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Jeff Goin: ‘Flying is one thing, teaching is another…’

Jeff Goin: ‘Flying is one thing, teaching is another…’

“So you want to teach? Flying is one thing. Teaching flying? Now that is another matter.” After flying for nearly two decades, Jeff Goin, author of the Powered Paragliding Bible, is finally training to be an instructor. He shares his essential tips for other wannabe gurus. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Couchsurfer USA: Mitch Riley

Couchsurfer USA: Mitch Riley

“We can’t spend our whole life on the couch.” From Nepal to Alaska, US adventure pilot Mitch Riley never seems to stop moving. He tells us how he caught the travel bug – and how he navigates the trails less travelled. – Come on Red Bull X-Alps, Wildcard this guy! See what’s in the rest of […]

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There I Was… In a forest, in Indonesia

There I Was… In a forest, in Indonesia

“Momentum meant the wing twisted very fast … one, two, three, five, many times, followed by a dive into auto-rotation.” When Nora Martiny had a paragliding accident in remote Sulawesi, she learned a vital lesson: always understand the risks before deciding to take them. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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News and New Products in XC176

News and New Products in XC176

GIN have announced that the lightweight Explorer is now in the final stages of the certification process. It’s a high-performance EN-B wing with an aspect ratio of 6.1, aimed at experienced cross-country pilots. This plus lots more latest news and new product news in Cross Country 176. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Red Bull X-Alps: An open letter to the rookies…

Red Bull X-Alps: An open letter to the rookies…

“Over the years, the event has become much more professional and I believe this is a great thing – but don’t let this detract from the fact that you should run your race true to you and to yourself.” Two-time X-Alps competitor Jon Chambers pens an open letter of advice to the rookies taking part […]

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Naked Pilot: Jack Pimblett

Naked Pilot: Jack Pimblett

“I first took flight when I was three, on the tandem with my Dad. I was hooked – and I started to reach up to the handles aged eight.” Eighteen-year-old young gun Jack Pimblett talks to us about infinity tumbles and his perfect year. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Sweet River: Flying the length of the Rio Doce

Sweet River: Flying the length of the Rio Doce

In November last year, a catastrophic dam-burst led to an environmental disaster along Brazil’s beautiful Rio Doce. Lu Marini took to his paramotor to assess the damage from the air and expose the “hidden reality behind those who lost everything to mud”. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith on the key to staying safe

Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith on the key to staying safe

“If a pilot feels his wing is super-safe this becomes a danger in itself, as he is more likely to push the limit. “Accident statistics show that a safer wing does not lead automatically to fewer accidents.” Bruce Goldsmith reveals his invaluable tips on staying safe and why the key to avoiding accidents is … […]

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Exploring Middle Earth: Vol-biv in New Zealand

Exploring Middle Earth: Vol-biv in New Zealand

“The sky was beautiful, with lovely cumuli. D-Day! Off we went, hopping from one valley to the next with Lord of the Rings scenery all around.” What’s it like to soar over a real-life Middle Earth? Antoine Girard and Benoit Outters flew the length of New Zealand’s Southern Alps – twice – to find out. […]

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Meteorology: Surviving 13m/s cloudsuck in Brazil

Meteorology: Surviving 13m/s cloudsuck in Brazil

What would you do if you were screaming skywards at 13m/s? Our resident meteorologist Honza Rejmanek explains just what’s going on in big one cloud in Brazil. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Review: U-Turn’s Everest+ (EN C)

Review: U-Turn’s Everest+ (EN C)

It’s small, light and promises big things for those looking to take on those giant peaks. But is U-Turn’s EN-C Everest+ mountain wing up to the challenge. Charlie King puts it through its paces. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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On the cover: The Alaska Traverse

On the cover: The Alaska Traverse

“To understand this story you have to understand that I’m not crazy. I’ve had some close calls but that doesn’t mean I’ve got a death wish.” Gavin McClurg reveals how he and Dave Turner traversed the wild and impenetrable Alaska Range, why he’s sometimes guilty of dreaming a little too big – and how returning […]

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‘Analysis and self-reflection’ with Chrigel Maurer

‘Analysis and self-reflection’ with Chrigel Maurer

Chrigel Maurer is paragliding’s ultimate all-rounder and his achievements are numerous. He dominated the Paragliding World Cup scene in the mid-2000s, and went on to do the same with the Red Bull X-Alps. In acro he set world records for infinite tumbling, and has competed at the highest level. He has even won the Swiss […]

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Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith’s Paragliding Proverbs

Icaristics: Bruce Goldsmith’s Paragliding Proverbs

Bruce Goldsmith and clan in the Dolomites… We all say them, and we all hear them. Some might be thought clichés, but there is a lot of truth in paragliding proverbs. These are the ones I sign up to. Never be separated from your equipment Imagine there are two cars going to launch: always travel […]

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On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

On Ambition: By Till Gottbrath

Till Gottbrath talks risk, joy, fear and honesty – an appeal for reflection All paraglider pilots know it – we have the most beautiful hobby in the world. But most of the time I am not able to explain to non-pilots why I am so fascinated by it. I feel it would always be best […]

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The Miso Soup Connection to Thermalling Better

The Miso Soup Connection to Thermalling Better

Honza Rejmanek explains why gazing into your next bowl of miso soup could make you a better pilot… The question of where the next thermal will be is as old as soaring itself. Over the years, much has been written on how thermals form and behave. Much of what is known is based on anecdotal […]

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Pulley-to-Pulley: Understanding your speed system

Pulley-to-Pulley: Understanding your speed system

You’ve heard of ‘pulley-to-pulley’ but what does it mean? Bruce Goldsmith explains… The standard setup for speed systems on production wings is to use Brummel hooks on the risers. This makes a simple, easy link to the speed system on the harness and speedbar. They work well between different manufacturers as Brummel hooks have standard […]

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The Head Game: Understanding free-flight psychology

The Head Game: Understanding free-flight psychology

Flying like we do is the ultimate confidence trick – and we play it on ourselves. Matt Warren takes a look at what’s going on inside our heads It’s all too easy to only think about paragliding as something physical. Buy the right equipment, develop the right skills and that 200km flight is yours for […]

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The Plan of a Lifetime: By Allen Weynberg

The Plan of a Lifetime: By Allen Weynberg

The curtain catches in the draught and a sharp beam of sunlight lances into the room. Dust caught in a bright laser beam; swirling, rising and falling in micro thermal patterns. Sliding from under warm covers, soles plant firmly on cold slate. Mmm… cold air, warm sun, interesting. Open the front door, air on my […]

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How Fast Does it Go? Testing Paraglider Speeds

How Fast Does it Go? Testing Paraglider Speeds

Measuring the performance characteristics of a paraglider has always been notoriously difficult. But new tools are allowing pilots and manufacturers to do just that. Cross Country’s Hugh Miller reports on speed tests he’s been carrying out for the last year When Flymaster’s new True Air Speed (TAS) probe was released a couple of years ago […]

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