St Arnaud PG League and XC Camp February 2017

St Arnaud Paragliding League and XC Camp

Saturday 11th February to Sunday 19th February 2017
(Incorporating a Tasman Regional Competition)

(This expands slightly on what has been published in the November Airborn magazine).

The St Arnaud Paragliding League will be a NZHGPA Regional Competition, giving the opportunity to gain National Ladder (pilot ranking system) points. It has also has been sanctioned as a FAI Category 2 competition, giving the opportunity to gain international WPRS points. Come along just for the XC Camp if you’d prefer to just fly XC without a set task and designated flying time. The events’ HQ will be a rented holiday cottage in St Arnaud.

Here is a location photo: St Arnaud area, on Flickr

Paragliding League Specifics

Regional Comp. Dates: Feb 17 – 19, 2017 (Fri-Sun).

Contact: Tim Percival 03 548 7397 or 022 646 3864

Task Format: Standard competition tasks.

First Briefing: First briefing for the regional competition will be at the comp HQ, 125 Main Road, St Arnaud, on Friday morning (17th) at 9:15 am. Registration, to fill out competition entry forms, begins the evening before or from 8:15 am on the Friday morning.

Competition waypoints: Competition waypoints may be downloaded from the Paragliding Competition Downloads page of, look for “Nelson Competition Waypoints 2016” (there are four file formats available – .wpt, .gpx, .csv and .pdf; note that the waypoints are unchanged from 2016).

Sites: Mt Murchison, Inwoods Lookout, Blowhard and Mt Robert (walking access, depending on attendees).

Cost: $5 suggested donation per day, maximum $15.

Required for Safety: PG2 + 20 hours, reserve, back protection, GPS, UHF Radio, maps.

XC Camp Specifics

Come along just for the XC Camp if you’d prefer to just fly XC without a set task and designated flying time.

Dates: To be run concurrently over the days Saturday, February 11 to Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Day format: Fly XC and see how far you can get. There should be opportunities for comp pilots to over-fly goal on the comp days. Come for the whole 9 days or just the good days. Lodge your flights in person or by telephone to the HQ each evening if you wish to enter the friendly XC competition (your best four XC flights count). Verification by GPS track log or by traditional means (i.e. take off and landing witnesses) if, say, you forgot to turn your track logging on.

Sites: Same as above.

Cost: $5 – $10 suggested donation for the week.

Required for Safety: PG2 + 20 hours, reserve, back protection, GPS, UHF Radio, maps.

General Information for Both Events


I am pleased to announce that from Mac Para NZ, we have a spot prize of a 12 months’ subscription to Cross Country magazine. All participants of the XC Camp will go into the draw to win this spot prize.


St. Arnaud is an excellent place for a long weekend with a variety of accommodation available including good tenting in the DoC campground, backpackers, and cheap holiday houses and baches for easy rental if you are a little organised. It has a shop and an all important bar. The events’ HQ this year is a bach/holiday house. The beds of the HQ bach have already been allocated, but contact Tim if you would like to coordinate with other pilots for renting a different holiday house in the village.


The sites we will be using are high sites (up to 1450m ASL), so they make for some very scenic and exhilarating flying around the St. Arnaud area, which is the northern-most end of the Southern Alps. (The site records for Inwoods Lookout, Blowhard, Mt Murchison and Mt Robert are 116km, 110km, 95km and 91km respectively).

Traditionally February is a good time for flying these sites, with fairly settled weather.


Mt. Murchison requires 4WD vehicles so if you have one, it would be good to bring it. Vehicles used on forestry access roads must be equipped with fire extinguishers (be sure to contact Tim beforehand if you will need to get one for your vehicle).

For more information contact: Tim Percival, 47A Brook Street, Nelson, ph. 03 548 7397 or 022 646 3864,


Tim Percival
Tasman Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club


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