Inland hill W-WNW
250m agl, 1739' / 530m amsl HG Advanced; PG5
Near Maldon, 120km NW of Melbourne.

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Mt Tarrengower

Takes a W to WNW, even NW if light, but NW starts generating rotor from the hill off to the NW. North is definitely dangerous. The landing will be leeside of the hill in NW-erlies and beyond. WSW should be possible with sun on the face. Is often not on. Mostly even with a west forecast, some local effect seems to make the wind come from more SW direction (quite crossed from the left), so a NW forecast may work better. The sealed road top to bottom is 5-10 minutes tops - there is a little gravel section from the main road to the landing area.


Slot launch. No problem for HG but for PG the following paragraph applies:

PG launch considerations

For PG, the takeoff is quite tricky as far as deployment, launch and conditions assessment. The area for laying out the glider and deploying is rather short, and also has trees quite close on both sides. The highest aspect designs of today may not even fit - if launching a higher aspect glider expect the wingtips to brush the trees surrounding the slot. At the end of the short runnable deployment area, the ground becomes quite rocky (as in, ankle breaking roughness) and suddenly drops steeply for a few meters, before flattening out to the rather flat glide angle out to the bombout. The takeoff run is very short, so nil wind launching leaves very little time to check the glider. The width of the slot is the main issue.

There is a photo of launch here.


The landing area is big and very easy, a big open paddock on the other side of Mt Back Road. The landowner is friendly and cooperative.


In good conditions, glide out is apparently easy on single-surface HG and modern paragliders. Bombout is straight out from launch though, so with a wind blowing in the correct direction for launching, this is headwind. In non-ideal conditions, you may find yourself low. The glide angle is similar to Mt Broughton, but with a much smaller top to bottom of about 200m vertical, so one sink cycle has you immediately contemplating "emergency bombouts", which are a couple of sketchy little clearings among the trees either in front or to the left and below launch.

A low ridge a little to the right can give some minor rotor (but also thermal lift).