which then gets lifted up and lands 500m out in tick land, Joe dresses up in all his wet weather gear and wades out to retrieve it. Two army guys stop us to check our passports in the evening, I got pulled out of my buggy while demonstrating buggying, much to everyone's amusement, then the army guys had a try, to our amusement. We stay the night at their nearby base and filled up on some much needed food and water. We pass the unsupported kite buggy distance record today, 1570km set my Craig Hansen and myself last year, that trip was mostly in high mountainous terrain, difficult but very rewarding. Distance traveled 55 km Total distance 1593 km
Day 19 (7 May 2015) Im woken by a pack of dogs stealing my shoes from the vestibule of my tent, there was good wind from first light but as we are already freezing inside our tents and sleeping bags we wait until sunrise, our our original route was across the desert so we aren't well equipped for cold temperatures. The forecast shows 3 days of straight east headwinds coming up so we decide to hussle to our destination of Buir lake 400km away so we can use this unusual wind direction to get back. We are flying down twisty 4wd tracks and sealed roads, we've done over 100km by 10:30am we stop briefly in the small town of Endoerhoshuu for food and water, we didn't realize this was the last town on our route for over 300km. 50km later we pass the city of Choybalsan is on the opposite side of the river so we keep moving, there's lots of powerlines to negotiate and another old soviet ghost town, shortly after we start passing barbed wire and trenches, then a tank and some army guys, we turn back before the start shooting at us and tack our way around, its hard to do any sneaking when you are flying a brightly colored kite. The rest of the day is a rough corrugated road with long tick infested grass either side. Distance traveled 194 km Total distance 1537km
Day 18 (6 May 2015) No wind so walk to town for breakfast and supplies, Joes phone is missing, our phones are our only navigation aid and connection to the outside world so Joe backtracks to our campsite to look for it, no luck so he starts asking around town and miraculously tracks down the kid that pinched it out of his bag. This was the only dishonesty we encountered, Mongolians are generally very honest people. I say goodbye to the mob of lambs and goats that have been chewing everything on our buggys and we walk a few km out of town and camp, our first no wind day. Distance traveled 14 km Total distance 1343 km
Day 17 (5 May 2015) Kited to Javhlant for lunch, an annoying guy tries to guide us round town for money. We crossed the river and headed for the town of Tumentsogt, its 30km off our course but we have time and wind to spare. We soon found ourselves in a vast area of rolling hills and short green grass, we spent the afternoon hooning around and chasing deer, the wind is still cranking so we aim for the small town of Bayan 57km away, screaming down a wide dirt road until dark when the wind dies as it does most days, unfortunately 4km short of town. Distance traveled 121 km Total distance 1329 km
Day 16 (4 May 2015) Still northerly wind in the morning so we abandon our plans of going to Onon and head along the north side of the river. The wind is cross or cross upwind and steadily increasing, we start on 4 meter kites then 2.5 then 1.5, we hold onto the 1.5m kites as long as we can, both laughing at the huge amount of power these tiny 2 line kites were making, after hours of sliding sideways down an old road with huge muddy potholes we hve to change to our smallest 1 meter kites. Joe gets chased by a pack of dogs. The wind keeps getting stronger, colder and more upwind with low dark clouds, we shelter in our kites for a while and continued when the wind eases slightly. The sun drops into the small gap below the clouds and gives us a strange yellow light with black skies, sometimes I wish I had enough room and money and spare weight for a decent camera. We camp in a dry salt marsh at 11pm, the strong wind continues all night and all the next day. Distance traveled 83 km total distance 1207 km
Day 15 (3 May 2015) Leftover goats head for breakfast, warmed up by putting it in your tea, kited to city of Ondorhann through bumpy frozen swamp. Lunch, groceries and continue along north bank of Herlen river. We took a turnoff to go even further north to the Onon river, the birthplace of Chinggis Khann (Genghis Khan) but the persistent freezing northerly wind isn't helping. Distance traveled 56 km Total distance 1124 km
