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Gavin McClurg pierces a blister during the Red Bull X-Alps 2017. Photo Olga Shmaidenko

Gavin McClurg: ‘You’ve never, ever laughed like this’

“You’ve never, ever laughed like this.” After competing in his second Red Bull X-Alps, columnist Gavin McClurg shares the highs and lows of the toughest adventure race on Earth – and why Monaco “REALLY, REALLY sucks.” See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Gavin McClurg (USA1) prepares for flight during Red Bull X-Alps on Mangart, Slovenia on July 5, 2017

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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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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Matt Wilkes on high altitude and adventure flying

In this episode Cloudbase Mayhem’s Gavin McClurg sits down with Matt Wilkes, an anaesthesia and intensive care doctor based in Edinburgh, Scotland who specialises in extreme physiology and remote medicine to walk us through best practices when things go wrong. Listen now

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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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Gavin McClurg in Bristol

Gavin McClurg’s North of Known tour hits the UK

This is Gavin McClurg in deep in Alaska on a marathon month-long traverse of the Alaska Range last year. He has been touring his 52-minute film North of Known to paragliding clubs and adventure audiences in California and Oregon. This week he is hopping across the Atlantic and bringing his unique presentation to Europe. A […]

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Gavin McClurg: Why execution matters most

“The average intermediate pilot knows just as much as Chrigel knows, he just executes it all better.” If you really want to get to the bottom of why you’re not keeping up with Chrigel ‘The Eagle’ Maurer, says Gavin McClurg, you need to start with the simple things – it’s called training. See what else […]

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Gavin McClurg’s Big Weekend: UK Tour, 6-9 April 2017

Adventure athlete and paraglider pilot Gavin McClurg will be touring the UK in partnership with Cross Country Magazine over one long weekend in April. He will be giving two talks and screening ‘North of Known’, the award-winning paragliding adventure film documenting his and Dave Turner’s epic trip across the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider. […]

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Gavin McClurg in Alaska

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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Gavin McClurg: The anatomy of a rescue

“Suddenly my radio erupts with a terrible scream … ‘I crashed! I’m hurt bad!’” Following the dramatic recovery of a badly injured fellow pilot, Gavin McGlurg reveals the anatomy of a dramatic rescue – and the invaluable lessons learned. See what’s in the rest of Issue 175

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Podcast: Gavin McClurg talks to Guy Anderson

Gavin McClurg talks to Guy Anderson in the latest in his series of paragliding-related podcasts. On the last day of the World Cup in Sun Valley in 2012 British pilot Guy Anderson disappeared in an area we call “no man’s land.” Three days later, in a heroic search effort involving thousands of man hours and […]

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Gavin McClurg: The goal is coming home

“The greatest goal is coming home”: Gavin McClurg checks his perspective after his outrageous Alaska vol-bivouac expedition with Dave Turner. “Returning to the arms of my girlfriend, the smiles of friends… home makes me realise what’s really important.” See what’s in Cross County 173, September 2016

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Podcast: Gavin McClurg on the 750km Alaska Traverse

Cross Country magazine’s editor Ed Ewing talks to vol-biv adventurer Gavin McClurg about his 750km Alaska expedition in the latest Cloudbase Mayhem podcast. Gavin is a regular contributor to Cross Country magazine, and writes a column for the magazine every other month. A veteran podcaster, in the past year he’s interviewed some of the top […]

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Gavin McClurg in the helicopter

Gavin McClurg: Adventure and Alaska

Gavin McClurg is currently in Alaska attempting a pioneering vol biv line with Dave Turner. In his column, he writes of his inner, mental journey preparing for what could be a very dangerous mission. “The quote by Helen Keller comes in handy in these situations,” he writes. “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing […]

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Gavin McClurg: Bruce Goldsmith on 30 years free-flying

Bruce Goldsmith has quite possibly more competition flying under his belt than anyone. One of the few pilots who’s won in both hang gliding and paragliding Bruce began flying comps in the mid-80s and capped off over 30 years of success by winning the Paragliding World Championships in 2007 in Australia. He’s started or designed […]

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Gavin McClurg: Jocky Sanderson and Improving your Game

Jocky Sanderson literally wrote the book on SIV and training and is one of the most celebrated advanced instructors in the game. Jocky was a competition pilot for 10 years (reaching third in the world in 1995) and has been a major player in the world of free flight for nearly 30. He has produced […]

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Rocky Mountain Traverse: Full 52min film

“This is officially the gnarliest thermal I’ve been in…” Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg ride the wild air of the Rockies on a 700km vol-biv. The full-length 52-minute film is online here.

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The Skipper: Gavin McClurg’s Top 10 Flying do’s-and-don’ts

“Always sample a lot of air. Nick Greece is one of the best climbers I know. Efficient fast gliding is no doubt the hardest aspect of flying far, but we can’t glide without climbs and Nick says his way to the top is by sampling a lot of air on the way up. Explore to […]

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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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Cloudbase Mayhem podcast: Ondrej Prochazka

Gavin McClurg interviews Ondrej Prochazka in the latest Cloudbase Mayhem podcast I first met Ondrej in May, 2015 while training with Aaron Durogati on course line between the Brenta and Piz Corvatch turnpoints for the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps. We spent a few days in pretty horrendous weather figuring out a pretty tough part of […]

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