[HD Video] Gliders Playing Below Rim of Kolob Canyon, Utah

Gliding Kolob CanyonThis is the second of two videos I made shot over two days of soaring a few weeks ago. Launching from Hurricane, Utah a few high performance sailplanes explored the low altitude soaring potential of several southern Utah parks and landmarks. This video shows us enjoying the amazing red rock cliffs and deep gulleys of Kolob Canyon below the rim.

Many glider pilots have seen this amazing scenery while flying south out of Parowan but they are usually at 10,000+ feet above the terrain in this area trying to stay high and go fast on a long task. Normally, if you get low in this region you can quickly find yourself in big trouble. But with Hurricane airport being both downhill from Kolob and also within final glide of the rim of the canyon we had the rare opportunity of relaxing and enjoying flying low next to such mind boggling terrain with no other purpose than just to be there and enjoy the ride without worrying about making turn points or our average speeds. It was pure sightseeing from the advantage of the air.

This casual raw footage video is meant to be watched kicked back to enjoy the incredible scenery and potential for flying low over the rugged unforgiving desert. Sorry for the shaky hand holding of the camera (GoPro Hero2) but it does help you to get a sense of just how special flying over this area of the world really was. Hope you enjoy. Bruno – B4

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