Kites in Colorado

by Larry
(Westminster, Colorado, USA)

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide

Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide
Barn Door Kite On Its Way Up
Granddaughter, Kayleigh
X-1 Dowel Barn Door

I enjoy the site very much, and we love the Dowel Barn Door! Hopefully, I will correctly post a couple of pics here and there. We live in a northwest suburb of Denver, Colorado.

I wanted to share the beautiful scenery we have every day at our flying spot. That's the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide in the background. Those mountains create some of craziest wind patterns in North America. Its always a challenge.

Here also, is a pic my granddaughter, Kayleigh, as we launch our "X-1 Dowel Barn Door". It was made from a $1.88 emergency blanket. It flew beautifully all of last summer.

I include a shot of Kayleigh just because she's so pretty! The line she's holding leads to an XKite Sky Diamond. They cost a buck and she has about 300 feet of line out, so all we can see is the line.

Soon we'll be flying the new X-2 Barn Door.

Thanks for being there.

Larry Shaffer
Denver, Colorado

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4 pics - thanks!
by: Tim Parish

Not many people bother to post 4 pictures, so thanks for that.

Glad to hear that the Dowel Barn Door kite has been such a good reliable flier for you!

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Wind Speeds


Light breeze

6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
38–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6