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.

National Geographic Live! : George Steinmetz: Seeing the World by Paraglider

Sure I know you’re gonna say flying a Paraglider with a motor is cheating, and normally I’d agree with you! But this video is all about the adventure and experiences of free flying.

George Steinmetz only took up Powered Paragliding to get better pictures. To get to all those ‘impossible-to-get-to’ places. For the stunning view. For the freedom it gave him to explore. And that’s what Paragliding is all about, motored or not.

George is a great storyteller and an epic photographer for National Geographic. He’s an explorer and getting arrested seems to come with his job. Hope you enjoy this inspiring documentary 🙂

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