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  5. Great read and makes me want to try one out for sure!!! Olivier is making some wicked wing designs at the moment from the Acro wings to the comp wings, great stuff coming out of his brain!

    Im curious as to wether you could expand on your comment of claiming that the wing feels safer to you than an EN-B or EN-C. Wondering out of curiosity as I have recently made a jump from a Mentor 2 (EN-B) to an Ozone M4 (EN-D) and have also felt much safer. But only after a lot of acro hours and the knowledge of how to react correctly with collapses, frontals, spins and keeping the tips apart ext.

    To me it feels like an upper end wing is more responsive, and the safety relies on the pilot doing the right thing rather than a passive safety system of just…hands up.

    In this way, I feel more in control as the wing does what I want, when I tell it to – even when its not so controlled momentarily – does it make sense that to the right pilot this is safer than an EN-B?

  6. Hi Gavin,

    I’d like to take you up on your safety conversation offer and ping you about your statement: “…the safest wing I’ve ever flown (yes, even more so than EN B’s and C’s.”

    I think the EN standards need to be overhauled and I also think we need more public discourse on this subject in general. Gliders like Bruce’s UP and the Carrera that I tested recently are making into EN classes a level lower than intended. That’s worrying because it invites pilots to step up to a higher level wing based purely on the handful of tests performed to satisfy a catalog of criteria, even though it’s clear that paraglider development in recent years has outpaced the ability for any body to regulate it.

    I’ve never flown an EN-D or comp wing, so I’d be interested to hear your views on safety between these classes. I’ve asked some EN-D pilots about how their glider reacts in extreme circumstances and many tell me that they can’t say because they’ve never had a collapse. I’m not sure if that means these wings are safer or that the theory of natural selection is working here.

    So how can an EN-D wing, with its long AR and just two line levels be so safe? What about the front collapse problems of just a few years ago?

    All the best to MEX!

    David

  7. Hey Gavin! Great read. I am glad you enjoyed my old home country. BTW I’m pretty sure it’s “Bellinzona”, not “Bellazona”. Although that would describe the place very well too… 😉

    Keep ’em coming!

    Loopy

  8. How can we track your progress of this epic adventure ?
    Need the Bronco?
    Just kidding, have an amazing safe trip!!!
    Pete

  9. Wow, what an adventure. I’m very much interested if the 4W solar panel is enough, because I’m planing a hike and fly adventure myself and was wondering how much power I would need for GoPro, GPS, Flight Instrument and Camera on a daily basis.

    • I’ll let you know! We have 9 watt too, but I’m hoping the 4 will do it. We’ve just added Delorme’s and sat phones so we can stay in touch with the film crew, so quite a bit more to charge…

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  11. Hey Gavin, Nice work on the “pure”
    2 questions: why not the Light version of the Peak 3?
    How were you getting resupplied on food since only carrying 3 days food? (seems like some of the places were super remote)
    Thanks!

    • Hey Brian,

      Would have used the X-Alps version, but couldn’t get one in time. We’ve actually bumped it up to 4-5 days food. That’s been working well as we’ve landed low twice and been able to hook up with the ground crew and resupply, but having a helicopter filming us every day makes it pretty easy:)

      Cheers,

      G

  12. Wow, what an adventure! 🙂

    So how did it work out with your photovoltaic equipment? did it work with the small one to charge all your devices? did you try some in -flight recharging? where do you put de solar cells while flying?
    We are also buying the DeLorme Communicators for our adventure. I think we’ll go with the Inreach explorer instead of the SE because it has inbuilt navigation features. Which one did you use? How was battery life for your InReach Gear?

    Sorry for all the questions 😉

    • Hey Moritz,

      To be honest the solar didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. The 4 watt was too small, the 9 watt was better. Worked fine for charging phone and delorme directly, but I couldn’t get the external battery charged, even when it was on all day. What we found was you had to charge the external battery fully when you had a chance (ie car), then carry that with you and use the solar in addition to just give an assist. I always have my phone plugged into an external battery when flying as XCSoar/GPS soaks it up. I didn’t fly with the panel charging, but you could. Just never rigged something. Will and I used the Explorer, the ground/production crew used the SE. I’d go with the Explorer. Inreach lasts a long time- 3 days if you turn it off when not in use. But takes a long time to charge…

      Hope this helps!

