Paragliding Demonstration and Meteorology Talk

CANCELLED/POSTPONED! 9-7-13 MESSAGE FROM OUR METEOROLOGIST GUEST SPEAKER AND PARAGLIDING INSTRUCTOR: Winds will be coming from an unfavorable direction(blowing from southeast to northwest) over the Franklin Mtns. for Hadley to launch Sunday. Winds from southwest to northeast, or from west to east are favorable for a safe launch and Paragliding flight from Agave hill. Thank you for your time and patience here.

When Sep 08, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Franklin Mountains State Park
Contact Name Adrianna Weickhardt
Contact Email
Contact Phone (915) 566-6441



IMPORTANT:  This event is inevitably dependent on the weather; please check the facebook page (Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park) and/or your email if you are on the list for updates.  If the event has to be cancelled/rescheduled, we will post the information on facebook.  Sometimes these decisions/changes occur the day of the event!

Must have reservation to participate.  Please call:  (915) 566-6441

Sunday, September 8 -  ($5.00 entrance fee)

Paragliding Demonstration – weather permitting

Meet at Tom Mays Unit at the West Cottonwood Springs Trailhead

•Start: 4:30 p.m.

•Length: 2 to 3 hours

•*Description: This special program is setup as a demonstration to provide visitors with an insight into the exhilarating and wonderful world of paragliding.  Many visitors to FMSP don’t know about this recreational activity available to them in our park - We will be joined by Hadley Robinson, operator of Southwest Airsports and El Paso Paragliding LLC. Hadley is USHPA & USPPA Certified Advanced and Tandem Instructor, Champion 2010 Spring Fling, La Belle, FL. USHPA Gold Safe Pilot Award.  Lance Tripoli , a meteorologist with NOAA, will also be providing a presentation on basic weather reading specific to our Southwest environment and will explain its importance to the sport of paragliding. 

Trail Difficulty:  We’ll start with a relatively short, yet somewhat challenging hike up to Agave Hill, then settle in for the demonstration. (No seating provided/plan accordingly - this is a demonstration, visitors will not be paragliding; rather, they will watch and learn all about this exciting sport and learn ways to get started!).

Bring:  Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, hiking stick, camera, binoculars, a map and dogs are welcome on leashes!

Driving Directions to Tom Mays Unit: From Westside from I-10, take exit #6 & travel east towards Mountains for 3.8 mi., pass park entrance on left, make u-turn, entrance on right.  From Eastside on Hwy 54, exit Transmountain Rd, travel west 7 miles over/thru the mountains, Park entrance on the right.

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