Reliable weather. Big Air. Bigger vistas. Some of the most incredible and stunning flying in the Intermountain West if not the world! 4 launches that take different wind directions. HUGE XC potential through some of Utah’s most incredible natural wonders.Expand page for more details
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Registration will open on
01/04 16:00 (America/Denver)
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring
The region supports helicopter rescues
Medic on takeoff
There will be medical rescue services at launch
Good phone coverage
The region generally has good phone coverage
We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly
Live trackers mandatory
Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.
There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch
There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ
Toilets on takeoff
There are toilets at, or near, the launch
The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring
The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores
The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ
There will usually be goal beers for winners
There will be a social evening with food
There will be an organised party during or after the event
There will be live music or a DJ at the event
You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift
This event awards PWCA letters
Carbon offset / Plant a Tree
The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event and/or Plant a Tree for each competitor
The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles
Reliable weather. Big Air. Bigger vistas. Some of the most incredible and stunning flying in the Intermountain West if not the world! 4 launches that take different wind directions. HUGE XC potential through some of Utah’s most incredible natural wonders. Welcome to the Red Rocks Wide Open! This is a USHPA National Championship series AND FAI Cat 2 AND Pre-PWC sanctioned event that promises strong conditions and long tasks that take advantage of remote, tall mountain ranges and high-desert flatlands. Participants should be very comfortable with flying in strong thermals at high altitudes (most take-offs are over 11,000 feet). Oxygen is highly recommended (tank refills will be available for $5 each during the comp and practice day, and a discount will be available to purchase your own O2 kit). Garmin InReach or other satellite tracker with messaging capability is mandatory. The top 15 NTSS pilots will receive a $50 USD discount on the event fee. International pilots ranked in the top 400 in the WPRS will receive a $125 USD discount on the entry fee. NEW for 23': If you wish to provide your own retrieve the fee is discounted $175 USD (about 30%). Please note- you MUST provide all transport if taking this option, we cannot be used as the backup, and retrieves can be exceedingly long and difficult in this part of the world, so only do this option if you are absolutely sure you have it covered!
Selection and entry fee
Your registration requires approval that you meet the minimum Pilot Entry Requirements for this event. Please refer to the 2022 USHPA rule book. All pilots must be USHPA members (foreign pilots can get a one month temp membership for $6 USD), and CUASA club members (one month temp memberships are $10 USD). PLEASE NOTE: The Red Rocks Wide Open has a high pilot standard! No Exceptions! Full details about the registration process and eligibility criteria can be found here
This is an FAI category 2 event (as well as US Nationals). Per FAI cat 2 requirements, 25% of spots will be held for international pilots, which will be chosen by WPRS ranking.
Entry fee is $575 USD. The top 15 US NTSS pilots will receive a $50 USD discount. Foreign pilots who are ranked in the top 400 in the WPRS will receive a $125 USD discount. Rankings as of April 1, 2023 will be used. NEW for 23': If you wish to provide your own retrieve the fee is discounted $175 USD (about 30%). Please note- you MUST provide all transport if taking this option, the organization cannot be used as the backup. Retrieves can be exceedingly long and difficult in this part of the world, only do this option if you know you have it covered.
Minimum qualifications: P4 or International equivalent. You can expect strong conditions in Monroe, very high altitudes and at times when we fly downwind, potentially limited places to land. If you do not have a P4 or international equivalent please contact the race organization with your flying background if you feel the Red Rocks Wide Open suits your ability.
Approved pilots will be invited to pay for each competition according to pilot rank (see below). Your place at a competition is not confirmed until we have received your payment for the competition. The Pilot Lists show the current status of your registration.
Pilots are listed for each competition in ranked order and confirmed entry to the competition will be prioritised based on rank.
Pilots will be ranked for the competition as follows:
US pilots will be ranked by date/time of registration (NOT date/time of payment).
Pilots of other nations will be ranked by their current WPRS position.
US pilots will be listed first, followed by pilots of all other nations by rank. (Please press the green Org CIVL button on the top, right of the Participants page to see the correct order for selection/ US pilots will be invited to pay first in ranked order, followed by pilots of other nations one week later, also in ranked order). The Panel reserves the right to award places out of ranking order. They also reserve the right to award wildcards where they feel it is appropriate.
Top 25 + 5 women on NTSS
33 Top ranked international pilots based on WPRS
37 spots allocated to USA based on WPRS points
Remaining place allocation rules:
10% of places are reserved for female pilots until 100 days prior to the start of the event.
