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.
We’ll be publishing information and regular news updates here as we head into the 2016 flying season. Or, follow us on Facebook…
Planning has already started for next year. Clear the dates now: July 22 through August 1, 2016 (flying days July 23rd to 31st). Don’t miss it!
Going RETRO in 2016…
2016 will be bigger and better! We will be celebrating the 20th Willi, the 25th year of paragliding competition, and 40+ years of hang gliding in the Columbia Valley. All pilots who have flown Golden, past and present, are invited to join us for a Retro Night, Saturday, July 30 – a band, dancing, old friends and likely some stories! Wear an old t-shirt or flight suit, and enjoy a reunion with old pilots and new. You don’t need to participate in the Willi to attend. Ticket info soon. See you there.
2015 was a Record Year!
118 pilots registered, most ever in a Canadian free flight competition. And, 16,000+ kms flown by competitors over the week, including a flight to the US border.
Here’s a flight video made by a 2015 participant, Frank Rens, who joined us from Belgium…
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.
Video – Flying 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, and our base at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch (where the primary LZ is also located) offers top end tenting and RV accomodation. We’re planning a full schedule of learning and social activities that will keep pilots, drivers and their families busy all week.
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Thanks. See you in Golden, BC summer of 2016!