King Mountain, Idaho chosen for site of 2009 U.S. National
Hang Gliding Championships.
The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding
Association announces King Mountain near Moore, Idaho has
been chosen as the site for the 2009 US National Hang Gliding
100+ participants are expected to participate
from across the United States and abroad. King Mountain
is a world renowned hang gliding site located in the heart
of Idaho's spectacular Lost River Range. This is the first
time the National Hang Gliding Championships have been awarded
to the area.
King Mountain hang gliding is known for
spectacular scenery and long distances. Flights over 100
miles are common, using only thermals as power. Thermals
are rising columns of warm air and the lava beds of Idaho's
Craters of the Moon provide plenty of thermal activity for
the hang gliders to stay aloft. The competition is scored
by distance- how far each pilots flies each day determines
their score. This type of task is one of the hardest to
win in hang gliding. Each competitor must analyze the weather
and conditions prior to launching, then make good decisions
along a specified route to win the day.
The communities of Moore, Arco, and Butte
County have been long supporters of hang gliding and have
welcomed pilots from all over the world to Idaho's mountains.
This is a highly competitive bid process.; said Lisa Tate,
the volunteer event organizer. We presented a bid to the
United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association at
their meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were very pleased
to receive the bid and to have the opportunity to introduce
new pilots to the wonderful flying at King Mountain as well
as the great communities here."
The Championship is scheduled for July
20-26, 2009. For more information please contact Lisa Tate,
Meet Director at (208) 376-7914 or by email at
Additional photos and contacts are available
for use / interview. Please contact Lisa Tate at the above