New World Record? Speed Flying off the Great Wall of China

Jon Potter of Pittsburgh Paragliding claims to be the first to Paraglide off the Great Wall of China. 

In a video posted by Jon this morning, he takes off from the Great Wall of China and flies downhill for about 19 seconds before safely landing on the slopes.

Apparently he did receive permission for his flight though at the end of the clip he says, “The guards are laughing. We’re good!”

Jon, the owner of Pittsburgh Paragliding, is a professional Speedflyer as well as Paraglider, BASE jumper and Skydiver. He is a world record holding speedflyer – first to fly off two world wonders; Machu Picchu in Peru and Petra in Jordan. He is sponsored by Live Jaunt to travel and fly off the Seven Wonders of the World.

Source: Yahoo NewsPittsburgh Paragliding

Video | Extreme Lives: Kingdom Of The Clouds [2000]

This classic film, Kingdom of the Clouds, is a pioneering Himilayan Vol Bivouac footage with Bob Drury and Rob Whittall from 2000.

This is an approximately 4th-generation digital transcode made by Kym Fielke from an old VHS video tape copy of the program aired by the BBC in 2000. So you’re getting not just a poor quality image, but superbly crafted poor quality! It’s still very enjoyable and one of paragliding’s historically defining vol bivouac films, along with John Silvester’s classic ‘From Nowhere To The Middle Of Nowhere’. You’re also seeing Rob and Bob flying Ozone’s very first wing, the much loved sporty Octane.

Official program description:
Insight into British paragliders Rob Whittall and Bob Drury’s flight over the Himalayas of west Nepal, one of the world’s most remote mountain ranges, where they endure a limited diet and surprise inhabitants with their unannounced stopovers.
From the BBC’s ‘Extreme Lives’ 6-part series.

We Are Here To Fly – Marvin Ogger and Tim Alongi visit Cape Town

Dirty Habits spent the last few days of the Cape Town season with two of the craziest freestyle paragliders, Red Bull’s Marvin Ogger &  Tim Alongi. I knew from the moment i met them, (they dropped out the sky and landed on a narrow hiking trail to Lions Head, on the side of a steep mountain… Read More

Source: Dirty Habits

Avoiding Blowback

© Jeff Greenbaum

Being blown behind a ridge or a mountain is one of the greatest hazards of Paragliding. Once you get into a blow-back situation, the penalties include power lines, extreme rotor turbulence, tree landings, and possible death or injuries from any of these. Prevention is the best way to avoid such a scenario. Jeff Greenbaum discusses the prevention techniques in his article on the Airtime of San Francisco website.

Here is a summary, but we recommend reading the full article.

  • If you are new to a site, get a full introduction from the locals.
  • Check the Wind Speeds with an anemometer before you fly.
  • Have a speed system ready on your glider. This means connected, adjusted, and ready for use.
  • Know that the winds can be dramatically stronger and dangerous as you ascend at any flying site.
  • Continuously monitor the wind speeds as you fly. Do this via your crab angle and lateral ground speed along the ridge.
  • Avoid flying higher on windy days.
  • If you do fly higher in strong winds, fly well upwind of the cliffs as you ascend and traverse the cliff or ridge.
  • Know how and when to penetrate out in front and how to descend to lower winds.
  • Penetrate and get down as soon as you notice that the wind is getting strong. When you get on your speed bar, your purpose should be getting down, not staying up in the strong winds.
  • Avoid the area above and behind the top of the cliff at all times.

Full article