Even though I had done some hiking and running at altitude and flying in heights of 5000 meters, I knew this wasn’t enough to stay safe when cloudbase would turn epic in the Tajikistani Pamir in July, where one could expect 7000 meters on stupid good days… not that I plan on flying that high … More Acclimatization and final training
Bir had delivered. More than I had expected and I had my fair share of flying time and had clocked many kilometers in this magnificient area. But after a couple of 200+ out and returns I had seen what there was to see for now and the time had come to move on. My friend … More The Himalayas. A cultural experience.
For the last month I’ve been in Bir, probably my favourite place to fly a paraglider. I’ve chose this place as my first stop to train for my vol biv adventure this coming July for various reasons. First, it has big mountains. Bir nestles right at the foothills of the great Himalayas and what better … More Vol Biv training in Bir, India
This is my gear list for my solo adventure in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in summer 2016. Without water the backpack is moving around 19 kg on the scale. Paragliding Gear – Ozone Alpina 2. Still my all time favourite paraglider. Light, safe, agile and sniffs out thermals better than I do and I spent hundreds of hours … More Gear list for my Vol Biv in Central Asia
When you plan and prepare for an adventure, it’s possible that you can get very obsessed with details. Planning a long solo vol-bivouac took much more of my time than I imagined. I spend hours on the Internet and Google Earth trying to find cruxes, the best flying lines, towns or possible nomad camps, rivers for … More Preparations and fears
The plan to do a Vol Bivouac in Central Asia originated from the mindblowing adventure that Stephan Bock had flying through the Pamir and parts of the Tien Shan in the summer of 2014. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that this is the pinnacle of our sport, at least for me. And I … More making plans
After the X-Alps my thirst for flying hadn’t been fulfilled, I doubt it ever will. So I enrolled in a smaller hike’n’fly race in Sopot, Bulgaria, organised by the awesome team of Skynomad. Local knowledge is always key in those competitions of course, so I got there a couple of weeks earlier to get to know … More Trans Balkan in Sopot / Bulgaria