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    • Thanks uncle Tony! Got another one coming down the pipeline:) Thanks for you all do, if you didn’t do it I wouldn’t have to take all this so seriously! Thanks for keeping my head focused- shit man, you should be credited as one of my trainers!

  14. Hey dude. Looking strong. Will be watching from OZ. Seeing you have an Aussie supporter I can cheer you on for Australia. Just as well you have two huge shoulders to carry the weight of two countries 🙂

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  16. Thanks for putting this together! It was great to get things done around the house on a rainy day while it played in the background. I’d like to listen off my phone in the future. I searched for it using my podcast app but couldn’t find it. Do you anticipate making it accessible on smart phones via an app or through other podcast apps?

  17. Wow, I really like your dedication and wish you the best for the race! Like the Quotes too. Btw in my feedly rss reader you could only see an exerpt from the middle of your blogpost…

  18. Thank you forThe high-quality podcast interview with such good advice and stories. I am a new P2 in Santa Barbara and am enjoying all of the information and stoke in the beginning stages of my learning curve.having the advice and experience of you guys who have gone before has really given me confidence and carefulness to have a long flying career.

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  20. Hang in there Gavin. You’re doing awesome and everybody at home is excited to watch this epic event unfold with you leading the charge.

  21. Hey Gavin,

    My son and I are cheering you on and following you from Utah. Remember: when you’re going through a hell, keep going…..

    Monroe, Utah.

  22. Thanks guys so much! This is such a useful podcast/info. Keep’em coming. Thats exactly what a lot of us are missing in paragliding (Mentors like you) And good luck at the X-alps boys!

  23. Keep up the smiles, telling the brain to shut the hell up, and the legs moving. Keep your heart and soul in it and it’ll come together. We’re all rooting you on from Colorado!

  24. Your honesty makes for great reading. You don’t have to be superman, you just gotta be … Gavin. Fly!

  25. I am all with you on this. We love our Explorers as we arre travelling together and flying both, but no always landing at the same place or where there is cellphone reception. Also we had dead on arrival explorer and it was exchanged by delorme in a hurry (24 hours no questions asked). Perfect customer service.
    What I would like to know how you download the topographic maps to see them on the screen of the explorer…i always tought the maps are only downloadable to the smartphone app??

    Regards
    Moritz

  26. +1 for Delorme !!!!!!!!!!!

    Like yourself, I’ve used both. I had never been in a real emergency and, as long as my friends could see the bread crumbs moving on the SPOT, I was fine. Couldn’t see the use of paying extra for tracking with a tracking point every minute with Delorme (you pay by point transmitted) or for texting.

    But, one day, we found ourselves with a motorcycle mechanical problem in the middle of the Utah backcountry – not a bodily injury. The ability to communicate by text via Earthmate and really reassure our friends that we were fine, had plenty of food and water, give them a description of the problem and a list of parts required was amazing. Couldn’t have done this with the preset messages on a SPOT.

    I now use a $25/mth plan on Delorme when I activate it that gives me 50 text messages ($0.50 for each extra) and a track point every 10 minutes.

    Needing such a device only 2-3 months out of the year, after 2 years, total cost is lower on the Delorme since I can put my account dormant at $4/mth when not in use.

  27. Hey Gav. Thanks for you candid comparison between the Spot and Delorme. Ive got a spot but can see greater benifits to the Delorme. Can the Delorme register altitude as well as im needing a tracker style better than Spot for my hike and fly up the Aussie Great Dividing Range in October this year

  28. Appreciate your time and effort put in to these podcasts. This knowledge is invaluable to our small community and although the effects are immeasurable, this is the kind of info that saves lives and increases our chances of sustaining in this flying lifestyle that we choose.

  29. Hey Gavin. Any ideas how the accelerometer and altimeter of the Explorer would work from a flying/thermalling perspective? And also the waypoint setting, in terms of flying comp courses? Cheers Bernie.

    • Hey Bernie,

      Short answer is not very well. They aren’t built for flying or using as a Vario. The waypoint could work…but really you need a dedicated instrument for flying for sure, and the Delorme for an awesome way for people to track, and for retrieves/ Safety.

      Thanks!

  30. Thanks Gavin; really enjoying these and learning a lot as well! I suppose we should be getting you a few bucks for these, well worth it!

