Dave Turner and “The king Line”
Ozone Team Pilot, Dave Turner, Knows La Sierra like few people do. In 2014, Dave completed an 820 km traverse of the California Sierra, starting in Ventura at the Pacific Ocean and finishing north of Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He is also the only person to have ever crossed the Sierra, going from east to west in 2013 flying over Sequoia National Park.
Last Monday Dave added a new “insane” flight to his list of achievements in his beloved Sierra by flying 196 jaw dropping miles (316 km) from Walt’s Point to Lake Tahoe, what Dave would call “The King Line”. Dave has set (again) a new California distance record. In his own words:
“The flight was epic. I had been dreaming of this flight from Walt’s to Tahoe ever since I first started thermal flying, and I have always referred to this route as the ‘King Line’ of the West Coast. To fly the entire High Sierra in one go, south to north. It felt so good to finally nail it, but that doesn’t mean that it’s over- on a better day, one could fly from the far southern tip of the range all the way north past Reno to the terminus of the range, for the entire tick. Let’s see how far we can push it… BTW The Zeno crushed it, and was a breeze to handle in the rough air.
Big thanks to Jarred, Reid, and his girlfriend for coming to grab me from the landing, and taking me to their place for dinner and a bed. And a very special thanks to Tawny for coming to pick me up and bringing me all the way back home”
Congrats Dave for another unmatchable line and cheers from all the team at OZONE.