Anarchist (Osoyoos) - UPDATED Aug 15th 2015

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Anarchist (Osoyoos) - UPDATED Aug 15th 2015

Postby siteguide » Tue Oct 23, 2007 8:39 pm

Site Name: Anarchist - UPDATED Aug 12th 2015 - SOAR Website:

One of the best soaring and XC sites in the area. Magnificent evening glassoffs

All pilots wishing to fly Anarchist must sign a waiver at the Desert Cultural Center
and must, upon signing in, prove that they hold current HPAC Insurance.

Anyone who has not flown this site and does not have an arrangement with the band to land on their property, must get in touch with Pete Rasmussen first prior to landing there.
See Peter's contact information below. - "Of course, anyone can fly there if they can land elsewhere."

Direction of Launch: SW. . . . . . . . . . . . . Site Suitable For: PG & HG
Type of Site: Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Type of Flying: Thermal., Ridge, Glass off
Elevation Launch: 4200' asl . . . . . . . . . . GPS: 49° 2'21.71"N 119°23'51.75"W
Elevation LZ: 910' asl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . GPS: N 49°02'34" W 119°26'35.00"
Cross Country Potential: Excellent . . . . . Rated: PG: Int. HG: Int.
Location: Osoyoos BC, Sth Okanagan Valley - at the summit of the hill heading East out of town.
Site Regulation: SOAR

Ratings Recommendations:
Mild Conditions: PG: Nov HG: Nov . . . . Moderate conditions: PG: Int, HG: Int. . . . . Strong Conditions: Adv. HG/PG

Flying Season: Assign value 0 1 2 3, or 4 (Best is 4)
Spring: 4 . . . . . Summer: 2 . . . . .Fall: 2 . . . . .Winter: 1+ ... 560_64.gif
Vehicle Requirements: Rugged 2WD.

Description of Launch:
A small crude grassy slope over a rock bluff. A short steep 150' hike in up a 40° slope.
Great HG and PG site. Great Scenery.

HG'er Pro Tips:
If it's even hinting at east cross, start your launch run a little lower down the slope than the usual spot (but still pick a straight cycle!)

PG'er Pro Tips:
There are certain conditions that exist on launch that can make for hazardous and sketchy takeoffs for paragliders due to the short runway with its cliff in front. On any given day that is slightly thermic, you can expect a strong vertical component which will have your wing shooting forward with enough force and suddenness as to catch the unaware pilot by surprise and possibly with a frontal collapse just as he or she is reaching the edge of the cliff.

On thermic days, even in what appears to be a light cycle, you need to be prepared to break hard, if the vertical lift is strong
Always pull up in these conditions with the expectation that there will be strong vertical lift. Never rush in these conditions, pull the wing up with the main focus being on not letting the wing get ahead of you and having control of the forward movement before committing to turning around and running off.
Main thing here I would like to re emphasize is to the newer pilot, be aware of this site in any thermic conditions.
You will have to be quick in your reactions

Launch Road Name and Directions:
Hyw. 3 heading East from Osoyoos, turn north and drive in 2.4 Km on Long Joe Road.
(Last road off on long hill heading East out of Osoyoos... or the first road if you're coming down the hill heading West.)
Then take the first Left turn heading north for 0.6 Km. A short hike uphill to a small grassy slope.
View of Anarchist from the north:

Times to Fly - Afternoon & evening
Victoria Day Weekend Fly-In Friday May 18, 2012 through Monday May 21st, 2012
- Osoyoos Webcam

Soaring Information and Weather Notes:
For your HAGAR Canadian Airspace information, see: ... space.html

Canada Rasp:

Anarchist RASP thanks to TJ Olney:
Smart Phone Small Convergence RASP Loop for the South Okanagan thanks to TJ Olney.

Anarchist Summit Webcam, east of Osoyoos, looking east.
This is a SW facing site, but it is best in NW cross winds.
North winds can come up suddenly on an otherwise south or no wind day, and they can be rather hairy, so keep an eye on the north end of the lake.
It is a better thermal site during the day when a breeze is coming in.
However it is a SPECTACULAR Evening Glass Off Site, where glass off extends all the way across the lake.
The "House" Thermal it is to the left of launch in the bowl near to the vehicle parking area....or work back right to the North face.
Big sink not too far off to the left (east) Not a wise idea to fly over the USA Border without following protocol.
Good XC routes east past Rock Creek, north to Vaseaux Lake, west to Hedley.

Description of LZ:
Contact a local pilot before going up to check out landing possibilities particularly the beach LZ on Reserve Property. Video
During summer months, overflow RV Parking can eliminate any possibility of landing at this beach. Alternate beaches during peak tourist season must then be used. Example: Hike out beaches north of the LZ.

Please do not do anything that would jeopardize our efforts to secure this site. A Landowner WAIVER has become required. See below.
This site is a hyper sensitive landing site area. LZ's have been secured and lost repeatedly for decades.


Pilots can land on the hay field just before the switch back on Hwy 6 heading east out of Osoyoos.
Pilots also land on the Osoyoos Beach at the south end of the lake during off season / low use periods.
- check the beach first. Cement walls for lawn areas now barricade parts of the beach.

Alt LZ for XC flights is the Oliver Airport. HG & PG should be well aware of this and be alert and watchful for Aircraft.
Below 2000' stay on the West side of the Runway DO NOT cross to the East side of the Runway.
Hang gliders and Paragliders set up on the west side of the airport and land on the grass strip South of the airport office.
Planes set up on the East side of the airport and land on the runway.
OBSERVE THESE RULES so HG & PG may continue in this already sensitive area.

Landing Road Name and Direction:
March 7th 2012 - Peter Rasumussen has negotiated with the Osoyoos Indian Band to secure permission to land here once again.
In fact they very much are looking forward to the flying traffic as they are able to see the value in it as a tourist attraction for their resort winery and golf courses.

Other Information:
Class E Airspace above 9000' ASL. and Class E Airspace above 2200' AGL. to the north of the site.
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

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre

With more than 120 wineries, the Thompson Okanagan is British Columbia's oldest, largest, and most popular wine-producing region.


CYR 115 White Lake Radio Telescope Observatory is a RESTRICTED AREA (NW of Oliver) Do no fly below 1500' AGL over the Radio Telescope facility.

Site Record(s): Altitude Gain: 12,500' Open Distance: 80 Km east
Duration: . . . . . Dog Leg: . . . . . Out & Return: . . . . . Triangle: . . . . . Race to Goal:

Primary Contacts:
SOSC Group on the Line App
HG: Peter Ehlers Tel: 250-496-5927 Cell: 250-462-0794
HG: Peter Rasmussen 250-485-4044 Cell: 250-462-4270
HG: Jeff Cooke Tel: 250-809-8836
HG: Ron Azyan (Osoyoos) 250-495-6722 Cell: 250-535-0241
PG: Sean Dougherty Tel: 250-497-6003 Cell: 250-286-0753
PG: Russ Klatt Tel: 250-498-9425
PG: Jim Ongena Tel: 250-486-7166 Cell: 250-486-7166

Launch and landing site in red.

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