  31. Hey Gavin,

    Thanks for this awesome chat. I found it incredibly interesting and learned a ton from both you and Jeff. You both have a way with words… I look forward to your next one…

    PS: I took my first Paragliding flight in March this year here in Durban. It was a tandem flight, but I got to take over the controls for about half of the hour+ long flight (ridge souring), so I got a really good feel for this incredible sport in perfect conditions.

    Cheers

    B

  32. Superb podcast, absolutely brilliant and love the enthusiasm. While the US PG community is apparently small, the big-wall climbing offshoots bring something unique that I don’t think we can match here in the UK or even much of Europe. Special mention also due for Cedar’s followup FB post on the tech-diving record attempt fatality. Very relevant, a timely counterpoint and evidence of a mature attitude to understanding risk perception for novice flyers (of which I am one).

  33. HI Gavin.

    great podcast! I fly in Greenland and we are just a few ones that fly/paraglide. and all the info in the podcas. is really useful for me.

    Thank`S! 🙂

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  35. I love this podcast! I have an unfortunate habit of listening to it on the way to/from flying, which means I’m usually driving down the highway while I’m listening to someone describe being caught in a storm or getting out multiple riser twists… I haven’t crashed my car yet, though, and it passes the time quick! Thanks much and please keep up what you’re doing. 🙂

    Also, in the interest of making sure your guests get good beer and not cheap beer for their time, I’ve donated a little extra and will continue to do so. Maybe you could have a suggested donation of 1 PBR, 1 craft brew, etc? haha.

    Thanks!!

  36. Best podcast yet! I can tell you guys also enjoyed it by how many caps hit the floor! Cheers!

    Nate mentions we can’t fly roads and that Matt gets all the credit. Can you elaborate? I assume cars disturb the air before the thermals get a chance to build?

    Also RockyTraverse is excellent! I really enjoy the flying only aspect. I live in that area and I will be adding emergency tree landing tools to my kit! I can see that line being redbull’s “X-rockies” line…

    Can’t wait for the next one.

  37. Hey Gavin, I to have some pretty “used” knee’s, which make me super curious about your experience….Do you feel like your knee’s are better now, the same, or more worn? When you started your training how much “managing the symptoms” were you doing? ie. did you find yourself “backing off” because of the pain, or pushing through? Thanks
    BK

    • Hey Brian,

      We talked quite a bit about this in the podcast, but to recap- Ben got me to a place where I had absolutely zero knee pain. The first month of training they would get sore on the long walks (but these were WAY shorter than what they turned into- like 10-15 km, whereas we got up to regularly doing 40-60 km walks on concrete) but as soon as we started incorporating all the mobility training with Kelly Starrett’s “Supple Leopard” methods of using rollers, lacrosse ball, and bands I had zero pain. During the race I had zero pain. First time I’ve not had pain in my knees since my ski racing days in my late teens and all the surgeries. Pretty amazing. The only pain I had in the race was because of my feet, they totally fell apart. Got swamp foot BAD and blisters everywhere. Check out the podcast I did with Kelly Starrett for more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwVc338BZDQ&feature=youtu.be

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  39. Congrats on making the raft. Wondering if you have a fitness maintenance plan, or if you are just going to ramp as future needs dictate?
    Cheers

    • Hey Gregg, thank you! I’m on a maintenance plan this year, and then will ramp up to proper training again October 1st 2016 for the 2017 race as we did this last year as that seemed to work great.

  40. Hi Gavin,

    thank you very much for another fantastic podcast. Please keep them coming. It’s really a great opportunity to be able to “meet” your guests and have an insight into their’s and your’s way of flying.

    Greeting from Prague and all the best!
    Maciej

  41. I learned to fly parapente in Europe and can’t get enough airtime! Would love to join you for a sortie over SValley & elsewhere Gavin!
    Keep up the podcast, good stuff!
    qb

  42. Hi Gav, great listening to you and Mads putting the world to rights. Just to let you know, that we have 25 or so copies of Mads’ book Flying Rags for Glory. I believe they are the last copies out there, so if anyone wants one, just get in touch with me on FB or logon to http://www.paragliding.rocktheoutdoor.com shop. Thanks for the mayhem, and looking forward to the next episode as ever. Take care now. Emma.

  43. I love your podcast. Great content and guests.

    I know it is highly uncool to complain about something that is hard work for you but free for me, but please buy a microphone. My ears literally hurt. And I don’t use literally loosely.

