New Zealand paragliding record, continued

We thought last summer was amazing but already this year we have been flying further than ever before, and it’s only the first week of January. We’ve had some European visitors (it’s slowly catching on) who have probably wondered what all this talk about the norwester is about (after a scary start to the season), the locals have taken to vol biv as if it’s the next big thing, and it seems like nearly every day is a 100 km day. Until I flew 200 – and then did it again – a first for New Zealand.

20151207_185426.jpg

Mt Cook in the distance, shrouded in cloud

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vol biv in South America

Late in 2006 I decided to learn to fly, but first I underwent knee surgery and during my recovery an exploratory tour of South America, always intending to return some day. Having limited information about flying there and requiring some basic Spanish the second highest mountain range in the world offers some amazing potential for adventure. In the last few months traversing the Andes from north to south I went back to the bold unsupported discovery mode I operated on here during my first visit, but with the additional depth of experience that vol biv offers between the obligatory long stints in buses. Having recently got engaged and signing up for a meteorology course next year it’s been a busy time and this trip felt somewhat like a “last hurrah”. I hope to write more about each trip (considering putting a book together soon) but here is a preview, as short as I can make it.

Another dream flight ticked off in the heart of South America

Another dream flight ticked off in the heart of South America

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wanaka hike and fly

Ideas for a hike and fly event in New Zealand

image

Towards Wanaka from over Sentinel peak

Objectives
Encourage group participation in hike and fly, as a social event
Competitive arena to improve skills and judgement
Encourage new thinking and creative routes with the different scoring system.
Potential to showcase the sport

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Xalps 2015 race diary – part 3

After a great flight across Switzerland I was no longer calculating whether I was on track to reach Monaco before the July 17th deadline – France was just around the corner. With a great weather forecast I was in a good position and things were going really well.

DAY 9: VERBIER, MONT BLANC, ANNECY’

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Xalps 2015 race diary – part 2

Continuing on from the initial German / Austrian segment of the race, where I was silly enough to give the Europeans a big head start, I had a lot of catching up to do. With a bit more airtime I started to climb up the rankings.

Turn points 4-7

Turn points 4-7

DAY 5: TIMMELSJOCH, PASSO DI CASTRIN

Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment