It has been a month since I first started reading about KAP
. What an experience. Today was my first KAP session, and my first time flying a real kite
When I got out of the car, there was a nice little wind felt on my face, so I thought the Fled
would do it - perfect for "low" wind. (Bad judgment!) The Fled wanted to fly before I fully assembled it. Once I was done, it flew right off my hand, and the line managed to cut through my expensive a$$ "pro" skin 3/4 gloves
. I was too excited, so I let about 100ft of line out.
The pull was so strong, I would've trusted my SLR on it. In an attempt to anchor my line to a figure 8 belay device
using the knot
I practiced at home, my knot failed miserably, and the kite was climbing further. I figured it was a bad idea, and it's time to stop. Here I wished I brought a friend. There was no easy way to pull the kite down, or walk-it-down, especially that I couldn't anchor it. So using the hoop winder, I started winding the line back slowly (which I read was a big no no), and noises started coming out of the line and winder. Kite came down successfully. I read scary tales of the FF16 but none of the Fled.
Anyway, I was too excited, I couldn't give up. So I practiced a double lark's head knot
on the fig. 8 belay device before my next launch. This time, I used the Sutton Flow Form 16
with 200lb test line. The kite flew fine, with not much of a pull. It would slack occasionally, but seemed ok. So I tied my AutoKAP BEAK
rig and it climbed slowly. It was too close to the ground in many cases, but I managed to retrieve it with no crashes.
What would you have done differently? Would you advise a 200lb test with the Fled or a 100lb test with the FF16? There seemed to be a sweet spot between my Fled and FF16 today, but it was enjoyable none the less.
My lesson for today was: next time, bring a friend. I really admire everybody who kaps solo.
And a thank you for everyone who contributed to my journey. Cris Benton for the inspiration
. Brooks Leffler for making it possible
, not mention the great support every step of the way. Peter Engels
for the encouragement.