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Worlds Day 11: Backpain and More Backwind

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Yesterday on the hike up to launch from the top of the chair I hurt my back, a sciatic nerve pinch that I have had a couple of times before. Waking up this morning I was in agony and am now on painkillers in order to have some degree of comfort. So for me the forecast of stronger north wind was not too much of a blow to take today.

After nearly twenty four hours notice of a complaint and an email from Niviuk, the organisers have decided to check all the Icepeak 6’s in the top 75 to make sure the risers comply with certification. I am really not sure of the reasoning here, to catch the stupid? I mean, if you had non certified risers on your glider, 24 hours notice, less 20 min changing time, it still gives you 23:40 free time. Gareth informed us that even though they were checking risers, they didn’t actually know what they were looking for. What is the point of having rules like this if they are not enforced effectively?

It is hot here, windy in the valley, base is incredibly high. The other guys have gone up to Beklemeto Pass where they might get a fly. I am lying in bed in pain, wishing I was in my own (non existent) bed in my own (non existent) home. Word on the street is there is not much chance to fly a task tomorrow.