Red Bull X-Alps 2019 day 12

Day 12 was the last day of the race. Having declared my night pass, I began at 3am (after an “early” night, it helped me escape the heat) and hiked to a high point to glide in the direction of Mt Viso. A thermal flight before the midday race finish was aborted due to stronger than expected northerly winds. I later flew down and rejoined my supporters, and we camped in Southern France. The next day I enjoyed a quick sight seeing flight in the incredible heat wave conditions on the way to Monaco for the party. We then spent a night in Milan and Munich to complete our trip in Europe.

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Red Bull X-Alps 2019 day 11

Day 11 began in the famous Chamonix valley. First up a hike and glide to Mt Joly, west of Mont Blanc, then the heat wave continued as I pieced together a high route to St Hilaire, tagging it at the end of the day after a couple of hikes to get over high passes and a whole day flying completely alone in the mountains.

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Red Bull X-Alps 2019 day 10

Day 10 started with a hike to a snowy pass and a beautiful glide down to the slopes of Niesen, one of Switzerland’s most famous paragliding sites. Another hot and sunny day and barely anyone around, for the most part I had the skies to myself as I flew towards France. I wasn’t able to get a climb after crossing the Rhone valley so I had to hike up for an evening flight into Chamonix.

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Red Bull X-Alps 2019 day 9

Day 9 started by waving thanks to my dairy farmer hosts, for a quick hike and glide to the slopes of Titlis, and a long climb to reach the turn point (and extra supplies from Mum). Then to avoid airspace I took a long glide down to the bottom of the valley to start again! A hot cloudless day, too stable for thermals, with some spectacular imposing scenery on the way to Eiger. Six flights in total followed by a night in the hay in a mountain barn.

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Red Bull X-Alps 2019 day 8

Day 8 started in the Rhine near Chur. A cloudy start delayed things and with low cloud base flying was a challenge. Ideally we would top land Titlis (over 3000m altitude) and fly off before airspace opened the next morning, but low cloud looked to make that impossible – especially after crossing through the mountains to the north. Landing at 7pm I raced up Surenen pass for a last minute glide down.

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