Monday, 14 April 2014

Funny who you meet


Having flown from Bir to Mandi and landing in the dry river bed, it is funny within minutes of landing you are surround by Holy men from the local temple, and the local youths.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Early Morning flight

 Early morning flying in the Yorkshire Dales, wind forecast to get stronger from 0900 onwards so myself and Dean crosby CFI of Active Edge (web address below) bivied out the night and in the air for 7.30-7.45 and by ten the site was blown out.
If you would like to try Paragliding, be it a fun day, tandem or learn right up to club pilot check out
www.activeedge.co.uk


Borne along by nothing other than the wind, an experienced paraglider pilot can remain aloft for hours on end, flying great distances and discovering a vantage point on the world shared only with the birds.
Active Edge Paragliding & Paramotoring is a British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA) registered school based in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It's run by one of the most experienced BHPA Senior Paragliding Instructors and multiple British Paragliding Champion pilot, Dean Crosby. He's the only pilot in the UK to compete at National level in all three soaring disciplines, paragliding, hang gliding and gliding.
We're fanatical about flying and have been teaching paragliding, hang gliding and flying from the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, for over 25 years.
As well as Fundays we offer various exclusive BHPA approved courses for those that want to learn to paraglide and fly 'solo' to the highest standards both in the Yorkshire Dales and overseas.
All the teaching is conducted by Dean Crosby with help from other carefully chosen instructors.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Whitby to Scarborough Cleveland Way Ultra Lightweight

Our pitch at Robin Hoods Bay early in the morning with the fantastic view of the East Coast

The view from my bivi bag 

Ultra Light Backpacking Yorkshire Dales March 14

Ultra lightweight backpacking, using the Trail Star from Mountain Laurel designs of America and the ultra lightweight bivi  both tarp and bivi made from silnylon.

http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Kenya

It was a privilege to meet Mo Farrar after his training session today


On take off, surrounded by locals just before taking a local  on a tandem flight





Sunday, 26 January 2014

Kenya Rift Valley Paragliding

Myself and a few friends set out on the 8th January to spend the month in Kenya's Rift Valley, we are flying a very small section which is a 200km stretch. The length on the Rift stretches from Tanzania up through kenya and into Ethiopia.

Over the last few years kerio near Iten has become a mecca for international paraglider pilots from all over the world. Item is also famous for kenyan long distance athletes, it has an high altitude training camp for long distance athletes from all over the world, over the last week we have bumped into Steve Cram, Mo Farrar , Laura Weightman the Chinese team and British team.
Locals in the landing field after a long tandem flight.


Part of the Rift


Enjoying a tandem flight with a friend at about 3000m huge grin




Iten home of Kenyan Champions









Kerio View where we stay and other international pilots take off 100m away Altitude 2354metres

On landing your always greeted by local children  

Sunday, 10 November 2013

India Pic's

This is the local bus station, seemed very caotic most of the time the noise was incredible. 

The cows were as common as the people in the local square seeming oblivious to the caos around them. 

Picture of the prayer flags, Bir where I stayed in himachael Predesh  is a Tibetan Colony.   When the Chinese invaded tibetans came across the border and settled in this area.


The area has a number of Tibetan Monestaries.  

On our way back from Manali to Bir we came across a burning ghat, this is where the person who has died is cremated on a pile of wood on the side of the river as everything is burned it is just washed away by the water. A Hindu religious  
ceromony.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Himalayan Sky Safari

Check out the link below, Himalayan Sky Safari run by Eddie Colfox and John Silvester, two of the most experienced Himalayan guides out there. If you fancy a guided trip to India these are the people to be with. Vast experience of India, Pakistan and Nepal. The price includes guiding, accommodation and food exceptional value.
If you have seen John's Himalayan DVD's it could be you flying with him one to one, with a paragliding adventure of a life time.







Me and Eddie having a mad moment on Goluba take off with the Rohtang Pass in the background

Above and below pictures of John Silvester getting ready for a late afternoon take off from Goluba  with the Rohtang Pass in the background



Manali Himachael Predesh


Before last weekend the weather in Bir was not so good with low cloud base early in the morning so a decision was taken to take a five hour taxi ride around the next valley called the Kullu Valley leading to Manali and the Rohtang Pass.
As you see from the pictures below the views are stunning, flying at around 4250m some of the peaks over the back snow capped reach around 6000m. You really feel that you are in the womb of the mountains.





Looking at the landscape its like another world, a snow capped moon scape.

First climb of the day at around 4200m

The winding road of the Rohtang Pass billed as one of the most dangerous roads in the world, with hoards of Indian tourists heading to the top of the pass in taxi's to get a glimpse and feel of the fresh snow.

Relaxing

The view from the roof terrace of the cafe we went to every morning for breakfast, you could not ask for better views anywhere.  

Waiting at our accommodation on the day we were heading back to Bir. not bad for £2 per night.  and breakfast / dinner for 86 pence. Brilliant value if your going to spend a month or two over here. 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Another day flying

Another great day flying from Bir to Mandi flying east along the front ridge, stopping at camp 360 top landing and then flying onto Mandi. When coming into Mandi you have to have eyes in the back of your head and watch out for numerous power lines.








Flying along the front ridge on the way to Mandi from Bir, notice the terraces these are at around 2500m



Myself and John Silvester after landing in a river bed at Mandi  Himachael Predesh, and a few of the locals turned up to welcome us to their town