Barn Hill (The Bluff)
|Conditions||Main ridge SW-SE, small W face. Best ridge lift in due S. Best wind direction for XC ~ SSW.|
|Height||1100' / 335m asl, 550ft / 168m agl|
|Rating||PG2/ HG Supervised|
Entrance from 716 Ingram Gap Road, (past farmhouse 'Mingbinna').
Takeoff is private property, before your first fly here you must contact SAHPGA for protocols.
Rounded ridge top hill. Negligible rotors. Excellent ridge soaring and thermalling. Consistent evening happy hour. Clear over the back - good XC site. Consistently flyable in spring/summer.
Rounded, clear, small rocks, easy take off on most of length of ridge. S-facing bowl (E side of tower), SE-facing ridge in front of tower; S-facing steep ridge S of tower & W-facing ridge ~ 500m W of tower. Large flat top landing behind southerly bowl. Smaller areas elsewhere. Rocky take off, watch your PG lines.
Large paddocks for bottom landing approx 1.5 km long to S, SW & W of hill, but do not land in crops. Beware: most paddocks close to the hill slope away from it.
Hazards / Comments
Power line to relay tower through western gully. Rocks in restricted top landing on western end. Bottom landing paddocks slope gently away from hill causing landing glides in ground effect. Katabatic flow at the end of happy hour. Don't land, pack-up or drive in crop paddocks. Speed limit near homestead 15kph. First arrival obtains permission. Whoever opens the gate shuts it!