25 pilots in order of registration
Any unused international spots will be allocated to US pilots 75 days prior to the event based on sign up date.
IMPORTANT: When you register for a competition, if you do not enter your ‘correct’ FAI and CIVL numbers then you will not be ranked correctly. Note: if you are a US pilot your FAI number is USUALLY your USHPA pilot number (without letters). Your CIVL number you can look up with the link on the Registration page. Also when you register you will be required to enter your ‘FAI Sporting Licence Nationality’. This is not another nationality you happen to hold, nor is it where you were born, or where you currently live, but is the country that issued your Sporting Licence (‘United States’ for USHPA issued licences).
Once a competition is full, pilots will be added to the waiting list and then if a place becomes available it will be offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list. The pilot will receive an email from us inviting them to pay their entry fee and will have 5 days to do so before the place is offered to the next highest ranked pilot on the list.
Documents required at registration
FAI Sporting Licence
Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)
The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.
Signed Application form
You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Signed Waiver/Release form
You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.
Identification documents needed
You will need to provide photo ID on arrival. This could be Passport, Driving Licence or National ID, for example.
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents
You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune
Any pilot who cancels their registration will be given a refund as follows:
- Cancellation date more than 60 days before competition start date: 50% refund
- Cancellation date between 60 and 30 days before competition start date: 30% refund
- Cancellation date less than 30 days before competition start date: 0% refund
Inability to attend due to Covid related travel reasons is not a reason for a refund of an amount greater than the above percentages and stated times. Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any last minute cancellations.
Cancellation of a Competition by the Organization ie Covid19 interference etc:
In the event the organizers deem it necessary to cancel, relocate, or reschedule the competition you will be entitled to a partial refund. This will be on the scale as follows:
- Up to 45 days before the first official event day: 100% less a $50 admin charge
- 45 to 0 days before the first official event day: An amount equivalent to the amount paid less the amount spent by the organisation in preparations up to that time.
After the start of the competition any refunds will be at the sole discretion of the organizers.
The organizers will not be liable for any costs incurred by anyone attending, or intending to attend the event, or any consequential losses arising from the cancellation, relocation, or rescheduling of the event.
Prize fund and scoring categories
Official Training day. Transport to launch provided, retrieve from main LZ provided. No official task set.
1600-1900- Official Registration and equipment inspection
1930 Mandatory Safety and Race Briefing
Sunday September 10th- Saturday September 16th
Contest Flying days
Saturday September 16th
1900- Prize Giving, Closing Ceremonies, BBQ for pilots and family/friends and an EPIC Party!
08:00 - Transport to take-off
09:30 - Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
10:00 - Pilots briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
10:30 - Take-off window opens
16:30 - Scoring office opens
20:00 - Provisional results
Accommodation and Activities
There is too much to do around Monroe to list here. On weather days there are several close national parks- Zion, Bryce Canyon, Escalante, National Reef Monument...Mountain biking is amazing, hiking, museums...but probably you'll just want to rest from going HUGE!
For accommodation, there are several hotels and motels in the Richfield area, lots of great AirBNB's in Monroe (10 mins from Richfield by car) or Joseph (5 min by car). For hotels we recommend the Quality Inn in Richfield (ask for a pilot discount)- we provide transport from here each day, Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, or Holiday Inn Express if you have a car. RV camping at Monroe Canyon RV Park - walking distance to the Monroe LZ. Call Jordan at (435) 201 3684 for a pilot discount. Tent camping at Monroe Canyon RV Park - Jordan is offering tent camping (40 spots available) with access to all the facilities at the Monroe Canyon RV park for $12/night. No reservation needed, but text Jordan so he has a rough headcount. All the staff will be staying at the Sevier River RV Park and Campground, which has lots of grass, on the river and where we will have awards and the afterparty. This is 17 minutes from the LZ so requires a bit more driving but a shuttle is provided. Ask for "Danny" for bookings and a pilot discount.
How to get here
To get to Monroe from out of state or overseas you would fly to the Salt Lake City international Airport (SLC) and then arrange a car rental to drive to Monroe, or schedule a shuttle through us ($75 pp from SLC to Monroe). We recommend getting a car and having days before and after the comp to explore this incredible area!
610 S 200 E, Monroe, UT 84754, USA
Monroe, Utah United States