The Sacred Mountain

by Edgar Baird March. 10, 2011 4200 views

Friends on the mountain… [youtube.com]

Hang gliding is a passion of mine, one that borders on religion. On any given day when the wind is from the southeast one can expect a call from any member of our gregarious local group of drivers and pilots announcing a trip to our local flying spot, McCloud's. So we (we being any of us insane and winged souls) drop everything, run out the door and head for the mountain.

Our local site, McCloud's Mountain, is for many of us a very sacred place. From childhood many of us have spent time hanging out on the cliffs, and crawling about among the deep rock crevasses that are like little pockets of deep, cool heaven. We've grown up on this mountain. Lifelong friendships have been forged and brotherly bonds established that run so much deeper than blood. We've even said goodbye to a fallen friend and scattered his ashes along the cliffs that he loved to soar. Yes, this place, this one mountain, is truly magic for us.

This mountain has been a popular hang gliding site since the early 70's. Over the nearly forty years of flying the site has been open and closed multiple times. Oft times pilots would sneak up and launch off the cliffs in a dash, hoping the drivers could get the vehicles off the ridge before the police were called. Things are only slightly better today for us. The current owner of the property says he wants us there but to date he has been all talk and no action.

Perhaps one day in the near future, hang gliding and the wonderful people that participate in the sport will be welcome at all times on the mountain. Until then, we wait patiently and do what we can to sneak in a flight or two…In the end no one owns a mountain…

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The above link is to a video I put together of the days waiting. The link for this video has always been a bit wonky at best but it should get you close. If you so choose to watch it you may have to search through my videos for on entitled “hang waiting”

Cheers and Beers!

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Felecia 8 years, 8 months ago

WHERE ARE YOU????????????????

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Gregg Maretka 8 years, 9 months ago

Edgar great photos and story to go along with them.....fantastic feeling it would be to hang glide. Good luck with the mountain !!! oh and CHEERS!!!!

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Felecia 8 years, 9 months ago

BEAUTIFUL Edgar! You are indeed a free spirit. I'm so happy to see you and to see you happy. Ya know I love ya more n' my luggage!

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