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The Owens Valley Cross Country Classic is a USHPA Sanctioned and FAI Cat 2 Paragliding Race To Goal Competition. The "OVXCC" is also a U.S. National Championship Event for 2015.

Payment and Registration Process Information steps 1-4

**Once ALL FOUR Steps are completed you will appear on the Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015, AirTribune, Pilots Page as confirmed.

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Flying site

The Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015 will be held in the White Mountains of the Owens Valley.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains form the west side of the Owens Valley and the White-Inyo Mountains the east.

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How to get here

Sierra St and Fair Dr, Bishop CA 93514

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Event info

The Owens Valley Cross Country Classic is a USHPA Sanctioned and FAI Cat 2 Paragliding Race To Goal Competition. The "OVXCC" is also a U.S. National Championship Event for 2015.

Payment and Registration Process Information steps 1-4

**Once ALL FOUR Steps are completed you will appear on the Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015, AirTribune, Pilots Page as confirmed.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT:
Step 1.

Sign in and register as a new user at Airtribune

Already a registered user...

Then click on "EVENTS" scroll down to find the "Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015 ~ US PG Nationals" competition page, enter and click on the registration tab.

* PLEASE ~ Make sure to include a profile picture of YOU :) !! This is very important!

Step 2.

Paperwork:

* Go to Downloads and fill out the following two documents:
1. USHPA Event Waiver
2. USHPA Emergency Medical Information Form

* Email them to: flytheowens@gmail.com


**Help - For information on electronically filling out and signing PDF documents:
Look Here.

Step 3.

Shared Page:

* Personal tracking devices are mandatory for this event that includes GPS tracking!!!
Email your "shared page" to:
flytheowens@gmail.com and davidrwheeler@gmail.com

*Go to Here. and pay the suggested donation to Dave Wheeler, who runs the amazing site, for $20/year or $5/Competition. We will be using the tracking for retrieval and safety reasons.

Step 4.

Payment Options:

* Pay Pal - ($15.00 is added to cover the Pay Pal fees)
* Go Here.

* Check

Made out to: Karen Castle.
Send to: 33 Oceanview Rd. Bishop CA, 93514

* Electronic / Wire transfer

Bank of America: 536 N. Main St Bishop CA, 93514 760 873-3551

Karen L Castle - Acct # 0920202546 Routing # (electronic) 121000358 Bank or paper routing?? 121000661 Swift Code - BOFAUS3N

**IBAN # - They do not have one!

Requirements:
* USHPA Membership
* P4/5 rating with these sign offs:
* TUR, HA, FLS, XC, RLF
* SPOT Messenger or equivalent
* Radio - compatible with USHPA Frequencies 151.505 -158.400
* GPS

Highly Recommended:
* Mobile Android App thru AirTribune
* Oxygen system - ( Refills will be available at HQ for $15 per fill )
**We will have standard adapters CGA-870 and CGA-540 if your system uses something else make sure you bring your own adapter.
*** Your Cylinder needs to have been tested and date stamped within the last five years in order for us to offer a re-fill.
* Emergency First Aid Kit (to fly with) - Here.

* A cord to connect your flight instrument to your computer which allows you to upload your track log to the official scoring site remotely.

Optional:

Things included in your entry fees:
* Light food and drink at the welcome pilots party
* Transportation to launch
* Retrieval
* Scoring
* Awards Party - Prize Giving with light food and drink
* Event Tee Shirt
* Water on launch
* Beverages for goal and retrieve

Cancellation Policy:
Cancel before July 1, 2015 $50.00 Fee
Between July 1 - August 15, 2015 $200 Fee
On August 15 or after, NO REFUND
Entry fees are non transferable

Flying site

The Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015 will be held in the White Mountains of the Owens Valley.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains form the west side of the Owens Valley and the White-Inyo Mountains the east.
The White Mountains are about 60 miles long and rise 10,000 feet above the floor of the northern Owens Valley. The highest point on the Whites is White Mountain Peak at 14,252 ft (4,344 m).

The Owens Valley is the birthplace of foot-launched cross country flying.
The first 100 mile hang glider flight was here in 1976. Most of the early foot-launched cross country records were set in the Owens Valley.
The first Owens Valley Cross Country (Hang Gliding) Classic was held in 1978.
The Owens Valley Cross Country Classic was the first ever foot-launched cross country contest and set the standard for years to come.
Since that time the Owens has been the site of many foot-launched cross country records as well as the US Hang Gliding National Championships, the US Paragliding National Championships, the World Hang Gliding Championships, and a Paragliding World Cup event.


For the 2015 XC Classic the primary launch will be Flynn's with Paiute as a back up.
Both sites are one the west side of the White mountains and face west.
Flynn's launch (37°23'16.70"N, 118°17'43.00"W) is east of the small town of Laws at an elevation of 5,700 ft asl (1,735 m).
The Piute launch ( 37°31'9.50"N, 118°17'40.00"W) is east of the town of Chalfant Valley at an elevation of 8,030 ft asl (2,448 m).
Flying in the Owens Valley is big. The terrain is high desert, with sparse vegetation and little water. With the valley floor at about 4,000 feet and potential climbs to 18,000 feet, this is decidedly high altitude flying and supplemental oxygen is strongly recommended. The valley wind can be strong, particularly in late afternoon. Thermals are usually strong and big and active flying is crucial. Landings are high altitude, desert affairs, with the potential for strong winds. Dust devils are common in the valley. Conditions moderate by September but still offer the potential for great cross country flying.

