X-Scotia 2021

X-Scotia 2021 After more than 13 years absent, the X-Scotia Hike and Fly race was resurrected as an informal get together of like minded Paraglider pilots in the Highlands of Scotland. Little did the organisers know that these events are exploding in popularity and, much to my delight and surprise, I was chosen as one of the lucky dozen who were allowed to take part. So 12 of us gathered in a field near Aviemore Read more…

Ben Dorain – Hike and Fly – 23-April 2021

The weather in April has been unusually good for paragliding this year, so I took the opportunity to make the most of it and take a day off for Hike and Fly training.  Starting with Ben Dorain, this mountain is an iconic landmark for anyone driving north of Tyndrum and rises in a massive “cone” shape above Bridge of Orchy. I had a number of Munros planned beginning with Ben Dorain itself, then trekking over Read more…

HiLo Vario

The HiLo Vario

The HiLo Vario A couple of years ago, on a particularly thermic flight near my home in Central Scotland, I was flying with two vario’s. I had a standard vario mounted on my harness and another one running as an app on an old smart phone in my pocket. As I went up and down through multiple thermals (I was only just over a year into the sport at the time) the noise from my Read more…

Free Solo – Alex Honnold

This is a paragliding blog and I don’t do climbing. It’s also fair to say that I’ve fallen asleep in dozens of movies in the past ten years all churned out by the Hollywood film making machine. You know the kind, big loud characters who are on a personal crusade to save the World from some form of evil. I sometimes wonder what people sitting behind me think when they see my head slumped to Read more…

Normalisation of Deviance

Normalisation of Deviance

Really enjoyed this article by Lesley Gale (editor of Skydive Mag) explaining the normalisation of bad habits and how these can filter into your everyday routines. https://www.smallteaser.com/@lesleygale/normalization-of-deviance-beware I had the pleasure of being trained by some very good skydiving instructors at a very safety conscience club, and during my student years was taught the importance of good systems and procedures. These habits still live with me today more than 25 years after my initial skydiving Read more…

Nylon Wing Low Save

Saved by the hand of God (kind of)

There’s not many feelings in paragliding better than having a “Low Save”. Just when you think you’re about to bomb out and be forced into an early landing, along comes that lucky Thermal. It’s like a big hand has come out of the sky and pulled you back up to where you really want to be, soaring high with the rest of the gaggle. Thankfully, the whole event was recorded on my GoPro and immortalised Read more…

What goes up must come down…

There’s a few things in the history of humanity that have gone up and never come down. The Voyager space probes (1 and 2), now left the solar system. The Apollo 11 Eagle module (currently sitting somewhere on the Lunar surface). The price of bitcoin. (well ok, this one goes up and down at times) But I have to admit, sometimes in paragliding, it’s best to come down with a packed backpack and your body Read more…

nylonwing.com

Taming the Wild Stallion (aka surviving Ground Handling)

After a couple of years in this sport I’m beginning realise that one of the hardest parts of paragliding is not the flying, but the art of getting the wing inflated and in the air. I, like many others that I’ve spoken to, have been dragged, quite some distance in fact, and I’ve got the grass and mud stains on my harness to prove it. I’ve been pulled through thorny bushes, over rocks, and once Read more…

Chrigel Maurer

What does Chrigel know?

Having spent many hours of my Swiss holiday watching the Live Tracking on the Red Bull X-Alps, and driving my family mad with constant updates on progress, it was great to see that Gavin McClurg has now interviewed the five times winner of this insane event, Chrigel Maurer. I’ve done marathons before, but to see these athletes hiking that distance and more, day after day with a 10kg pack and ascending Alpine mountains, the stamina Read more…