Jeff Davies is an extremely motivated climber turned hang glider pilot that came out repeatedly from Durango, CO for the consistent training conditions at the Point. Out of 16 lessons and 6 total weekend trips, we only missed 1 day of training due to foul weather. The next few videos show his progression while learning how to fly.
Below is the video from a flight at the bottom of the training hill (south side) where he nails his first no step landing.
After practicing launching, landing, and turns, Jeff is now ready to launch off of the top of the South Side.
Below is his first flight off of the top of the south side training hill, about 300 vertical feet.
After a few flights off the top of the South Side, we are now ready to double the height: Jeff is now launching off of the 3/4 launch on the north side, approximately 600 feet vertical to the landing field below.
Now we are up at the top of the North Side with about 1000 feet of vertical to the landing field below. Jeff is now ready to soar, and will soon be moving on to his first solo mountain launch.
Jeff is now a rated pilot, has finished training, and is moving on to his first solo mountain launch, without his instructor!