Slowly but steady I am diving more and more into the marvelous world of paragliding.
I am getting a better feeling for the handling of the equipment, becoming more sensitive to what the glider is doing in the wind, gaining more self-confidence with “not so perfect” conditions – and still be much aware of the risk that simply comes along when you are running head-first down the mountain and when you end up with a lot of air below you.
So far though I am soaking up every little new experience, every input, every connection I can get – to learn how to manage different weather, different starting/landing sites and to eventually experience the finest art of paragliding: Cross-Country flying and being able to make it from one thermal spot to the next and to fly for hours and hours.
Free like a bird. Combining it with hiking up the mountain, gaining it, with sleeping outside – and to add aerial photography.
That´s what my understanding of freedom and enjoying time outside is.
Alright, enough poetic bla-bla… :-) Let´s switch to the hard facts:
- Location Take-Off: Zwölferhorn (1500m)
- Location Landing Site: St. Gilgen at Wolfgangsee (600m)
- Equipment and weight: Advance Alpha 5.31 (The infamous “Training-Tank”) with a starting setup for Hike & Fly adding up to 16kg (incl. camera gear though)
- Hike # 1 and 2: 5.12km – 900m ascent – 1:14hrs (identical on both hikes… whoup!)
Got caught by the Zwölferhorn Webcam. You can clearly see the light tailwind.
Well, the take-off site up there allows to run very long in order to gain enough speed. Wasn´t ideal – but I was suprised how well it worked out anyway. “You want it?” “Then run… RUN! RUN! RUN!”
More paragliding tours? Then let’s take a look at the other ones: Category “Paragliding”