Dasklip

Dasklip

The launch site sits above the road at the top of the pass. On the left is the hang-gliding ramp – a steel structure built in the mid-1980s by the enthusiastic HG community, the steel for the structure (and the energy for the project) being supplied by Tony Krieger and the construction undertaken by a number of individuals.

To get here, follow the R365 northward out of Porterville; and turn right at the Dasklip/Cardouw sign, after about four kilometres. A further 8 km on this sand road brings you to the base of the tarred pass road, which you climb to the launch site. Before driving up, stop here and survey the landing field which lies to the west (left) of the sand road.

The launch site faces WNW and a good explanation for reading the wind is most important. Thermic activity is frequently misread as wind “gusts”, resulting in much time being wasted waiting for smooth conditions; especially on strongly thermic days. Your briefing at the Lodge will help in this regard, or better still, an on-site briefing may be called-for.