Day 14 (2 May 2015) Rain in the morning then good wind, we make 45km before it switches to a strong headwind with driving snow. We shelter in our tents until it clears in the evening then make a few more km before dark. We are invited into a ger for the night, it was going to be a very cold night so we gladly accepted, dinner is a goats head boiled on a dung fueled fire, we sleep on the floor with the children. Distance traveled 49 km Total distance 1068 km
Day 13 (1 May 2015) Gusty crosswind run to Darhan in the morning, the regenerative braking system is doing a good job of charging our batteries with excess kite power, we stop for lunch and groceries. Fast downwind run to Ulaan-ereg located on the Herlen river, stopped for dinner, luxury buggying today. Nice crosswind road through small hills in the evening, the sunset is spectacular as ever, we camp where road turned too far upwind. Distance traveled 120 km Total distance 1018 km
Day 11 (29 April 2015) We learn of an abandoned soviet mig base 10km upwind of us so we zig-zag our way over smooth green fields to the area and found a ghost town with soviet arches and mig statues, I triy to buggy on the runway but got told off. We have lunch in the ruins then use our trick of kiting upwind in both directions then looking at our GPS track on the map and seeing where we can get to with our best angle. The only option was Darhan, 90 km away cross/upwind with no roads. The next 60 km is a nightmare of dense tick infested 1m high grass and unpredictable wind, we are stopping every 30 minutes to stop, strip, remove ticks and continue, not much fun in these temperatures. There are big herds of native antelope wandering around this area. at some stage we lost sight of each other but we eventually found each other and camp beside a road. Distance traveled 84 km Total distance 898 km
Day 10 (28 April 2015) Good strong crosswind from 8, we stop in a rough town for lunch, 10 Mongolian pies each. I almost had a head on collision with a motorbike on the way into town. In the afternoon the dry brown surroundings we had been traveling through for the last 10 days gave way to short green grass. We walk through the town of Choir on the trans-mongolian railway and head north in the dark, lots of powerlines looming out of the dark, hard on the nerves. Distance traveled 182 km Total distance 813 km
Day 8 (26 April 2015) We awake to a sandstorm, it appears to be easing at 4pm so we leave town on 1.5m kites. After 10km the wind gets much stronger and sandier so we turn back, it gets even windier so change to 1m kites then 1m lines and return to the same spooky hotel. The storm howls all night, im glad we turned back. Distance traveled 19 km Total distance 592 km
Day 7 (25 April 2015) Good wind from 9am increasing all day. flying across vast featureless desert plains on small 2 line nasa kites, we pass through another ghost town beside an abandoned mine. The hot dry conditions and long distances between real towns are hard on our dwindling water supply. We arrive in the city of Mandalgovi in the afternoon, find a ghostly looking hotel and much needed shower. We decide we had seen enough of the Gobi desert and change our route further north to follow the Herlen river. Distance traveled 131 km Total distance 573 km
Day 6 (24 April 2015) Good wind all day but roads on the map are non existent, we spend most of the day bashing through thorn bushes and long grass. The only town on the map turned out to be a ghost town by an abandoned mine. We stop at a camel herders ger for a meal including camel yogurt which gives out digestive system a good fright, fortunately they filled up some of out water bottles. We found a good track through some foothills in the evening and camped in some old ruins.
Distance traveled 64 km Total distance 441 km
Day 5 (23 April 2015) Light southerly in the morning, nice crosswind run to Saikhaan-Oovo, I get chased by a big black dog, it gets to patting distance, fast dog. Followed by a heard of inquisitive horses, made another 23km out of town in light wind and slow terrain. Distance traveled 66 km Total distance 377km
Day 4 (22 April 2015) No wind until 1:30 then strong cross headwind. We stop in Hoolt for supplies and are mobbed by kids from the town school. The road out of town isn't in a favorable direction so we take a 80km shortcut towards the next town, Its risky getting a long way from roads when we are only carrying 3 days of water and can only travel 20km a day without wind. Great kiting into the night weaving through bushes in light wind with our surprisingly powerful high aspect 4m single skin kites. At 11pm the wind suddenly switches to a headwind freezing gale, after a minute of uncontrolled speed and some trying to go upwind on small nasas we shelter behind the buggy's until it eases then camp. Distance traveled 86 km Total distance 310 km
I tried to give out 2 Peter Lynn baby octopus kites...