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.

Skylarking – Daydreaming About a Big Blue Sky


Beautiful soundscape meditation on flying, the sky and freedom on BBC Radio 3. With contributions by Jim Mallinson of Himalayan Sky Safaris and the film Temples in the Clouds, also lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Cathy FitzGerald meets a prisoner and a paraglider in this airy daydream about the delights of looking up at a big blue sky. Includes cameos from levitating yogis, labradors with wings and freewheeling angels, plus a specially composed score by Joe Acheson and the Hidden Orchestra.

Please note Skylarking is a lawn-based, horizontal radio feature best experienced from the comfort of a picnic blanket with a long drink, a soft pillow and a view of the sky.

Does the lenghtening of your tongue give you the power of flight? Who wrote Sky Event for John Lennon? Relax to the sound of the vario-bird and find out here.

Nokia Xtreme Coding – Paragliding

In an effort to draw attention to the Nokia Apps Store and show just how quick and easy it is to publish apps for its Nokia X smartphones, Nokia has kicked off a contest called the Xtreme Coding Challenge. Basically it tasks developers to publish their apps in as extreme conditions as possible. The first video released by Nokia features a developer by the name of Jackson Feijo over in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who decided to paraglide over a mountain in Brazil while publishing his app!

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