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Flare: Wingsuiting’s new move

Flare: Wingsuiting’s new move

How do pilots actually flare a wingsuit? ‘You don’t have to do much. I tell other pilots to use your brain more than your body.’ In Cross Country 182 Matt Gerdes explains how pro wingsuit pilots are now perfecting the art of going up – at 11m/s. See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Paramotor vol-bivouac in Slovakia

Paramotor vol-bivouac in Slovakia

‘Around the campfire Miroslav took us on a tour of the local fruits: pear, plum and apricot brandy.’ In Cross Country 182 Franck Simonnet makes new friends on an overnight paramotor bivvy in Slovakia. See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Portfolio: Jody Macdonald’s decade in paragliding

Portfolio: Jody Macdonald’s decade in paragliding

‘Art and outdoor sports – my two favourite things at school.’ Jody MacDonald has been photographing paragliding for a decade. In Cross Country 182 we showcase her favourite shots See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Exploring the Choco: Colombia by paramotor

Exploring the Choco: Colombia by paramotor

‘There are no coastal roads or towns for 400km. Armed drug smugglers have a significant presence.’ Jeff Hamann continues his Pacific coastline paramotoring odyssey with an 800km journey through the Choco, in Colombia’s remote northwest See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Fiddler on the roof: Jean-Yves Fredriksen

Fiddler on the roof: Jean-Yves Fredriksen

Jean-Yves Fredriksen is the fiddler on the roof of the world, exploring the Himalaya alone but always with his violin. In Cross Country 182 he talks to Andy Pag about his most recent expedition – a 3,500km, four-month trip through the greatest mountains on Earth See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Jeff Goin: Over-the-nose spiral dives

Jeff Goin: Over-the-nose spiral dives

Paramotor pilot Jeff Goin has some advice about spiral dives and going too strong. ‘In the wrong hands over-the-nose spiral dives can be surprisingly lethal. Unfortunately they’re really easy to do, even for raw beginners.’ See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Cover story: Dual-control SIV in Gerlitzen

Cover story: Dual-control SIV in Gerlitzen

‘Slow the glider, slow, slow, slower…’ In Cross Country 182 we head to Gerlitzen for a unique dual-control SIV session with Xandi Meschuh and Benni Hörburger See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Gavin McClurg: Preparing for a big day

Gavin McClurg: Preparing for a big day

Gavin McClurg has had a big two weeks at the Red Bull X-Alps. Before he headed off to Europe he took time out to explain exactly how to prepare before a big day. Thinking of that third beer? Think again! See what else is in the August 2017 issue

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Meteorology: How to predict cloudbase

Meteorology: How to predict cloudbase

You can predict cloudbase with a glass of ice and a thermometer. In Cross Country 182 resident meteorologist Honza Rejmanek explains how. See what else is in the issue

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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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