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
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
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
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
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