Really excited about this second episode with one of my mentors in the big XC game, Matt Beechinor, aka “Farmer”. When he flew 193 miles in 2012 from Mt Baldy in Sun Valley I decided my choice to move to the Wood River Valley later that summer was about the best decision I ever made. Matt has been flying for almost 20 years, is the best tandem pilot I know, is an amazing instructor, guide, and a Jedi in the air. In this episode we hear about a couple of amazing saves, what the “alien world” is, how Matt approaches risk, how to thermal better and how he has become one of the best gliders in the business. Enjoy!
- Matt discusses his history of paragliding, including some pretty hairy learning experiences in the Wood River Valley
- Matt discusses using an “ESP” maneuver to get out of a bad cravat in the Sierras
- Matt discusses thermalling techniques and the importance of nailing wing overs
- Matt discusses the US team, competition, and how to glide more efficiently