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
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
It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but as I progress through my Club Pilot Rating new experiences in paragliding begin to stand out as significant in my journey to being a qualified flyer. Up until now, every time my feet left the ground I always had that “sinking feeling”.
The Redbull X-Alps It’s something of an understatement to say that I’ve become fascinated by the iconic X-Alps hike and fly competition. So much so that I’ve managed to convince my wife to align our family holiday with the beginning of the event in Salzburg in July this year so
Insane, crazy and utterly inspiring is the only way I can describe Fledglings. Pro Climbers and Paraglider pilots Cedar Wright and Matt Segal take us on an adventure to fly off Mexico’s highest mountain Pico De Orizaba, and as relative new comers to the sport their enthusiasm is completely infectious.
So as I progress through my paragliding “career”, I’m with hit new terms and sayings unique to the sport. Skydiving is full of them. For example: Hop-n-Pop : low altitude jump where you deploy straight out the door. Whuffo: A person who doesn’t jump out of planes. (Derived from an
Reservations about Reserves One of the truly great things about paragliding is that it is a relatively cheap and accessible way of getting into the air and experiencing flight on very basic technology. The idea of being able to hike in the hills with a backpack weighing less than 10kg
If you’ve ever taken part in parachuting at any of the BPA Drop Zones in the UK, you’ll have a reasonable idea that it’s a fairly tightly controlled sport, at least in this country. (!) There is, in fact, an eleven point checklist that must be in place before anyone
I’m a regular listener to Judith Mole’s excellent Podcast website theparaglider.com. I find there’s a lot of useful information for flyers of all experience levels and for me it’s a great mix of stories and advice. Her interview with Tim Bishop really struck a chord with me in terms of
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