Then at last the Midi opened again last Saturday so I was straight up there. There was a reasonable wind and I wasn't sure if it was wise to by flying it on my own or if I would be able to set it up on my own without it blowing away. I decided to persevere though and dug a bit of a trench to lay it out in and put snow on the trailing edges etc to hold it in place. It fluttered a bit but seemed OK so I paid out the lines, untelescoped my poles and put them into my rucksack, wrist leash one, clipped in, into the ski's and gently inflated the wing and then WHOOOOF and we were off.
It was actually really good conditions, just the right amount of wind. Easy enough to go across the wind, down wind or up wind. I cruised around the whole Col du Midi area at a good speed converting it to air at the end of a leg before heading back the opposite way.
Then the wind started to pick up, and at first it was cool because it just got a bit faster and then a bit faster but then I flew into some turbulence (too close to the S Face of the Midi) and the wing lost its shape and then re-inflated all messed up. Then it got scary as it was quite hard to control. But I managed to get it to the floor at the upwind edge of the window, good technique I thought. However I was missing the "experienced helper to take hold of the kite" (from the manual for collapsing in high winds) which was causing me some concern and did make it quite exciting wrapping it up. And then all that was left was to climb back up to the midi to catch the lift down. DAY #3.
Thank you to Richard Lundberg for the pictures