DFC  -  the basic elements

Each described route has the following elements:


* basic site and route information box with route grading

* introduction to site/route

* best conditions and safety factors

* route mapping with co-ordinates and cylinder detail

* photographs on many routes to illustrate route or terrain/site

* grading colour bar on map page


Photo: looking back from Kirkfell along the Ennerdale Valley - part of the DD Challenge graded BLACK!

Introductions to each flying area with supplementary articles, essays and advice by leading local pilots.


* Dave Ashcroft on flying the western Lakes

* Kitt Rudd on finding good lines and local 'hotspots'

* Pat Dower on preparation

* Mike Cavanagh on convergence possibilities and the need for a flexible approach

* Dave Smart on finally achieving the Three Peaks Challenge

* Mike Endacott provides a flavour of the Langdales - and escaping it!

* Pete Logan suggests why Dodd is a whole lot better than Wether Fell.


Photo: Kitt Rudd prepares for flight

Something for the nerds? Possibly the best (?) or most significant closed circuit flights flown from the area covered by the book. A collection of six flights from the past that have something a bit special about them - or maybe not. A tough set of choices.

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