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Chrome & Parkhouse Hills, Peak District.

Normally this type of pano is made up from two images, one down and one up using a full fish eye lens. Here we just have the down view. As I could not see the who;e horizon there was little point in completing the exercise.

Sometimes you have to show your mistakes. I have long wanted to reveal my mind's eye view as to what a pano would look like taken from between these 2 dramatic and some say the only 2 true peaks in the Peak District. Here it is sort of. What went wrong?
The most obvious fault is that I did not get the camera high enough. I had calculated that the overall difference between the point from where I was, to clearing the surrounding hills would be approx 145m or 475 feet. I normally fly off a 500 foot line. I did in fact climb Parkhouse (the one one the right) by roughly 30m vertical to ensure I made up the loss of height for the flying angle and the camera was attached very close to the kite. What I could not account for was the wind speed and direction. To avoid updaughts, downdraughts and standing waves I have long held the opinion that to fly safely here you need either a NW or a SE wind. In both cases the wind is more likely to slide off the hills. That's yet to be proved but certainly here the SE wind dropped off at height, so getting higher proved impossible and I ended up with a slack line.

So I'll have to re-do this project again but it has at least given me the idea of where to fly from in the future.
Just a technical note regarding height and the UK Rules of the Air. Yes I'm bending them here. 60m agl is the limit but no aircraft transiting these Peaks should be below 500 feet agl anyway, as those are the rules too.

My thanks to the farmers of Dowall Hall Farm & Glutton Grange Farm for allowing me to fly off their property.

Lutz Treczoks Cody

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