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KAP session ends in a tree
Yesterday I did a KAP session at the 'Elsa' farm-stead. National Monument, built in 1890. The roof-tiles have an interesting pattern. I used my 3,5 meter Genki. It is my favorite kite for KAP and I have used it for over 20 years. You could say it's been thoroughly tested. I launched my kite from a field upwind from some high trees. After 10 minutes of flying the kite overflew with a camera in the line. This does not happen often, but normally Genki's take a spin and return to a normal position. Not this time. To my surprise it dove into a tree in a straight line. My camera was still safely hanging from the line, a few meters above the ground. I got the rig of the line and tried to pull the kite from the tree. To no avail. I decided to drive home to pick up my telescopic window cleaning pole. It is 9 meters long. I taped some steel wire to it and improvised a hook. After a while I managed to grab the bridle and I tried to pull the kite down. This caused the top segment of the telescopic pole to loosen. I now had a part of the telescopic pole plus my kite dangling over my head at 8 meters height. I did some MacGyver stuff with tape and cardboard and thus managed to get the segment of the telescopic pole back. I attached a line to the hook and this proved a succesfull strategy. I managed to grab the bridle and pull the kite out of the tree. In the end I got my kite and line back undamaged. This was quite a relief and more than I expected given the circumstances. The shots turned out OK.