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!
Thanks to Tyler who sent in this clip of yours truly flying the Canadian Flag at Bridal Falls on Canada Day last summer!
We got up to some shenanigans after talking GPS & XC yesterday! What better way to practice PLF landings than by jumping off a ledge onto soft gym mats? Here's an action shot of Nicole "mid-flight" (and yes, everyone had safe landings!)
PLF: Parachute Landing Fall - although we usually have soft landings, occasionally we may find ourselves coming in to land too quickly to "run it out". In this case your best choice is to roll onto your side as soon as you touchdown to dissipate that energy and save your knees for another day!
Blue skies, bright green grass and the daisy from my costume could trick you into thinking this picture is from last spring and not last Saturday. Add in the 10 or so pilots who all flew into Riverside within a half hour of each other and it was a regular party in the landing field!
Looking through pictures from last year at this time, we were still flying in November, although will a lot more layers. Bundle up and fly on!
Fall flying is here, and that means some beautiful soaring days mixed in with smooth stable days where we can run up and down the hill racking up the flights. Soon it will be time to bring out the skywalk spot landing circle and have fun contests at Riverside again. Maybe even today...
In the summer it's sure nice to wear shorts when paragliding. But when you fly tandem, sometimes passengers accidentally kick you in the shins as they sprint off the mountain. Knee socks do the trick - pull them off before take-off & squish them down in the hot & sunny landing field. Cupcake socks found at my friend's flower & gift shop in Chilliwack - visit QuikPik for a pair of your own!
Coming in to land yesterday at Riverside I lined myself up with the train tracks…in warmer weather the tracks can give off lift to extend your flight, but on this smooth fall day it was just a fun game to fly along and pretend you're Superman flying through the air (faster than a speeding train!).
Now that fall is approaching and the sun sits lower in the sky, I'm seeing a lot more shadows photo-bombing our pictures! Here's Norm & I setting up to land at Riverside, and our shadow soaring the trees for just a moment longer.
After tagging the low hill in this picture and failing to get high enough to fly over the ridge to go back to the club landing zone at Mt Woodside, I picked out a bare field and set up a landing approach. As I got closer to the ground I saw the "poop truck" spreading manure over the crop fields…including the spot I was aiming for! Luckily the furthest corner was still…clean…so I spiralled down to land, packed up super quick, ran off the field and left before getting sprayed. That always makes for a good day, and still makes me smile when I see this image.