    • Hey PJ. I was using a microphone, but as it was on skype I agree, it was tough. Internet was pretty poor. I tried to clean it up as best I could, but apologies for the poor sound.

  44. What a difference it makes to have access to these conversations you have, It allows me to learn while at work.
    Keep on doing the good work Gavin!

  45. Thanks for another great podcast Gavin. We were lucky enough to have Tom & Ferdy van Schelven come to talk to our club in Auckland shortly after they’d finished their epic traverse of NZ’s Southern Alps in preparation for the 2013 edition of the X-Alps.

    They’re both such low-key, approachable guys and it was fantastic being able to have a beer with them and hear their stories first hand. Like Tom was saying in the podcast, even the top paraglider pilots tend to be happy to share their knowledge with weekend warriors, which is one thing I really love about the sport. Having those guys come to speak to us was the equivalent of F1 drivers having a chat to the local car club, albeit with a lot less money or fame involved!

    One angle I’d love to hear in a future podcast would be if you got one of the legendary designers like Bruce Goldsmith or Gin Seok Sung on to talk about the whole process of designing and testing new paraglider designs and where they see advances in glider design heading. I reckon that’d make for a fascinating discussion.

    Keep up the good work!

  46. Many thanks for the podcast. You really share a bit paragliding world to others. Feel that I learn a lot during those. The safety and cross county/comp tips are invaluable.

    All the best!

  47. Totally enjoy your podcasts! So much knowledge and inspiration crammed into every interview with all the great pilots. And so nice to get a voice to these names that you usually just see in articles in XCMag or some forum 🙂

    Please keep the coming

  48. Nice overview of the finer points between the two. Saw Will when he came by Colorado College to talk about the Rockies trip – looked sweet!

    I’ve used the SPOT and DeLorme for kayak multi-days, so exact, frequent positioning is less important than flying, but they’re great as rescue tools. Did a little cost analysis on my site ( http://www.johnnestler.com/blog/2015/11/choosing-a-satellite-device-delorme-inreach-se-vs-spot-gen3 ), really highlights the savings if people are doing just a couple big expeditions a year. Just

  49. Nice overview of the finer points between the two. Saw Will when he came by Colorado College to talk about the Rockies trip – looked sweet!

    I’ve used the SPOT and DeLorme for kayak multi-days, so exact, frequent positioning is less important than flying, but they’re great as rescue tools. Did a little cost analysis on my site ( http://www.johnnestler.com/blog/2015/11/choosing-a-satellite-device-delorme-inreach-se-vs-spot-gen3 ), really highlights the savings if people are doing just a couple big expeditions a year. Certainly something to think about given the higher upfront cost of the device.

    Do you ever carry a PLB as well, or do you consider that redundant?

  50. Hi Gavin,
    I’m a Canadian PG pilot living in Northern Sweden and I am super stoked for more Mayhem on Stitcher! Where can I donate to the cause? Wishing you amazing, aesthetic lines in the New Year!

  51. Awesome interview. Am missing the “what would you tell your 50 hour self” question in the last few interviews. Keep up the awesome work!

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  54. We love the klymit sleeping mats for our travels. How about the solar panel? We are traveling with one but when walking or flying we found it’s hard to position it optimal so it charges the battery. And hanging around camp for hours when the sun is out doesn’t seem to be a option as you want to get somewhere…

    • Hey Moritz. I too find it very hard to use the panels while underway. You really need down time. I’ve seen people fly with them on the outside of their harness but I don’t like misc junk hanging off me. Unfortunately I also find I need at least a 14 watt panel, which isn’t small…or very light. I’m working closely with Noco/XGrid on developing this tech.

    • Hi Barney, so is the plan to power your instruments directly when flying, or charge up a spare battery when flying, leaving your instruments and phone if you’re using FlySkyHy / XCSoar say, running off another battery?

      Cheers, Tim

      • Hey Tim, sorry not sure why I called you Aaron in the last! I don’t find charging while flying works very well. I charge as much as possible morning and evening, and days that are unflyable and carry a pretty large external battery (I use the Noco 12000mAh battery). So when I’m flying I keep my phone plugged into the battery. When I’m down I charge my XCTracer (vario), InReach, and phone again if needed.

  55. Gavin,

    Its been great listening to your podcasts, amazing job! best fresh learning material I have found on the net! Your work is a goldmine, please keep it up!

