Dave Turner of Sierra Paragliding is going on a solo paragliding expedition to the European Alps, where he will be making the longest vol-biv (paraglider flying & camping) trip ever attempted. He is starting on the west side of the Alps, and will fly all the way to the eastern side, unsupported and solo, just to turn around and hike and fly back to his starting point. This will be a 70 day solo adventure of more than 1,500 miles.
My name is Dave Turner (32) from Mammoth Lakes, California. I am a paragliding and tandem instructor, and also the founder of Sierra Paragliding. Since finding flying in 2010, I’ve quit my job as a professional climber and mountain guide, and have been flying full time ever since. In 2011 I moved from living in Yosemite Valley, to the Eastern Sierra of California to pursue big adventure flying- because that’s where my heart is at. I have an extensive background in big, solo alpine climbing, and have transferred that ability and mental awareness now to XC and vol-biv flying with paragliders.
In the last few seasons, I’ve accumulated many big flights and records, some of which are:
First full crossing of California’s High Sierra, in an east-west direction
California distance record- 277 km (172.2 miles)
Solo vol-biv from Chamonix to Slovenia and back to Dolomites
Solo vol-biv in California’s Sierra Nevada
I will be covering this entire process (training, preparing, flying, hiking) via many forms of web and social media outlets.
Ozone Paragliders is sponsoring the expedition, by providing the paraglider set-up. Big thanks to Ozone, you rule!
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