Kobau Mt. (Osoyoos) - Updated Jan 30 2013

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Kobau Mt. (Osoyoos) - Updated Jan 30 2013

Postby siteguide » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:32 pm

Site Name: Kobau - SOAR Website: http://www.members.shaw.ca/soffa/
Several launches Closed due to Southern Interior Grasslands Provincial Park rules.

Cornwall Hills Provincial Park is precedence setting for our sport and flying in Provincial Parks. See: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explor ... all_hills/

http://www.members.shaw.ca/soffa/Tour/i ... aunchs.jpg

Site Suitable For: PG & HG . . . . . . . . . . . . . Direction of Launch: Lower: S, E - Upper: SE, W, SW
Type of Site: Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type of flying: Thermal
Elevation Lower S. Launch 3840' asl . . . . . . LZ 2370' asl GPS: Lower S: N 49 05 21.0 W 119 37 49.6
Elevation Upper S. Launch 6000' asl . . . . . . LZ 1100' asl GPS: Upper S: N 49 06 38.8 N 119 40 03.9
Elevation Upper E. Launch 5810' asl. . . . . . . LZ 910' asl. GPS: Upper E: N 49 07 18.0 W 119 40 14.5
Elevation Upper W. Launch 6100' asl . . . . . . LZ 1100' asl GPS: Upper W: N 49 06 52.0 W 119 40 36.1
Site Regulation: BC Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross Country potential: Excellent triangles and O&R.
Location: Between Oliver and Osoyoos, South Okanagan Valley BC.
- Access road between Osoyoos and Keremeous

Ratings Recommendations:
Mild conditions: Nov. Int . . . . . Moderate conditions: Int . . . . . Strong conditions: Int. & Adv.

Flying season: Assign value 0 1 2 3. or 4 (4 Highest):
Spring: 3 . . . . Summer: 4 . . . . Fall: 4 . . . . Winter: 1 (Lower launch)

Vehicle Requirements: 2WD - good road but good tires are recommended and carry a spare. (Sharp shale stones - flat tires are a common experience.)

Description of launch:
Excellent grassy slopes. Great HG tandem site. The upper SE and E launch is an excellent early morning site,
but the glide out is lengthy, you are launching at the center top of a long wide ravine and rotor and
venturi effects can be troublesome, several pilots both HG and PG have been forced down on the slopes of the ravine.

Launch Road Name & Directions:
Kobau Lookout Rd. turnoff is 11 km west of Osoyoos on the road to Keremeos.
a) LOWER LAUNCH at 3650' (south facing) is 7.7 km up on the road look for a cut bank and hike up 20' to launch
b) The south 6000' launch is a 1 km hike up to the Lookout Tower from the first parking lot at the top.
It is very rocky and not used much as you can get up on a south wind from lower launch.
c) South East Launch at 5810' is the main launch and a great morning site.
Turn right at the Kobau look out parking lot / forestry campground. 100m past the lake, turn right onto the circle road into launch.
Don't drive on the Alpine Meadows.Walk down to the launches. The HG launch is obvious - over an old road cut.
The other PG / HG launch (best) is 50m north through a small grove of trees.
d) There is a HG / PG South West launch at 5700' turn right at the parking lot and turn left up to the tower.
- a 2 minute hike down to the knob NW of the Tower.
e) West HG Launch at 5900' same access as above is 100 feet due west of the Tower above the road cut in sage brush.
f) A 2 km hike out the west ridge plateau leads to a large PG launch at 5000's
- The bomb out LZ for these westerly launches is at the Nighthawk Station road turnoff (heading south to the old US customs office).
g) A several Km hike and or drive to the north along the east ridge leads to another easterly grassy slope PG launch,
not in the park, overlooking the Oliver-Cawston Rd. See Photo Below

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: http://www3.telus.net/cschwab/viewer/ca ... space.html

The conditions can be strong from April till September, getting mild but still nice thermals in mid October.
When valley wind get strong then beginners stick to mornings and evenings and go groundhandling.

Times to Fly - lower launch: all day,
Upper East Launch: Excellent early morning to mid afternoon.
W / SW upper launches are only used if unpleasantly surprised by winds at the east launch.

The 30th annual Mt. Kobau Star Party will begin at dusk August 03, 2013 and will end at dawn August 11, 2013

Description of LZ: DO NOT land in crops.
a) Oliver Airport Important: HG & PG set up on the West side of the airport and land on the grass strip south of the airport.
Planes set up on the East and land on the runway. HG & PG pilots must look out for other aircraft.
Below 2000' agl, stay on the West Side of the runway. DO NOT CROSS TO THE EAST SIDE OF THE RUNWAY.
b) There is a bomb out LZ directly below the SE launch. If you are going to land there get permission first.
Best to use the large fields north of Osoyoos Lake, south of Deadman's Lake (? it's more of a pond) alongside the highway.
c) Lower South launch: Land beside the corral at 2250' the Kobau Lookout Rd. turnoff.
GPS: N 4905 276 W 119 36 070 Embankments cause turbulence in winds.
NOTE: Stop and assess the LZ as new Fences have drastically cut down the field size, though you can still land along the dirt road.
d) Alternate LZ's at the N end of Osoyoos Lake (miles long and wide)
e) for the west launch in a scrub field at the road turnoff for the Nighthawk border crossing station.

Other Information: Class E Airspace above 2200' AGL.
FIC Advanced Weather Briefing and HAGAR Notification:
1-866-WXBRIEF (1-866-992-7433) French service: 1-866-GOMETEO (1-866-466-3836)

Radio Frequency: 123.4 Mhz (Aircraft) & 173.640 Mhz, Family Radio Band, Local Club: 146.415

You can camp on launch at the summit of Kobau, but be aware that at 6000' nights can get very cold even in the middle of summer
- and there is no water there, so pack your own.

Do no fly below 1500' AGL over the Radio Telescope facility.

Site Record(s): Altitude Gain: to 14,500' ASL . . . . .Out & Return: Hedley
Duration: . . . . . Open Distance: . . . . . Dog Leg: . . . . . Triangle: . . . . . Race to Goal:

Primary Contacts:
HG: Peter Ehlers Tel: 250-496-5927 Cell: 250-462-0794 pedro158@REMOVE.THISyahoo.com
HG: Ron Azyan (Osoyoos) 250-495-6722 Cell: 250-535-0241
HG: Peter Rasmussen 250-485-4044 Cell: 250-462-4270 pecosurf@REMOVE_THIShotmail.com
HG: Jeff Cooke Tel: 250-809-8836
PG: Sean Dougherty Tel: 250-497-6003 Cell: 250-286-0753 sean.dougherty@REMOVE_THISnrc.ca
PG: Russ Klatt Tel: 250-498-9425 rjklatt@REMOVE.THISftcnet.com
PG: Jim Ongena Tel: 250-486-7166 Cell: 250-486-7166 jim@REMOVE.THIScorporateheights.ca

- Revised: May 2009

Photo: The lower south launch at Kobau, overlooking Hwy 3 and Osoyoos Lake just beyond the far ridge
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