The Willi XC Challenge - a hang gliding and paragliding event held annually at the fantastic Mount 7 flying site in Golden, BC. Known by the regulars as “The Willi”, this co-ed hang gliding/paragliding meet began in 1997 and has evolved into a great annual get-together for pilots from across Canada, the US and elsewhere.
With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America. This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.
Don’t let the word “competition” deter you. The keyword for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment. For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, here’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site. This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots.
And it isn’t just about the flying. Golden is a great setting, and the base at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch (where the primary LZ is also located) offers tenting and RV accommodation. With a full schedule of learning and social activities that will keep pilots, drivers and their families busy all week.
For more information visit the Willi XC Challenge.
Location: Mount 7 Launch Site and Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch.