Competition Dates


2019 World Championships

31 December-02 January 2020: Practice Days
03 Jan January 2020: 19:00 hrs Opening Ceremony
04-17 January 2020: Competition Days - 14 in total
18 January 2020: 10:00 hrs Closing Ceremony.

Of course you are not going to outland, but you'll need some advice to give to those who might.

One of the things which makes Keepit a great place to glide is that there are many easy outlanding options. The area around Lake Keepit Gliding Club is known as the North West Slopes and Plains. Slopes and plains. What this means in practice is that there are a lot of outlanding places around… the plains either side of the slopes mostly. 

Though the region isn't really the outback, the local country isn't sparsely populated unlike much of Europe. Paddocks are large and may be some distance from a road. If there are small rivers around, then cars may not be able to drive into a paddock without a long detour. If there are dry crops, cars may not be allowed into fields at all in case they start a bush fire. You need to try to contact the farmer before you organise a retrieve and the farm house may be a long hot walk away.

Though there are unlikely to be tasks over proper remote areas, many pilots carry a personal tracker like an InReach. This type of device can not only broadcast your location via satellite and SOS messages but it can also send and receive messages via satellite tagged with your latitude and longitude. 

Australia, especially in the bush, rejoices in a third-world phone network. There's only one network to use in most of the country, Telstra, which works in most of the bush but there are areas where reception is patchy or there isn't any reception at all. It's a very good idea to radio in that you might outland while you are still airborne so you can concentrate on the circuit and landing in case there's no radio or phone on the ground.

What all this means is that you may be in a field for quite a while before you're picked up and that means you should be prepared and carry a survival kit in the glider. Well, let's call it an outlanding kit.

The list which follows contains items we normally carry in our outlanding kit.

  • A fully charged, working phone is the top of the list. Ideally it should have a mapping app installed with the local area map. Many of these apps such as Navmii are free or very cheap. This means you will at least be able to let people know where you are… if there is a phone signal.
  • Food. You may be there some hours. Normally something like nuts or  muesli bars are OK but be careful of salty stuff which makes you too thirsty.
  • Water. You must carry a water container which is separate from your in-flight water. The best are MSR Dromedary bladders because they are strong and very flexible so they're easier to stow.
  • A space blanket. The temperature drops at night. Normally it doesn't get colder than 15º but it can, especially after thunderstorms.
  • A woolie and long trousers. If you fly in a tee shirt and shorts, you might need a thin jumper and something over your legs when it gets cooler.
  • A torch or two with full batteries. Head torches are a good idea to help you walk out at night but you should mark the position of the glider with another flashing torch or strobe. The elastic band on a head torch can be used to attach it to a wing tip.
  • A small emergency first aid kit including plasters and aspirin.
  • A signalling mirror.
  • Insect repellant and sun screen.
  • Something to read. A friend used to find some travel book such as a Bill Bryson on Australia, and tear out a few chapters for his survival kit.

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