Familientreffen der Thompsons: Neuer Tandem Rekord in Colorado
Anfang September besuchte Bert, Peters Bruder, die Stadt. Es war ein strahlend schöner Tag in Colorado, und Peter war mit seinen Gedanken alles andere als am Boden. Anstatt seinen Bruder auf ein Bier mit in eine dortige Bar zu nehmen, bestellte Peter zwei Flaschen „Oxygen to-go“, und brach mit seinem Bruder auf, um in seiner Heimatstadt einen neuen Tandem Rekord aufzustellen. Peter selbst sagt dazu:
“On September 2nd, flying my Magnum2 38 with my brother Bert, we set a new Colorado tandem distance record. The flight lasted nearly four hours, had a maximum altitude of 5,452 meters (17,882 ft) and covered 109k of fantastic mountain terrain. Typically I fly XC solo, but this day was graced with the perfect setup and fantastic conditions. With my brother visiting from out of town and a great forecast I had a major dilemma; do I cancel my plans with this dear family member to selfishly solo fly (again) or do I spend the time with him on the ground? There was only one option that felt right and that was to take him flying with me. The issue here is that most people can’t handle such a big flight as a passenger; they get cold, nauseous, hypoxic and feel the intensity of the position. Along with this, the terrain where I fly is wild and at times roadless. I wanted to go big on this day and figured he would only last an hour or so, but he showed up in a big way and we went for it. Wrapped in as many layers of clothing as physically possible and with a big tank of supplemental oxygen we launched into perfect conditions with the local XC crew. This was one of the best decisions of my flying career. The flight went perfectly with lots of cloud hopping, a few low saves, a close encounter with a jet and fantastic terrain below. Bert was my hero on this flight and I was his; he never complained, didn’t get cold and even helped me out by flying the glider. It was fantastic to share this experience with him and way less lonely for me. The conversation ranged from “holy shit this is wild”, to thermal dynamics and flying theory, to “what kind of cheese do you like and remember that time when we were kids and you jumped off the roof”. We managed to fly over some of the largest mountains in Colorado and eventually turned around due to overdevelopment downwind. Flying the Magnum2 38 on this flight was perfect. The ease of handling and passive safety made the flying incredibly relaxing; the performance made the transitions easy. Staying high and in safe position was paramount. It was a dream come true and I couldn’t have done it without my big brother, Bert”
Peter Thompson hat neun Jahre lang in Colorado gelebt, in denen er etliche markante XC Marken in den Bergen um seine Heimatstadt herum gesetzt hat. Pete hat sich auf XC Coaching spezialisiert, das er sowohl in Colorado als auch im Ausland anbietet.
Den Tracklog von Pete und Bert kannst du dir hier ansehen.
Gratulation und ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.