Hang Glider Launching on Mt7, Golden, BC, CanadaTake Off, Eh!

Hello and welcome! This is the official website and your definitive information source for The Willi XC Challenge – a hang gliding and paragliding event held annually at the fantastic Mount 7 flying site in Golden, BC.

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We apologize for the delay in getting back to everyone about plans for the Willi. As you know, with Covid restrictions and lockdowns, things have been uncertain. As of today, except for essential travel, no one is supposed to be travelling into or within B.C. until at least after May 25. And it looks like that uncertainty could very well last into the summer. Besides the obvious problem of getting to the event, we wonder about the likely reception we would receive from the local community even after things open up more.

On the other hand, pilots continue to show interest in attending. 36 pilots responded to our survey, with 35 expressing an interest in attending. You can see the full survey results here…http://survey.corporatecompass.com/r/486057_601d80e6a6fee1.17896276

Barring the worst happening, we expect we will see pilots in flying Golden during the planned dates of the Willi (Week 1 July 24-Aug 8). And we just can’t stand to go another year without an event. So, we’re planning to run a stripped-down comp at a minimum, and will ready to add features and events as health restrictions and time allow. We have agreed with the Splashdown organizers to delay our proposed partnership until 2022.

The stripped-down event will be run as virtually as we can…

  • Flying days for the Willi will be extended to 2 weeks, allowing you to count flights flown from July 24 to Aug 8.
  • Flights may be flown and scored from launches in the upper Columbia Valley, including Mt.7, Swansea, and Wasa. Pilots are required to comply with local site rules and restrictions, with reported violations resulting in 0 points for the flight.
  • Mostly the same rules as a normal Willi – fly as much as you want, top 3 scoring flights count, etc.
  • Tracking will be required – Dannie will be watching and we will coordinate with local RCMP, SAR, etc. to ensure the flying is as safe as possible.
  • All registration, tech sign-up, waivers to be done on-line.
  • No face-to-face meetings, but we will do a morning briefing online with weather, tips, daily and Willi-Make-It winners, and perhaps a draw or 2.
  • No parties or other formal social gatherings. We’d like to have the tent up for shelter and there may be beer there, but we’ll ask everyone to abide by the Covid gathering and masking rules in place at the time.
  • Scoring will be done online as per usual, and awards presented via video conference.

As we get closer to the event and know more about the Covid restrictions in place, we will add features as possible. There will be an obviously lower meet fee to cover essentials to run the comp (we’re working that out now), and if we add features later, they will be pay-as-you-go.

Expect to see another announcement from us within the next week or 10 days with details about the base fee and how to sign up. Thanks all for your continued interest and participation. If you have questions for us, email flyfar@thewilli.com and we’ll do our best to answer them.

The Willi Team


If you need encouragement

Check out some of the action in this video from Jean Brossard who came all the way from New Zealand to fly with us again in 2016, after a 14 year absence.


Our Goals…

To run a meet where all type and level of foot-launched pilot have an opportunity to…

  • Pursue their personal best in a competitive environment;
  • Meet and enjoy the company of fellow pilots;
  • Fly safely at all times; and,
  • Above all, have fun.

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.

VideoFlying XC in Golden, BC during the 2013 Willi Muller XC Challenge – by Steven Semisch

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 key word 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, there’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. You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day. In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well. This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.

And it isn’t just about the flying. Golden is a great setting. We’re planning a full schedule of learning and social activities that will keep pilots, drivers and their families busy all week.

Be sure to check the News Updates on this site to get the latest event information.

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Thanks. See you in Golden!