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TAKE-OFFS:
KOWARY:
Rudnik
Wołowa Góra
KARPACZ:
Mała Kopa
MIEROSZÓW:
Krowiara
KOWARY − CZOŁO ( 50N45.254   015E49.175 ) Zbigniew Deka & Przemysław Wiatr


A grassy take-off (1200 m ASL) above Przełęcz Okraj (Okraj Pass) − at the beginning of the main Karkonosze range. It's regarded by local pilots as the best place to fly cross-country.

From Kowary drive uphill to Przełęcz Okraj (Okraj Pass). Leave your car somewhere near the PTTK tourist shelter-house. Here you'll begin a 20-30-minute hike up the mountain. First follow the steep blue trail. It's a 100-meter climb. Turn right just before a wooden handrail into a path hidden among trees − there are 50 meters more to climb traversing the mountain. Your effort will be rewarded with stunning scenery. With good visibility you can see Śnieżnik's range behind Kłodzko Valley.

The perfect wind directions for launch are 80-120 degrees. Experienced pilots will manage to take off in 60 to 140-degree winds. Big meadows providing comfortable landing are 650 meters below, west of Kowary Średnie.

Unfortunately you can't see them from the take-off, so if you're here for the first time a reconnaissance flight is recommended. It's an east face site, so you can be ready for a flight before 11 a.m. and make the most of the long day. Czoło Mountain is a good trigger for thermals. With the favourable weather conditions and proper wind direction you have the whole Karkonosze range behind your back, then the Izera Mountains (Izery) where some people decide to fly northwest and make their way towards Zgorzelec, while others choose to head towards the Saxon Switzerland flying over Liberec in the Czech Republic.

In more southerly wind it's a good idea to gain enough altitude to fly over Wołowa Góra, Kowary, then over the Rudawy Janowickie Mountains to Jeżów Sudecki and finally head towars Wleń or Bolesławiec.

In more northerly wind pilots with smaller glide ratio wings should look for lifts along a ridge descending NE, towards the landing fields. Keep in mind to have enough altitude as you will be flying into the wind all the time. I don't recommend flying too much ahead over the bowl just after taking off. Usually you can find a lift much closer to the slope and the take-off or along the previously mentioned ridge descending towards Kowary Średnie.

Original version by: Grzegorz Olejnik

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