A Hike and Fly Challenge


                     6 - 8th September 2024   


              Skywings (2023) on line - article LINK













                  2024 in progress - entries are now OPEN


     Event booking/X Dales entry and further information can be found via the link below


Further information will be added as it becomes available.

Photo:  Soaring Pen y Ghent in late afternoon sunshine by Tom KS  (2023)


Verified results
Final Result C check.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [599.8 KB]

Clicking on the task link below allows access to the various tracklogs. Look under 'Results'.

Above: L to R    James Whitmore (3rd), Tom Hodgkin (1st), Jacob Aubrey (2nd)

The X Dales is an integral flying element of the DHPC  (Dales) end of summer social. To find out more please use the events link below.


EVENTS LINK  (to follow)


The 'Hike and Fly Challenge' is a ONE day event only.  The most promising day will be selected, hopefully the Friday or Saturday.  No less than 24 hrs notice will be given.


TASK LINK  (to follow)



Entry:   This is via the download form (when available for 2024) and should be submitted to -          xcflight@gmail.com     


Entry will be limited to a maximum of 34 pilots on a first come basis. Pilots must be a BHPA member and hold a minimum of CP rating.


Risk assessment:  Refer to the RA download pdf which must be printed off and signed at the START of the task. 




Equipment:  Refer to the pdf notes that relate to hike and fly and specifically to the EN and equipment standards that relate to ALL flying equipment to be used.


Communications:  You MUST carry a radio, set to the appropriate frequency of 143.800mHz.  You MUST carry a mobile phone and have the ability to keep it charged if necessary.


Tracking:  By whatever app or system you use, please ensure you can be tracked via livetrack24. There will be an ‘X Dales 2024’ group set up to which you will be added from your entry details. Link as available.


Logging:  You must be able to produce a complete, start to finish tracklog in a format we can read.  Producing a complete log is the bug-bear of hike and fly. Please ensure you have set whatever app or instrument you use to do this when hiking and resting, not just flying. A back-up is a wise move … if all else fails it may be possible to download it from L24. Either way – you MUST have a start to finish log with no breaks. Test runs are a good idea BEFORE the event.


Support:  It helps if you have your own support, but there will be some support at the main road crossing at Riblehead Simple snacks and water will be available.  But best if you carry your own for the most part.  This year the route you take will make it more difficult to judge where pilots are. Regular tracking and/or SMS is especially useful.

Briefings:  In additional to other briefing notes available via downloads there will be a pre start briefing covering the following:  weather/conditions, the Country Code, exclusion areas and penalties, safety, timings, score file igc upload deadlines, etc.


Timings to follow.


End of race:  You MUST sign off safe at the end of day or your race by SMS (07808394895) or personally.


Entry fee:  A mere £8,  payable on the day to cover trophy engraving costs and odd sundries, donations, drinks and prizes.  Inflation dear boy .... eats into everything.


Awards and Other:  Awards will be for 1st and 2nd place plus best newcomer/ most 'interesting' flight.   (See awards below)



DO NOT USE ANY DOWNLOADS BELOW (in process of updating)


MUST be read and signed on the day
X Dales risk statement 23.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [663.8 KB]

Winners 2021:  Mike Cavanagh 1st and Ziggy Latka 2nd

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