Pampoenfontein

Original content sourced from Greg Hamerton’s ‘Fresh Air Site Guide’, 5th edition, 2006.

BASIC + 2 / A

DESCRIPTION: Porterville Pampoenfontein is an alternative to Dasklip Pass and is higher and faces more directly into the prevailing thermic cross-wind, so it’s safer for xc pilots. The thermals are usually strong so you can get away quickly. There’s a big ridge close to launch.

WIND: W – SSW, thermic SE days GPS: S32o55.616’ E19o02.235’

LAUNCH: If the wind is straight, it’s best to launch from the carpark. Alternatively, there’s a wide ledge with netting below, easy for experienced pilots but a bit challenging for first-timers (cliff launch). There’s a good run-off here for hanggliders. There is a large amount of space in the surrounding fynbos as well. Toplanding is possible.

ALTITUDE: 800m (ASL), airspace ceiling at 2900m.
LANDING: Directly below launch is a field to the right of a square forest (Grootelsbos). Land either side of the gravel road coming in from Porterville, use the ladder or gate.

CAUTIONSin summer, experienced guidance is highly recommended. Midday thermals can become very strong, especially the house thermal to the left and right of takeoff. The rocks below the launch-site are gnarly – avoid fiddling in your harness and maintain good glider control until well clear of the ridge. In strong thermic conditions it is difficult to judge your launch timing due to the ledge which obscures your view – use an assistant if possible. Expect your glider to lift you as it bites into the wind.

DIRECTIONS: Continue on the road past Dasklip takeoff around the back. After +- 3km, turn right (uphill). The road climbs out to the front of the ridge.
CARETAKERS: the Carlssons (owners), Japie (manager), Cape Albatross Club, Glen.

PERMISSION: Site fee of R20 payable in site fee box. Sign the indemnity.

ACCOMODATION: Self-catering chalets available through Gemma Carlsson (082 564 5500, gemmac@mweb.co.za). Pilots who stay on the farm are not charged site fees.

INFO: Porterville information 022 931 3732

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