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Scott Mason and Parahawking – the next step

Scott Mason and Parahawking – the next step

“Vultures don’t get enough pages in paragliding magazines. Leaf through scuba-diving magazines and you’ll see lots of articles about wildlife. Beginner pilots should be introduced to birds – many of us are inspired to fly because of them.” Scott Mason tells us how he’s hoping to bounce back after the devastating closure of his world-famous […]

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AirDesign Vita 2 SL: Review

AirDesign Vita 2 SL: Review

“For me, it’s the perfect wing: great feeling, fun to fly, but safe. And I can use the same wing with a minimal harness for hike-and-fly.” If you’re looking for a lightweight EN B with feel and handling, AirDesign’s Vita 2 SL ticks all the boxes, says Charlie King. See what else is in Cross […]

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A trick of the light? Can you ‘see’ thermals?

A trick of the light? Can you ‘see’ thermals?

“The rational part of my mind dismissed it as a trick of the light. That evening, I told people of my lucky escape but not of how; I think for fear of being thought crazy or not believed. I wasn’t very sure myself.” Stuck in a perilous position above a thickly-forested hanging valley, Steve Charles […]

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Notes from a masterclass: Gavin McClurg on mountain flying

Notes from a masterclass: Gavin McClurg on mountain flying

“The mental side of things is super important. As soon as you think ‘I might land’ you probably will. “To keep going you have to think about not landing. In the Rockies Traverse, we flew for hours with nowhere to land … unless you count the lake or the river.” Gavin McClurg shares his hard-learned […]

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Temple Tours: Flying sacred Kailash in India

Temple Tours: Flying sacred Kailash in India

“Our mad game was back on. I turned around a second time, pointed my pod towards the summit of sacred Mount Kailash, and sped after Jim.” John Silvester and Jim Mallinson leave Bir in their wake, grit their teeth – and embark on a daring flight into the spiritual Himalayan heartlands. See what else is […]

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Theo de Blic: ‘Never, ever think it is too late’

Theo de Blic: ‘Never, ever think it is too late’

“Never, ever think it is too late. It is your life we are talking about so try everything you can to save it.” Our resident acro champion Théo de Blic knows the value of a good rescue. He shares his top tips for dealing with a reserve throw. See what else is in Cross Country […]

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Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics: Pulling collapses

Bruce Goldsmith’s Icaristics: Pulling collapses

“Be aware, pulling a small amount of brake can actually make things worse, removing any reflex in the profile and making the wing shoot more.” Bruce Goldsmith fine tunes the fickle art of pulling a collapse. Now, when’s that SIV course? See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Secret spot: Felix Woelk goes north in the Dolomites

Secret spot: Felix Woelk goes north in the Dolomites

“The three of us pushed the paragliding frontline by discovering this remarkable peak. We had to lie in wait for the right wind. We had to respect this powerful, potential foe. And then we struck. It was a little victory.” Felix Wölk follows in the footsteps of World War One’s swashbuckling ‘Flying Patrol’ to conquer […]

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Icaro Gravis, EN B, review

Icaro Gravis, EN B, review

“You won’t grow out of of it too quickly; in fact, I’d say you grow into it.” We take you to the air with Icaro’s mid EN-B Gravis and quickly warms to a welcoming wing with a big personality. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Naked Pilot: Stefan Keller

Naked Pilot: Stefan Keller

“In the harness, I forget I am in a wheelchair. The wheelchair is normal but a little bit special. It’s like having a custom racebike.” Stefan Keller tells us about getting back into the air after an accident, developing new skills and teaching other wheelchair users to fly paragliders. See what else is in Cross […]

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Bubble back protection: the new thing from Supair

Bubble back protection: the new thing from Supair

It’s not just the wings that are benefitting from state-of-the-art science. Andy Pag visits Supair’s Annecy workshop and gets a sneak peak of the next great leap forward in back protection. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Destination Etna: Paramotoring through Italy

Destination Etna: Paramotoring through Italy

“Who wouldn’t want to fly over a live volcano?” Adi Geisegger embarks on a spectacular paramotor odyssey from the pristine Dolomites to the fiery summit of Sicily’s Mount Etna. Just don’t forget to keep the engine running. See what else is in Cross Country 181, July 2017

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Dealing with Tolerances and Big Cylinders: By Joerg Ewald

Dealing with Tolerances and Big Cylinders: By Joerg Ewald

In Cross Country 181 (July 2017) Joerg Ewald explains how some competition pilots can exploit a technical loophole to give them a small advantage when dealing with big cylinders in paragliding and hang gliding tasks.  That article was an edited version of a much longer article, which also includes specific advice for pilots who are […]

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Review: The Gin Explorer, EN B

Review: The Gin Explorer, EN B

“The Explorer is a wing that left me with a grin on my face … I can see it appealing to more experienced pilots who still want dynamic, sharp handling in a safer wing.” Marcus King is all smiles after 15 hours in the air with GIN’s racy lightweight EN B. Find out more, subscribe, […]

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G-Force: Matt Warren trains with Paul Guschlbauer

G-Force: Matt Warren trains with Paul Guschlbauer

What’s it really like to take part in the Red Bull X-Alps? Cross Country Magazine writer Matt Warren spent four gruelling days chasing Paul Guschlbauer – and his dog, Vitali – around Austria’s mountains to find out Paul Guschlbauer is finishing a can of Red Bull (yes, he really does drink it) and I’m pondering […]

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Understanding the solar window, by Rafael Saladini

Understanding the solar window, by Rafael Saladini

If you want to fly far with big-distance XCs, you need to understand the ‘solar window’. And if you haven’t the faintest idea what that is, paragliding world record holder Rafael Saladini is here to help. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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‘It’s a Grente Day’: Brigitte Kurbel guides us round

‘It’s a Grente Day’: Brigitte Kurbel guides us round

Grente in the Italian South Tyrol has become a famous launch site for pilots wanting to fly big Alpine triangles. With the longest days of the year on the horizon, now is the time to start planning. Germany’s Brigitte Kurbel, who flew a 240km FAI triangle from here last year, guides us round. Find out […]

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Apco Swift race harness: review

Apco Swift race harness: review

“Moving from the Forza to this while flying the Zeno was a revelation. Seb said it’s like adding suspension to a car … It also wins hands-down on price.” Hugh Miller and Seb Ospina put Apco’s first competition harness, the Swift, through its paces – and say “Give one a go!” Find out more, subscribe, […]

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Gavin McClurg: Magic Moments

Gavin McClurg: Magic Moments

“That old saying ‘There are bold pilots and there are old pilots, but there no old, bold pilots’ seems to jump into my consciousness more frequently these days.” As our columnist Gavin McClurg prepares for this year’s Red Bull X-Alps, he reflects on chasing the magic rather than the glory – and how to keep […]

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When good glass-off goes bad…

When good glass-off goes bad…

“It is important to be vigilant of the height of the cloud tops … Needless to say, fighting to get down in the vicinity of a towering cloud at sunset is worrisome at best.” Cross Country’s weatherman Honza Rejmanek reveals how to stay safe when that late afternoon soaring session blows up into something a […]

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