In the spring of 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed 8,000 people and injured 21,000 more. Entire communities literally crumbled—and the free flight pilots of the Cloudbase Foundation, already working in Nepal, realised they were in a unique position to help. They loaded up their vehicles and headed directly to the epicentre […]
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“We woke at 5.30am. About 30 minutes later our group set off: four flying Swiss, two flying Nepalis and six porters. Our hike took us through the barren, treeless, bizarrely eroded landscape up to a ridge at 3,520 metres. “Here we laid out our gliders, watching for sharp stones that were a danger to the […]
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 […]
Donate to the Karma Flights Earthquake Relief Fund Paraglider pilots in Nepal are appealing for donations to help victims of the earthquake that hit the country on 25 April. Isabella Messenger, a tandem pilot who lives in Pokhara, is coordinating a local relief effort that is helping victims in remote villages close to the famous […]
French paraglider pilot Herve Burdet flew over the summit of Machapuchare in Nepal on Monday 24 November 2014. Second to Everest the mountain is the most iconic in Nepal, its 6,993m ‘fishtail’ summit the background to the view of the Himalayas from the lakeside town of Pokhara. Considered sacred by the Nepalese the mountain has […]
When Andy Pag met up with Cross Country in March he was still wearing his duvet jacket from Pokhara to ward off the chill of an early spring wind in England. The dust on it stood out against the clean blacks and greys of the city folk milling around. Sitting down over hot coffee […]
Our recent post about the trans-Nepal 1999 paragliding classic Kingdom of the Clouds prompted a response this week from Neal Michaelis, a US pilot who was out in Nepal paragliding at the same time. He and his team also made a film about it. Neal wrote: Saw your post on Rob and Bob’s 1999 Nepal […]
Andy Pag reports from Nepal Premek Hulek, one of the three pilots flying on a Trans-Nepal vol-biv expedition, met with a fatal accident on the 13 March 2014. His death has sent shockwaves through the tight-knit paragliding community in Pokhara, where Hulek was a well loved and respected professional tandem pilot. No one knows […]
Follow Rob Whittall and Bob Drury as they traverse western Nepal by paraglider. A classic, defining paragliding film from 1999, recently uploaded to Vimeo. • Got news? Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Buy and sell gear on Skyads.aero Home
A trio of pilots have embarked on a 20 day vol-biv flight across Nepal. Mitch Riley, Brian Thibeault, and Premek Hulek hopped a 30 hour bus ride from Pokhara to Patan in the far west of the country earlier this week, and will spend the next three weeks flying with the prevailing winds eastwards […]
Pokhara is a must on any serious pilot’s world tour – fly warm winter thermals against the backdrop of the snow-clad Himalaya
South Korean pilot YoungMin Ham died in a paragliding accident in Pokhara on Saturday 7 December. He was 43. YoungMin was flying acro when the accident happened. Witnesses report that after getting into trouble his reserve did not deploy properly and he drifted away from the lake and impacted with the ground. Police said the […]
Andy Pag reports from Pokhara on a visa crisis for foreign tandem pilots in Nepal International tandem pilots working under tourist visas in Pokhara, Nepal are facing deportation for working illegally. At least six pilots have already been deported, while an estimated 30 other tandem pilots have been required to submit their passports to the […]
As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest, Cross Country magazine editor Ed Ewing takes a look at the history of free flight on the highest mountain in the world.
‘One out of two isn’t bad.’ A 14-minute film of trying to paraglide on top of the world
Mike Kung plans to fly up the south face of Lhotse in Nepal, and gain the world altitude record for soaring flight.
Arrested US paraglider pilots to be released on bail but no court date set
Brad Sander and Eric Reed, the two adventure paraglider pilots arrested in India, will face a local court on Saturday 19 March.