Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sendero Introduction and Rules

  You love to fly, I love to fly.  So, how about a little wager, you put in a bet and so will I.  And then we'll all get together and party at the end for the people that win the bets.  So read on, and, if you have questions email southwestbackcountry at g mail dot com.

Sendero Spring Open 
Informal Paragliding Comp
May 4th to June 9th, 2019.
Max Participants: 40
Comp Area: Basically NM, Southwestern CO, and a bit of Utah
Comp closing Location: TBA, flights from the closing location are not required.
Sign up with the form at the bottom of this page.
This is a 5 week long informal Paragliding XC Contest loosely based on the Intermountain Wide Open that Nate Scales does. The area for the meet will be ALL of the possible launches contained within the attached mapped area. Pilots fly on their own, doing flights individually with no event held until the end of the month.  New Mexico, Southwest Colorado, and a small bit of Southeastern Utah are included. You fly as many times as you like during the Sendero dates.  
Then you must choose 4 footlaunch flights from 3 different launches within those dates. Launches must be a minimum of 2 mile apart to count as different launches (Crest and Peak in the Sandias are considered 1 launch).
You will have the option to footlaunch anywhere within the Sendero area. Only your launch needs to be within the area of the contest. Launches must be on legal launch areas, and launches must be on land available to all pilots. 
Scoring: You signup for and upload your flights to XContest. (Ensure you sign up for the American contest and the category of wing you will participate with). Your score will be your best 4 scored flights within the time period in (make sure you understand how XContest works, you get a bonus for a flat triangle, and an even bigger bonus for an FAI triangle. Pilot’s scores will be their TOTAL XContest points for the 4 chosen flights flown during the dates of May 4th – Jun 8th .  Sunday June 9th is the wrap up with no official flying, and ceremony in the morning... On Thursday June 6th the task committee will look at the weather and decide the best place for everyone to get together the last weekend of the contest, June 8th-9th, so we can fly with our buddies and have the Awards ceremony.  This will likely be held north of Albuquerque.  Again, the last day to upload a flight is June 8th. Ceremony will be late morning of June 9th.
You can organize individually or in groups to fly the possible sites.

All DECLARED flights will receive 10% point addition, and should be declared on the Sendero Groupme app prior to the beginning of the flight, For questions about Declared flights, see  UK XC league’s Rules here  (at )
3 sites, 4 flights, 5 weeks
This is an unofficial contest of flying friends and we’ll cut off participants at 50 pilots.  Ante-ins are unofficial gifts to the organizer for the fun of it. You may not see the money again, and this is likely a waste of your time and money. But you can’t help it, because it’s your flying buddies.
Ante-in $40 (see **footnote)
Ante-in must be received prior to April 26th to be considered for a prize
What your ante-in gets you:
A chance win money for doing what you love, and to be a part of a BIG Southwest oriented informal contest. Most of the cash will be returned to the pilots in the form of prize money.  (some of the remainder may go toward a porta john, depending on the location of the closing weekend)
Note that A, B, and C wings get more cash prizes!
Sendero Contest Classes & Prizes (redistributed to other categories if no one entered a particular class).

Banditos EN D/CCC/Open
1st place Banditos 10% of Ante-ups

 Pistoleros EN C
1st place Pistoleros class 15% of Ante-ups
2nd place Pistoleros class 10% of Ante-ups

Pistolitos EN AB (includes high B)
1st place Pistolitos 5% of Ante-ups
2nd place Pistolitos 5% of Ante-ups
3rd place Pistolitos class 5% of Ante-ups

Highest scoring Flight:
1st El Jefe:  Highest score of the contest (ie; biggest flight) 10% of Ante-ups

Duo Teams: 
Duo members do not need to fly together to win the team class.  Duos just add together the individual member scores of  members top two flights.  Teams need to be declared prior to April 26th, 2019 upon sign up.
Winners Bandito Duo Class    5% of Ante-ups
Winners Pistolero Duo Class  5% of Ante-ups
Winners Pistolito Duo Class   5% of Ante-ups
Raffle to one pilot in attendance for the final awards ceremony. (it’s better to be lucky than good) 10% of Ante-ups
As you can see the more of our friends show, the more we give our friends that win.
Retrieve is not provided, that is part of the fun/skill of xc flying.
Ante-in will begin April 1st, 2019 and ends April 26th, an email will be sent out with the paypal to send ante-ins to.
The final weekend will be basic. Nothing will really be provided except location directions, task committee oversight, and the cash prizes. The event is an informal gathering but bring what you like.  There may be possible portapotties, we’ll see.
Camping, shelter, lodging, food, water, transport, first aid, toilets, etc, for the final weekend gathering are your responsibility. The final location may be a hike and fly location, although an attempt will be made to make it vehicle accessible. 
The Sendero Open is non-sponsored and not official in any way.  You need to show up to the final gathering to receive winnings, winnings will be transferred to next highest winner present.  The exception to this is Xalps participants can fly the Sendero area, and not be at the closing event and still win...

This is a great excuse to take a week off work or go big on weekends and come fly with your buddies, plus you stand a chance to win a little cash! So, spread the word, and let’s see what is possible in the Sendero Open area.
Sendero Launch Area Map (view southward): All of NM, CO from I-25 west and Hwy5o south, UT, LaSals to Abajos to 4 corners.

Signing up:
You can reserve a spot in the Sendero Spring Open at any time.  Read the rest of this, then  find the link to the sign-up form at the bottom of this initial blog post to sign up...   Include your name, team name if applicable, Contest class, email, and hometown.  Hometowns will be considered as part of our determination for a final weekend flying location.

But first, 
Discussion, Flight Declarations, Scheduling, and the closing weekend information will be done through a smart phone app. Called Groupme.  The Google play store or Apple store should have it.  Download it onto your smart phone, and you will receive an activation email with the groupme forum link in it.

If you have questions, email Dan:     southwestbackcountry at g mail dot com

I'm looking forward to seeing how this shapes up.  Let's create a great event and have some fun flying our asses off.

Look for more posts here or on the Groupme app.

Let's Send it!! --Dan Shorb


Sendero Introduction and Rules

  You love to fly, I love to fly.  So, how about a little wager, you put in a bet and so will I.  And then we'll all get togethe...