Our Morocco trip saw the end of our 2015 season and it proved to be a great way to finish things up with 14 days flying in a row. For British pilots it is very hard to find anywhere to fly in the Northern hemisphere at this time of the year let alone doing it in shorts and t-shirt, but Morocco ticks so many boxes. Not only does it have good weather during the UK winter months, it is also a great place to practice the basic skills of paragliding, which we all need to brush up on every now and then.
We had lots of familiar faces on the trip, which was great and having limited the group size to six Akis and I had plenty of time to work closely with each pilot to help improve their piloting skills. Over two weeks, our two groups had fun ridge soaring in a beautiful landscape whilst practice their thermalling, take offs and top landings. We had climbs of up to 1900m and although it became more stable during our second week we still flew every day in temperatures of 25 degrees.
We also had the opportunity to do things a little differently on this trip as our accommodation was on a full board basis and located on top of take off. With everything just a short walk away from our rooms, there were no long van rides or retrieves during the day and people were free to fly, eat, get up or head to bed whenever they wanted.
That’s not to say we didn’t get out and explore as well. It would be rude to go all that way and just stay on the house ridge. Close by there is Legzira an 800m mountain with a beach landing next to large stone arches, ideal for a post flight dip in the sea and a sunset beer. There is also Mirleft and Tiznit two traditional local towns with flying sites that offer a real taste of Morocco and North African culture.
Thank you to Graham, Tony, Francis, Rob, Seb, Glen, Graeme, Neil, Ed, Jenny, George and Stephen for finishing off our season in style :)