I definitely flew my highest too. At a guess, maybe 1200 metres. (Mark probably made it to 1500m.) It started to get a little cold. It's going to be weird when we make it to 3000m.
Launching and landing seem second nature now. The stress has ebbed away and I can focus on making sure I'm safe rather than pandering to unfounded fears. I understand the equipment and I know when it's setup right. I feel like I've got the process down fairly well now.
There are three things Mark and I lack:
- Instruments (we need a vario/altimeter and GPS)
- Meteorological knowledge
- Time in the air (learning how to stay in a thermal, judge distances/height, etc.)