Organizers

Owens Valley US Paragliding Nationals 2015
Kari Castle
Meet Director / Organizer
Denise Reed
Assistant Organizer
Jeff Huey
Launch Director / The Man
Lori Dirks
Graphic Design / Social Media
David Wheeler
Scoring
Bill Hughes
Scoring
RT Zak Hargraves
Safety Director

Selection and entry fee

Early Entry Fee $450 ~ Deadline 8/1/15
Late Entry Fee $490 ~ 8/2/15-9/2/15
Last Min Entry $525 ~ 9/3/15 *(If available)

Payment and Registration Process Information steps 1-4 Here.

Once ALL FOUR Steps are completed you will appear on the "OVXCC" AirTribune Pilots Page as confirmed.

Requirements:
* USHPA Membership
* P4/5 rating with these sign offs:
* TUR, HA, FLS, XC, RLF
* SPOT Messenger or equivalent
* Radio - compatible with USHPA Frequencies 151.505 -158.400
* GPS

Things included in your entry fees:
* Light food and drink at the welcome pilots party
* Transportation to launch
* Retrieval
* Scoring
* Awards Party - Prize Giving with light food and drink
* Event Tee Shirt
* Water on launch
* Beverages for goal and retrieve

Prize fund and scoring categories

The "US National Paragliding Champion" will be determined from the results of the OVXCC 2015 and the 2015 Rat Race.

The awards for the OVXCC will be:
* 2015 Overall US National Champion 1st Place
* Competition Class ~ 1st - 3rd
* C Class ~ 1st - 3rd
* Women's Class ~ 1st - 3rd

** Paraglider classification nomenclature changed to:
- Competition Class (replaces/encompasses Open and Serial Classes)
- C Class (replaces Sport Class)

** A/B Class Gliders are welcome to fly in the event!

General schedule

Friday, September 18, 2015
19:00 - 20:00 - Registration

Saturday, September 19, 2015 ~ Official Practice Day
08:00 - 09:00 - Registration @ HQ
09:30 - 10:00 - Transportation to Launch
11:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task results / Task
12:00 - Take-off window opens
16:00 - 17:00 - GPS Download @ HQ
17:00 - 18:00 - Registration @ HQ
18:00 - 19:00 - Mandatory Pilots Meeting / Safety Briefing @ HQ
19:30 - 21:00 - Welcome Pilots Light food and drink following @ HQ

Sunday, September 20 - Saturday September 26, 2015
Contest flying days

Saturday, September 26, 2015
21:00 - Prize-giving awards ceremony ~ Party

Daily schedule

08:00 - HQ Opens
09:30 - Transportation to Launch
10:00 - Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task results / Task
12:00 - Take-off window opens
17:00 - GPS Download @ HQ
22:00 - Provisional results posted
* Times subject to change

Accommodation and Activities


RV Park at HQ: Bishop RV Park ( Very Sunny Large Open Lot)
http://www.bishoprvpark.com/

Tent and RV camping in town and less than 10 minutes from HQ: Brown's Town Campground
http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/browns.html

Tent and RV camping about 10 minutes from HQ and town: Brown's Millpond Campground
http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/millpond.html

Tent and RV camping more than 10 minutes from HQ and town: Keough Hot Springs
http://www.keoughshotsprings.com/

AirBnB Rentals: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Bishop--CA#

VRBO Rentals: http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/california/gold-country-high-sierra/bishop

There are many other campgrounds and dry camping areas in Inyo County, in the National Forest and on BLM lands: http://www.bishopvisitor.com/fishing.php

Hotels in Bishop: http://www.bishopvisitor.com/lodgingBishop.php

How to get here

HQ will be in the Patio Building at the Tri County Fairgrounds
Located at: Sierra St and Fair Dr, Bishop CA 93514



Bishop US

Plane

The nearest is Mammoth/Yosemite airport (MMH)
http://www.visitmammoth.com/about-mammoth/mammoth-airport/

The nearest international airport is Los Angeles (LAX)
http://www.airport-la.com/

Car

Approximate driving time from major airports:
Mammoth/Yosemite (MMH) - .30 min
Reno NV (RNO) - 3.5 hours
Los Angeles (LAX) - 5 hours
Las Vegas (LAS) - 5 hours
San Fransisco (SFO) - 6.5 hours

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Tasks and results

Task 2

21 Sep, 2015

108.1 km — Race to goal

Comp. results:
Tracks:

Task 3

22 Sep, 2015

86.3 km — Race to goal

Tracks:

Task 4

23 Sep, 2015

111.2 km — Race to goal

Tracks:

Task 7

26 Sep, 2015

66.2 km — Race to goal

Task results:
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