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SO! General Meeting

Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm

Covid policy: Full Covid 19 vaccination regimen and masks are optional indoors.
6:00-6:30 PM: Social half hour with refreshments.
6:30-7:30 PM: meeting and presentation.

Presentation title: “Hang gliding across the western United States”

Speaker: Lyn Peters (daughter of Bob Thompson presenting Bob’s talk)

Presentation summary:  Bob Thompson did hang gliding over the western United States for 23 years. He will briefly describe the origin of the term “hang gliding” and the history of the sport. Then he will speak about some of his hang gliding exploits, including some fun sidelights with photos of flying across SW Colorado, Phoenix, Sedona, Flagstaff, AZ, Yosemite National Park, the White Mountains of California, with eagles over the Hopi Reservation, and crossing the Grand Canyon. In the Durango area, he mostly flew off an east-facing site near the Junction Creek overlook with other flights off Smelter Mountain, near Wallace Lake in the Animas Valley, and off Kendall Mountain above Silverton.

Speaker bios:

Bob Thompson was a retired Emeritus geology professor who taught Earth Systems in Arizona at Glendale Community College and Arizona State University for 38 years. He was an FAA certified pilot of private aircraft who taught himself to fly hang gliders and was very active in the sport of hang gliding for 23 years. He was a charter member of the U.S. Hang Gliding Association and Arizona Hang Gliding Association and represented much of the western US on the USHGA Board of Directors for 4 years. He owned a hang gliding business for teaching hang gliding and selling and repairing hang gliders. He has earned every rating in hang gliding through Master Pilot and Advanced Instructor, won Arizona Cross Country Championship 5 years and was runner-up 5 times, setting a US National Record and World Record. He retired with over 3000 hours airborne hang gliding time.

Bob hiked in the San Juan Mountains for over 50 years and enjoyed a cabin at Vallecito for the last 30 years.

Lyn Peters is the eldest child of former Seniors Outdoors member Bob Thompson. She lives in Washington State and works for the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions as Director of Communications, Financial Education & Outreach where she does financial education outreach for ages Pre-K to Senior Living facilities. While she tagged along with her father on many an outing (hiking and hang gliding), her father’s untimely passing and subsequent memorial hike with the Seniors Outdoors group sparked a renewed passion for hiking. She now revels in tackling solo hikes in Washington’s many parks, though she says she’s never really alone as she always takes a bit of her father’s ashes with her so he can lay claim to a few more peaks.

Meeting Place:

Durango Rec Center 6:00 pm

Difficulty Info:

Easy and Fun