Raul Penso summits “El Pico Bolivar”.
Ozone team pilot, Raúl Penso, soared beyond the summit of the highest mountain in Venezuela, El Pico Bolivar.
Raul grew up in a small town in the Venezuelan Andes, at the base of this massive mountain. Since the beginning he had dreamed of reaching the summit of El Bolivar by air, and after more than two decades of flying in his beautiful hometown, Merida, he has made his dream come true.
In his words:
“It took me almost two hours to reach the summit of “El Bolivar” after taking off from Loma de Los Angeles. The flight wasn’t easy in the beginning, the thermals were quite weak. Once I reached “El Paramo”, I was able to fly through out the inversion finding strong cores that allowed me to climb up and reach the sunny face of El Bolivar. From there I jumped to its south face where I ran into the meteorological wind from the flatlands which helped me to reach an altitude of 5.143 AMSL and fly comfortably above the highest summit of Venezuela.
It was a special moment, after 23 years waiting for this opportunity… the only thing I was able to yell to the air was: INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!
How beautiful is my Merida and my Venezuela”
Raul is the first pilot to reach, and fly above, the highest summit in Venezuela, El Pico Bolivar (4978 m). He was flying his Enzo 3.
Congrats and cheers from all the Ozone Team!