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pchapman  (D 1014)

Dec 7, 2012, 12:12 PM

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Re: [wolfriverjoe] Question about coming back from a long spot

[EDIT: Looks like Twardo has made the point already but anyway:]

There is actually a happy medium in the debate on "go for a road" vs. "go for a field":

I say, go for near a road, but not right next to it, and only to the limitation of your own skill.

Some people make a beeline back towards the DZ and when they can't make it, end up in the middle of some muddy or crop filled field. Better to make the decision early and head for someplace safe but easier to get home from on the ground, like near an access road.

If you don't want to deal with gravel or pavement on roads, telephone and power wires, ditches, fences, etc, then land a short ways into the neighbouring field -- 50 m, 100m, whatever is in your comfort zone based on the conditions.

Personally I've swooped under a wire stretched across a road and then run the landing off into a ditch at dusk, so as not to spook an oncoming car too much -- but that doesn't mean that's the normal smart thing to do...

So "go for a road" should be interpreted as "near a road but a safe distance away from related obstacles".

(And wolfriver, thanks for countering the "wind at one's back" misconception!)


(This post was edited by pchapman on Dec 7, 2012, 12:14 PM)


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