Soar Big Walker Mountain, Virginia
Jim Bogle's Premier Flying Site
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Big Walker Mountain Sky Pirates
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- Faces slightly N of NW (~328 deg, flyable W to N)
- Steep and wide slope launch, suitable for hang gliders and paragliders
- 900' elevation above LZ, ~5:1 glide
- Large manicured LZ with up-slope landings in all directions, and two flat areas for wheel landings.
The site has three port-a-johns, picnic tables, free firewood, a firepit, free camping electricity, running water and a heated shower.
- H-3/P-3 required, although experienced H-2/P-2 can fly in the right conditions and with an experienced local mentor.
- Must be current USHPA member, and fly with helmet and reserve parachute.
- Annual dues are $100.
- GPS: N37.13317047973985, W80.8973991620129
- On I-77 in Virginia, take exit 52 onto Route 42 at Bland, Va. Travel East on Rt 42 for 10 miles then take a right fork on Rt 738. Follow Rt 738 for 3.7 miles then take a left on State Rte 670 (Mt Zion Rd). The LZ will be 0.5 miles on the left, and Jim Bogle's house is across the road from the LZ.
- Jim's phone number: (276) 688-4969
- Mail: 472 Mt Zion Rd; Bland, VA 24315
- Detailed Directions and Maps
Sweet evening air
Big Walker's landowner, Jim Bogle - retrieving a glider with his special cart
The Amish are frequent spectators
Big Walker USHPA Magazine Article - appeared in August 2015 issue
of the magazine.
Building the Big Walker Launch - in 2003 the pilot community came
together to build the current launch.
It required a substantial investment of cash and labor. This is a pdf copy of a printed
photo book presented to Jim Bogle (large file - 60+ MB)
(updated May 31, 2020)