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!
Everyone loves to tell stories. While para-waiting Joe reenacted a previous launch, because as every hang - and paraglider pilot knows, you can't tell a flying story without using your arms!
Inspired by a woman who will be coming tandem with me this year, I finally sat down and started going through all the GoPro footage I've kept over the years of my paragliding flights. Giggling at some of the "unique" ways passengers ran off the mountain, I put together this little video. Visit the Jet Set Paragliding Vimeo and YouTube pages for more!
Sometimes the most fun you can have is in your own backyard. Last week I managed to out-fly our local "sky god" and even though we're comparing flights in minutes and seconds instead of hours these days, I have to admit that getting the whole "we're not worthy!" arm wave from the man himself made me feel like a champ.
Laugh every day, and you'll find life can be the best adventure :)
Yesterday was a stunning day in the valley, so Martin & I decided to switch things up and do a fly and hike. We drove up around 11:30 and sat on launch for a while, enjoying the January sun. We both enjoyed a sunny flight then had a leisurely walk back up to retrieve my FJ, still in awe at this incredible weather we get to experience!
One of my goals this year is to double my airtime over last year. Shouldn't be hard as I didn't actually fly much last year compared to years past. So far so good - last year I didn't record any flights in January so am ahead for the month with only my New Year's Day flight. Looking forward to some hike & fly trips up Elk before the next big snowfall up there!
What a perfect start to the year - a little airtime with a group of friends. Woodside was the place to be and even a few spots of lift showed up! I'm taking this as a sign there will be a lot more flying this year, and excited to meet my first goal of the year - to double my airtime over what I managed in 2014. 10 minutes down, a few more hours to go ;)
The first snow hit the ground in the valley last night. While we only have a few flakes left sticking to the grass this morning, it was enough to make me look forward to snowy hike and fly adventures, like this one at Mount Woodside about 5 years ago...
Kelly rocking a forward launch at Woodside almost 10 years ago. New pilots will notice there are no black mats on launch to keep our wings nice and shiny!
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!