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Cross Country 152: What’s in this issue

Cross Country 152: What’s in this issue

“AHHHHH! There’s nothing like the smell of printed paper!” The latest issue of Cross Country magazine was fresh off the press at the recent Stubai Cup in Austria. Handing it to Chrigel Maurer and Pal Takats at the same time both pilots immediately did the same thing: opened the pages, bent back the spine and […]

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Welcome to 24,000ft: What’s in issue 151

Welcome to 24,000ft: What’s in issue 151

• Get Cross Country 151 now! Don’t look down… Trapped by low cloud base and poor weather at the famous flying site of Bir in India in October, Olivier Laugero and Oriol Fernandez headed north to remote and high Zanskar. This high altitude region, where peaks rise to 7,000m and even the valleys sit at […]

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Cross Country celebrates 25 years of free flying in issue 150

Cross Country celebrates 25 years of free flying in issue 150

We’re 25-years-old this issue – grown up enough to know better, young enough to still have fun. Started in 1988 by Sherry Thevenot, an artist who married into the hang gliding scene, the magazine grew quickly and has gone from strength to strength. Along the way it’s had a ringside seat at many of our sport’s […]

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Skywalk Chili 3 EN B: paraglider review

Skywalk Chili 3 EN B: paraglider review

Skywalk’s Chili 3 is the latest high-end EN B for pilots who like their gliders with added spice. Greg Hamerton reviewed the glider for Cross Country issue 150 (Nov/Dec). He writes: Trying to avoid some frustrating airspace during an 84km XC, I had some long crosswind glides on speedbar, and I found it light, smooth, […]

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Clean and Simple: Advance Epsilon 7 (EN B) review

Clean and Simple: Advance Epsilon 7 (EN B) review

Advance have a reputation for clean lines, simplicity and quality. Their latest glider is the Epsilon 7 a mid-range EN B. Marcus King flew it this summer and reviewed it in the November/December 2013 issue of Cross Country (issue 150). One thing I have noticed over the years is that your mood or the air […]

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Chasing the Tiger Line in Brazil

Chasing the Tiger Line in Brazil

When you’re faced with a tiger in the flatlands of Brazil what do you do? Turn and run the other way or stare it down and fly faster?

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Subscribe and win a paraglider: Cross Country prize draw 2013

Subscribe and win a paraglider: Cross Country prize draw 2013

The 2013 Cross Country Magazine Subscribers’ Prize Draw is now open. As in previous years, the winning subscriber will get to choose a brand new solo paraglider from either Aircross, BGD, Gin, Gradient, Little Cloud, Nova, Ozone, Sky or Swing. Plus we have some great runner up prizes including varios from Flytec and Flymaster, a harness from […]

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Confessions of an XC Hound, by Gavin McClurg

Confessions of an XC Hound, by Gavin McClurg

Nobody has it as bad as Gavin McClurg at the moment. Hopelessly addicted to base he’s been on a cross country rampage through the States this season, at one point flying almost 1,000km in three flights in one week. The result was he grabbed the foot-launched US XC record, but was still left lusting for […]

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Paragliding World Champion 2013: Jeremie Lager

Paragliding World Champion 2013: Jeremie Lager

France’s Jeremie Lager was the surprise winner at this year’s Paragliding World Championship in Sopot, Bulgaria. Over five tasks he flew consistently to hang on to the top spot, finally finishing just a handful of points ahead of second placed Charles Cazaux (FR). Jeremy told us: I felt like I was flying well. I didn’t […]

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Why we shouldn’t fly in the rain

Why we shouldn’t fly in the rain

Remko Bolt broke his ankle when he was caught out by rain during the Pre-PWC in Romania in August this year. In the XC Files in Cross Country 149 Remko describes what happened and we look at what happens – and what can happen – if you do fly in the rain. Then the rain really started […]

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Weather: The Red Bull X-Alps 2013

