1. Paragliding is not an extreme sport. There are no wingsuits, no acrobatics (although some paragliders do acrobatics and there are competitions) and no jumping off mountains. And, although you can attach a motor, soaring for 1-2 hours is enough for most. George says “maybe” he’ll try motorized paragliding…someday.
2. Unlike parasailing, a paraglider pilot is not passively suspended below his wing like a dandelion seed in a stiff breeze. There is actual flying involved using lines on either side of the pilot to control the wing. Catch a thermal and you gain altitude; catch the wind right, and travel for miles. But whatever you do, don’t pull the lines down and under your butt, unless you want to do a face plant from however many feet you are off the ground – usually greater than 30. (Although I have no interest in flying, I still paid attention…you know…just in case I change my mind one day. It’s been known to happen.)
The best thing about paragliding is that the equipment is portable and can be carried on your back, even to the top of a mountain…like Mt. Blanc in Europe, for instance, from where one can fly back down while the non-flying member of your party can hike back down, jump in a car and pick you up from your landing spot, hopefully near a road.
To get to the paragliding sites, George bought a Kawasaki dual sport KLR 650 which will keep our fuel costs down. In true Huffman fashion, he bartered part of the price of the motorcycle for some deck work, which means our street legal 2006 QLink Legacy 250 is for sale.