Magazine issues

Cross Country 184: October 2017

Cross Country 184: October 2017

With Serge Shakuto’s amazing shot of Ivan Fominykh flying by the light of a full moon in Bali on the cover, Cross Country 184 (October 2017) celebrates the thrill of the new. A North Atlantic archipelago lashed by storms and strong winds may not seem like the best place for a paragliding odyssey – but […]

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Cross Country 183: September 2017

Cross Country 183: September 2017

Free flight is all about living in the moment – and in Cross Country 183 (September 2017) we bring you some of the best moments from this amazing season so far. The ‘X’ in the Red Bull X-Alps could stand for any number of things. Exciting. Exhilarating. Excruciating. But the 2017 edition was the most […]

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Cross Country 182: August 2017

Cross Country 182: August 2017

Cross Country 182 (Aug 2017) is out now and features Xandi Meschuh and Benni Hörburger on the front cover, in full stall, dual-control SIV training in Gerlitzen, Austria. Photo by Marcus King Here’s a taste of what’s inside. Bruce Goldsmith was Paragliding World Champion a decade ago. With his son Tyr facing his first World […]

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Cross Country 181: July 2017

Cross Country 181: July 2017

Free flying is about tuning into nature. It’s about understanding and harnessing the very forces that drive life on Earth. Develop your flying and you will also expand your understanding of the world around you. At Cross Country, we have a passion for exploring this beautiful planet – and helping you to break your own […]

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Cross Country 180: June 2017

Cross Country 180: June 2017

2017 is on – and pilots of all levels are indulging their shared passion for free flight. There are the weekend warriors and the acro young guns, the steely-faced XC gurus and the hike and fly wild-ones – but all have tasted the unbridled joy of taking to the air and flying with the wind. […]

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Cross Country 179: May 2017

Cross Country 179: May 2017

Free flight is about change: the transition from ground to the air, the shifting seasons, the tilting sun as that great day in the mountains draws to a close and the earth – and a cold beer – beckons once again. But the evolving nature of our sport also means that new gliders, techniques, destinations […]

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Cross Country 178: April 2017

Cross Country 178: April 2017

Flying is about making connections – with ourselves, with others, and with nature. They are connections that make us feel alive, that spirit us away from the worries and the rigmarole of everyday life, that make us laugh out loud among the clouds where no one else can hear. Cross Country is about building and […]

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Cross Country 177: Feb / March 2017

Cross Country 177: Feb / March 2017

Why do we fly? It’s as much about self-discovery as getting anywhere in particular. Whether it’s making that “impossible” vol-biv trip across continents or running up the nearest hill with lightweight kit only to glide down in the dawn glow, free flight is about setting ourselves challenges, meeting new people, and getting to know ourselves […]

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Cross Country 176: December 2016 / January 2017

Cross Country 176: December 2016 / January 2017

“It’s impossible, it can’t be done…” Whether it’s winning the Red Bull X-Alps, traversing a new mountain range, or just flying 10km from our home site, it’s a doubt that has haunted us all at some point. But this issue is all about pushing the limits of what’s possible – and saying “Yes, we can.” […]

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Cross Country 175: November 2016

Cross Country 175: November 2016

Flying scatters pilots to the ends of the Earth in search of that perfect flight, but the annual Coupe Icare festival in Saint Hilaire brings them back together again in a blaze of crazy costumes, high jinks – and green beer. It is a time to share stories (and the odd hangover), toast the flying […]

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Cross Country 174: October 2016

Cross Country 174: October 2016

“I could see all the places I had been. It was just a pleasure. I didn’t think: Oh, it’s a record, it’s 8,000m. It was just the mountain. It was fantastic. Only that. Exploring.” When Antoine Girard flew a paraglider to the Himalayan summit of Broad Peak, he achieved the unthinkable and tore up the […]

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Cross Country 173: September 2016

Cross Country 173: September 2016

“Quickly we got ready and took off. The sun was low and we glided along the spine of the ridge between light and shadow, dark forested slopes on one side, the still sunlit mountain pastures the other. Just the space and us on the longest day of the year. A never-ending summer’s evening.” As ever, […]

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Cross Country 172: August 2016

Cross Country 172: August 2016

Looking for Shangri-La We go to the mountains to lose ourselves, and then to find ourselves. It’s not a new idea, but it is a timeless one. We travel to do the same – we go there so we can come back, refreshed, reinvigorated, with new eyes on the same landscape, external or internal. John Silvester’s […]

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Cross Country 171: July 2016

Cross Country 171: July 2016

  “Always go for a beer with your friends after a long day’s flying,” advises big-distance flyer Mike Cavanagh. It can be so illuminating to learn from other pilots’ thoughts and experiences, which can be wildly different from your own, and Issue 171 is like the most vibrant, detailed post-flight conversation you could ever hope […]

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Cross Country 170: June 2016

Cross Country 170: June 2016

Cross Country 170 is out now. It opens with a stunning vista that Mary Poppins could only have dreamed of, but inside there’s plenty of depth, too… BPM: “Up to the highest height, let’s go fly a kite… and send it soaring. Up through the atmosphere. Up where the air is clear….” A stunning vista […]

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Cross Country 169: May 2016

Cross Country 169: May 2016

Cross Country 169, May 2016 is out now. Here’s what’s in the issue – from delving deep into the successful pilot’s mindset to journeying to the very fringes of our sport…. The Head Game: “Always fly your own flight. For sure, be aware of the others, where they are and what they’re up to, but […]

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Cross Country 168: April 2016

Cross Country 168: April 2016

Cross Country 168, April 2016 is out now. Here’s what’s in the issue, from remembering Pierre Bouilloux to paragliding through the wilds of Tajikistan… With his Gallic nose, quiet nature and penchant for long, solo vol-bivouac trips, there was something very bird-like about Pierre Bouilloux. He was wise, too. “If you’re ever stressed, go and […]

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Cross Country 167: What’s in the latest issue

Cross Country 167: What’s in the latest issue

The latest issue of Cross Country magazine is out now – and features everything from flying at the World Air Games in Dubai to getting high as a kite in the Himalaya. The World Air Games in Dubai in December was one of the biggest airsport competitions ever held. We were there and bring you all […]

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Cross Country 166: What’s in the latest issue

Cross Country 166: What’s in the latest issue

Frank Brown, Marcelo Prieto and Donizete Lemos are our Heroes of the Brazilian Heartland on the latest issue of Cross Country Magazine (XC166, Dec 2015 / Jan 2016). They flew into the record books in October by flying 514km together and setting a new paragliding world record. Cross Country editor Ed Ewing spoke to all […]

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Cross Country 165: What’s in the latest issue

Cross Country 165: What’s in the latest issue

Welcome to the circus…The front cover of Cross Country 165 shows one of the magical aerial machines from this year’s Coupe Icare, and that gives us a great a chance to look forward to what the manufacturers are bringing to the market from next year. From the ‘Baby Enzo’ for performance XC pilots wanting the […]

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