a visual journey
Follow along with us as adventurers take to the skies for the first time on a tandem, learn valuable paragliding skills or even catch a glimpse of pilots just goofing around!
Celebrated last year up in the skies at Bridal Falls...will we get to do the same this year? Winds look iffy but there's always a chance!
Fitting that today is Throwback Thursday, as I'm finally getting around to writing about last Thursday's fly day! As part of this awesome week/month/year I was approached by a girl who works for Red Bull about taking some photos for a special project she was working on. She asked me because Skywalk is a sponsor of the Red Bull X-Alps this year and I just happen to be a local Skywalk Team Pilot. She wanted some sunset shots if possible, which is perfect since the Bridal Falls flying site works best in late afternoon until the sun goes down.
She hasn't shared her shots yet, but I did get a screen grab from my trusty GoPro "shadow-bombing" her with my paraglider. You can't really see but she was laying on the rock right where my glider's shadow is. I flew for an entire hour back and forth in front of that rock at different altitudes trying to get her the perfect shot. It was a whole new style of flying - trying to stay at the same height for an hour was a cool challenge! That's one of my favourite things in this sport that keeps it exciting...you will never, ever know it all.
Part of the fun of flying (ok, most of the fun) is flying in thermals. The best part of flying with friends is that you don't have to find them all yourself. Here I am in shark mode about to head over and join an established thermal. On a great day of flying (like this was) everyone gets a chance to find them and be "top of the stack"!
Saturday was an epic flying day, but of course I forgot to turn on my GoPro so no pictures. Sunday was forecast to be similar, and it was like a class reunion with over 20 pilots coming out to fly at Bridal Falls (which is a lot for our area!). We heard others on the radio across the valley flying at Woodside too. And even though the conditions weren't as nice as Saturday, it was still fun to fly with friends again and get back to exploring this lovely area.
Thanks to Tyler who sent in this clip of yours truly flying the Canadian Flag at Bridal Falls on Canada Day last summer!
Every year, Skywalk holds a video competition asking pilots to show what they love about their wings. I had started a video to answer the question "How did you get into this? How do people learn?" and decided to enter my movie into the competition. Here's the finished product…enjoy!
After a tough hike up to launch with my full kit (no hiking gear this time!) I took a few extra minutes at the landing zone to chill on the grass and enjoy what may just have been the last of the hot summer days before packing up my Cayenne4 and starting the hike back to the trailhead to retrieve my Jeep.
It's been a great summer for flying! Playing catch-up and posting pictures and videos from fun afternoons. Here's Klaus launching at Bridal Falls
Another shot from Saturday at Bridal Falls, this time George just seconds after launching his Skywalk Tequila 4.
Another competition…this time it was a few pilots wondering who'd make the photo log page from Saturday! With all the great photos the winner just had to be the one who was the most charming ;)
Tyler showing great launch form as he loads his wing and charges off into the sky!