GoPro goes Cheap and Tiny

The perfect entry-level GoPro, for only €124.99

If you’ve been wanting to jump on the GoPro train but feeling too technologically challenged to justify spending the money… now’s your chance! GoPro just announced the HERO, a scaled-back, entry-level model that’s perfect for first-time GoPro-ers who don’t need the top-of-the-line features found in GoPro’s flagship cameras. And the cost? Only €124.99

HERO delivers the same immersive footage that’s made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world—all in a simplified experience that’s easy for everyone.

1080p video at 30fps
720p video at 60fps
5MP stills at up to five frames a second
QuickCapture and Burst Photo modes
Wide-angle lens for getting more in your shots
Integrated waterproof housing that keeps your Hero dry to an advertised 131 feet

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Paragliding Across the Alps – in a Wheelchair

Vincent Delepeleire, a paraplegic who paraglides in his wheelchair, if successful, will be the first disabled person to complete a human-powered paragliding crossing of the European Alps.

On July 15, Vincent and his four team members will depart on the month-long expedition to paraglide the length of the European Alps, from Austria to Monaco. While this is not the first time the 620-mile-journey has been attempted, an athlete has never accomplished it by handcycling – instead of hiking or driving – in between landings and launches. The endeavor, dubbed Handi Cap Au Large, will see the team roughly following the course of the Red Bull X-Alps, a grueling adventure race where participants paraglide and hike across the Alps.

Delepeleire, 24, and his teammates all grew up in the same region of France and started paragliding together in 2009. After Delepeleire lost the use of his legs in a work accident in 2011, they co-founded In Cloud, a non-profit dedicated to adaptive sports adventures. This is In Cloud’s first major undertaking. Read more…

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The Hexagon Theory – Bruce Goldsmith

In this Icaristics article Bruce Goldsmith explains the Hexagon Theory (thermal cloud forming and cloudstreets) and how to use it for flatland flying.

I first found out about the hexagon theory of cloud formation in 1992. It helped my own understanding of the sky and improved my XC flying significantly. I wrote an Icaristics about it at the time. Since then I have always had it in the back of my mind when looking at cloud formations.

Let me start by explaining the Hexagon Theory from the beginning. In the 1980s there was a group of French meteorologists who went on a trip to the Sahara to study the way that clouds form in a region with no thermal sources… click to continue

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Adriatic Circle – The Longest ‘Hike and Fly’

Adriatic Circle – The longest ‘hike and fly’

Six countries, 1,800km, two paraglider pilots, one adventure: the longest hike and fly ever done.

Adventurers Tom de Dorlodot and Paul Guschlbauer have embarked on an epic quest: The Adriatic Circle. It will be the longest paragliding trip ever – they’ll cover 1,800km in their bid to hike and fly across three mountain ranges, starting and finishing in Ancona, Italy, passing iconic mountains like Mt Blanc and the Grossglockner, before completing a 150km paramotor flight across the Adriatic from Zadar, Croatia. Red Bull is covering it all live – Click here.