  56. I love my Klymit Ineria X-Lite. It’s great for camping, but I also use it in my car while driving, to keep my back from getting sweaty on leather seats.

  57. I was considering the flynet product paired with flyskyhy on the iPhone for next season. How did you arrive at the xctracer, and what are you feeding it to on your iPhone? I understand you are running the iPhone off external power. Even so when you are high and it is cold, you don’t have a problem with the phone getting too cold and shutting down? Thanks for the read.

    • Hey Aaron,

      Tom Sliepen set me up with the XCTracer as he’s working with the guys in Europe. And- Josh Cohn as well as Joel Debbons had them at US Nationals so I figured it must be good. I haven’t paired it yet with my phone (I just switched to an Iphone so in mexico stayed with XCSoar on Android as I didn’t want to have to learn something new for the comp). But I have looked at FlySkyHy and it looks great. I run the phone always connected to a 12 mAh battery (I use a Noco like in the article) and when I’m bivvy flying I keep a 14 watt panel with me. Cold doesn’t seem to affect it, even when I’m up really high (except I’m sure chewing through more battery).

      Cheers!

    • Hi Aaron, I use FlySkyHy on my iPhone 6 using a 13000mAh Anker battery. If I connect it to the 1A output the iPhone will shut down if it’s cold, but the 2A output works fine in all conditions that I’ve flown in.

      HTH

      Tim

      PS. I’ve got the XCTracer too – love it!

  58. I’m very happy to find these podcasts. I’m having a great time. Thank you Gavin! I would like to hear someone from Brazil talking about how to fly in Quixadá or Tacima and more women as some of them have a completely different approach to the sport (Seiko, Nicole or Kamira would be good to hear).

    • Thanks Elisa! Do you think Seiko or Nicole speak English well enough for the Podcast? I haven’t spoken with them much. Kamira I don’t know- I’ll track her down!

      • Kamira speaks English pretty well. I have her contact if you want. She had 2 kids now and therefore stopped flying for more than 3 years. But she is back in the air this year.
        I have interviewed Seiko here in Brazil once and her English seemed good enough for an interview. But she’s just been to Australia and got some big flights there… Don’t know about Nicole. You don’t have to put my reply up on the website.

  59. When I discovered flying (only 1,5 year ago), I left everything to do it, and during my first year I also flew 300+h, did some 100, 140km flights in the mountains and put myself in a few situations I should have never been. And of course I also had no money, or even a car, just my backpack and a huge hunger for flying… And since I went for it, all the most beautiful, incredible, amazing things happened!
    It’s so cool to hear a similar Ondrej’s story of following his instinct.
    I love your podcasts Gavin, I listen to every episode at least twice. Keep going!

  60. Outstanding Gavin and Cody! Wish I’d heard this about 13 years ago, ha ha…better late than never! Good luck Cody in Castelo in April.

  61. When we compare ourselves to basejumpers safetywise, we sound like winos saying ‘at least we aren’t crackheads…’

  62. First, I really enjoy the podcast. I have never flown a paraglider, but have learned so much in terms of vocabulary and information about the sport through your interviews. And the fact that it consistently holds my attention without even having flown previously is a testament to the quality of the interviews and subjects presented. So thanks for doing it.

    I have a question for the upcoming ‘in between’ podcast. I recently started pricing out wings, and was looking into options for entering the sport on a budget since wings seem to cost as much as my car. It seems that the instruction cost is fairly uniform in the US (correct me if i am wrong), so what is the best way to stretch dollars on equipment? Is buying a used wing a bad idea? What do you actually need on your flight deck? Thanks again,
    Jason

    • Hey Jason,

      Dude what a great compliment! I think my girlfriend is the only other person who listens who isn’t a pilot, it’s a real honor to hear we’re keeping you entertained. I just put a new one up an hour ago with Will Gadd, my partner on the Rockies Traverse. You’ll love it I think!

      I will for sure add this question to the upcoming Inbetween Cast- thanks so much!

  63. Thanks, for sharing another great conversation, Gavin. Every second of this one resonated deeply with me. Will Gadd is a total riot!

    When I recently added flying to my mountain adventures, I knew it would be great but admit that I am now completely and rediculously obsessed. It’s great to hear from others with similar personalities and views on mountain sports who can share their adventures and experiences.

