The monsoonal affect finally vanished punctually on the 8th of October.
It was time for the local people to bring in the harvest, and everywhere hay was being made,and piled high for the coming winter. The flying conditions were classic Bir, and each day on landing the LZ became a little bigger and easier as the grass was continued to be cut by hand.
On the 20th October an even bigger day arrived, and 6 of us set off over the back to Barot, then further back to the main Dhaludar mountains, a 5000m chain that links Dharamsala to Manali.
There was Jules and Debu, Jim and Eddie, Wolfgang, Mike and myself, racing along this awesome ridge at 5300m, glorying in the majesty, shouting at the wind. The Solang landing at the end of the Manali valley came along too soon, and Jules and me crossed the Rotang, continuing to Keylong in the big snowies, a site that Bob Drury and Ulric Jessop had pioneered in the last few years.
Jim took lots of photos, and i will upload them when i find a usb port! They will speak volumes compared to my words.So now there are 3 ‘routes’ to Manali, the high route, the low route and the SUPER HIGHWAY, flown by Julien robinson, Mike Laengle, Debu Chandery, Jim Mallinson, Eddie Colfox, Wolfgang and me on the 20th october 2009…Bir is truly Brilliant!