Weather: The Red Bull X-Alps 2013

The Red Bull X-Alps 2013 saw an amazing run of weather. In Cross Country 149 meteorologist Honza Rejmanek examines exactly why the weather was so good, and what to look for in the future for similar alpine flying conditions. This was Honza’s fourth Red Bull X-Alps. He’s a machine! As Cross Country’s in-house weatherman we […]

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Beyond Billing: Alexey Druzhinin’s Himalayan Vol-Biv

Beyond Billing: Alexey Druzhinin’s Himalayan Vol-Biv

October in Billing, north India, sees hundreds of pilots converge on the small Tibetan refugee village of Bir to take advantage of the superb flying weather that sets up here each season. Accessible, adventurous and hugely exciting, flying here for many is a once in a lifetime experience and they return satisfied simply to have […]

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Flying without instruments: Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics

Flying without instruments: Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics

Does all that beeping in flight annoy you? It does Bruce Goldsmith, 2007 Paragliding World Champion and longtime competition pilot. In his latest Icaristics in Cross Country 149 he reveals he’s been flying instrument-free for three years. He says: I believe flying without a vario makes you a better pilot. It also gives you more […]

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Naked Pilot: Klaudia Bulgakow

Naked Pilot: Klaudia Bulgakow

New Women’s Paragliding World Champion Klaudia Bulgakow is interviewed in the Naked Pilot column in issue 149 of Cross Country magazine. After five tasks it came down to the final day, she says: The World Championships came down to the last task between Seiko Fukuoka (FR) and me. In goal I got a text to […]

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Win a magnetic Go-Pro mount in XC149

Win a magnetic Go-Pro mount in XC149

At last, some one has invented a magnetic Go-Pro mount that can be placed anywhere on the paraglider. No more tying strings or fiddling with tape – and then hoping your precious Go-Pro isn’t simply going to plunge into the sea at Olu Deniz or down a rockface in Spain. No, these magnets stick, baby. What’s […]

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Fly Like Chrigel: X-Alps interviews in Cross Country magazine

Fly Like Chrigel: X-Alps interviews in Cross Country magazine

Issue 149 of Cross Country magazine features post-race interviews with some of the pilots who chased Chrigel Maurer as hard as they could through this year’s classic race. In an exclusive in-depth interview Chrigel himself gives us a brilliant insight into how he flies: After I get to the top, I go into ‘glide’ mode, […]

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Tristan Shu showcased in Cross Country 149

Tristan Shu showcased in Cross Country 149

Cross Country 149 features the amazing photography of Tristan Shu, one of the most original photographers working in paragliding today. A 37-year-old snowboard and outdoor sports photographer, Tristan started flying eight years ago but only really got into it in the last 18 months. He tells us: Now I’m really addicted. We’re having a blast […]

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That Swing Thing: Mistral 7, EN B, Review

That Swing Thing: Mistral 7, EN B, Review

“The first thing that struck me was the luxury feel to the whole package,” writes Cross Country reviewer Pat Dower about Swing’s Mistral 7, a top-end EN B glider. Swing’s latest in the Mistral series came to me in time for the best XC season the UK has seen for many years. The timing of […]

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Back to the Future: GIN Atlas, EN B, review

Back to the Future: GIN Atlas, EN B, review

In issue 149 of Cross Country magazine Greg Hamerton reviews the GIN Atlas, an EN B paraglider aimed at any pilot who wants to enjoy security with performance. It’s not the first time Greg has come across the Atlas: In the mid-1990s Gin Seok Song designed the original Atlas just before he left Edel to […]

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Cross Country 149: Latest issue out now

Cross Country 149: Latest issue out now

Grab a copy! The latest issue of Cross Country magazine is out now, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about Chrigel Maurer and how he flies. Cross Country’s Hugh Miller has been the Red Bull X-Alps race reporter for a decade, and has a unique insight into what the X-Alps […]

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