Over the long long winter I have set myself a challenge of going through all my old Gopro footage and making a compilation video showing all the amazing places that paragliding has taken me.
Spurred on by last years Wessex Club video competition, I have discovered that shorter videos are far more entertaining. No one wants to watch 30 minutes of someone ridge soaring the local ridge! I have decided to limit myself to 3 minutes unless I have a good reason to go longer (a story to tell or an instructional video).
To make it extra hard for myself I had chosen Isla de Encanta by the Pixies as the music for the video, a fast paced number that only lasts 1:41! Squeezing nearly five years of paragliding experiences into that time has been very tough and time consuming but I’m proud of the result…
Nice clouds early morning
The road to Nant y Moel
Classic looking sky
Looking over the back of Nant y Moel ridge
Neil happy to have avoided the Talybont walk
The local talent
Cloudbase over the Brecon Beacons
Long walk out if you land here
Cold at base
Flying into the flats
Pen y Fan, highest mountain in South Wales
Pen y Fan
Amazing scenery in every direction
What a view!
Bombed in the leeside of Pen y Fan
My landing spot, 37.7km away
Pete at Skysurfing HQ
Skysurfing Club HQ
Round one of the BCC (British Clubs Challenge) at Nant y Moel on 20th April 2013. We were moved from Talybont due to stronger than forecast winds and arrived at Nant y Moel to find a great looking sky. It didn’t last too long and the clouds spread out covering much of the ground in shadow. Initially hard work to stay up and difficult to get to base, conditions picked up over the Brecon Beacons and I was at base and cruising. A mistake with my GPS (map was zoomed out!) meant I turned to avoid a danger zone way too early and flew into the leaside of Pen y Fan. The bad sink caused me to deck on the outskirts of Brecon just as a couple of pilots were climbing out over the town. One of them, Alistair Andrews went on to fly 130km!
Still, at 37.7km it is my best UK flight to date, and what amazing scenery to fly over!
Tracklog is at xcleague.com/xc/flights/2013667.html?vx=28
Photos – plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110064813345877055043/albums/5873525551212576097
A nice day at Butser with Simon and Rob in the last of the snow.