    Really great stuff.

  64. Oh Sh*t! I’m glad that you were lucky and didn’t get hurt!

    I also had some close calls over the years (altought always more of a wrong decision in the same moment, not related to preparation) and could luckily walk away from them.
    Experiences liek these stay in your head and, at least for me, keep you from doing the same stupid things twice!

  65. ..Jesus. Thats all that comes in mind.. and i’m not really, the religious type. Thank you for sharing.. feel i just got given a “bonus” coin, straight into m’a knowledge jar.. without spending any from m’a luck jar! 🙂 With that in mind; one can comfortably replace my initial ‘Jesus’ reaction with “Sensational..!” Thanks again Gavin..

  66. What if we took the approach that our luck jars are already completely empty? How would it change your approach to flying?

    As in, there will be no luck waiting for you in the lee side, there will be no luck waiting to pull of a strong wind landing, no luck at all in sketchy landing sites. All you can rely on for certain is your experience. Every flying decision must be applying that experience.

    Thanks for sharing, your writing is excellent, as always. I’m so very glad we didn’t lose you, you have so much inspiration to share!

  67. Thanks for sharing. This makes me aware that even the ones that I consider the most focused ones make mistakes.

    I had a similar experience although this was my own stupidity. I was in my 3rd year. I was flying with an older but good DHV2. It was my 2nd glider and I had a couple of hours on it, maybe 150 flights since my career. It was a strong day, I was flying close to the top of the mountain, where the thermals are strongest and come from all sides. I was flying without a reserve, knowingly, because I was flying with a friends harness and he took out his reserve and I was simply too lazy to pack out my reserve out of the front container and put it inside the harness. But hey, I flew without reserve before, so what could go wrong?

    I thermaled up, spiraled down to make a top landing. Suddenly I got a front collapse, only a mediocre one. I immediately braked, since I was told to do so. Then the glider was going down and made all this strange small movements. I didn’t know what it was, so I was pumping even more. After seconds (felt like an eternity) I looked to the side and realized that I was going down fast, pretty fast, backwards. I was maybe 70m away from the ground. My thoughts were, ok, this is it, you die. At least you will be in a wheelchair. I didn’t even think about PLF, since I read about this later.
    Then I crashed hard on the thankfully soft alpine meadow ground. I was rolling back over the harness. I thought, ok, check if you can move your feet. Luckily I could. I stood up, embarrassed. Still grey before my eyes. My foot hurt. My left hand hurt. My body felt dull. The hit was so hard, that my arms were pulled back so strongly, ripping up my chest and possibly wrenching chest muscles and ligaments. (this pain in my chest lasted a year). I only missed the steel pillar of the gondola by a few meters.

    I packed my stuff and took the gondola down. 2 hours later I still saw grey and I was still pumped with adrenaline. I drank a beer with a friend, and analyzed what happened. Seems like I was going down to earth in a stall configuration. I didn’t know what that meant, so I had to read about this on the internet in the evening.
    The rest of the day I spent alone at the lake, thinking about life. I felt like I had put my life too easily at risk.

    Despite suffering some minor injuries but more so a mental wound, I was in the air again four days later, in laminar soft evening air. I even spiraled. It felt OK. I thought, ok, I will recover from that experience. Again, a couple of days later, on my next flight during midday, I hit a thermal. Suddenly fear was crawling in my fingertips. I never felt this before. I just wanted to escape, just get away from that air. After landing, I realized, that nothing was ok. It took me more than three months and lots of talking to friends and other pilots to overcome just the basic fear. And it took me a lot of flights as well.

    After a year I could enjoy flying again. In fact today, I enjoy it so much as (almost) nothing else. And I still need to learn a lot. But I also try to make good decisions. Always try to stick with a 5 points check before take off. Check my material, let repack my rescues regularly. Fly in strong conditions, but go down if I feel it’s not right. Be aware of fatigue and tell myself, I can go flying also the other day. And I will attend my first SIV this year, it’s late but better now than never 🙂

    • And of course Gavin, I am glad you survived this horrible situation! I am interested, if it left some scars on your mental face. Don’t get me wrong, I surely wish, that this is not the case, but this was a close call.
      All the best! And thanks for the excellent writing!

    • Hey Roman, thanks for sharing your story. Sounds like you were in a deep stall or tail slide for sure. Another good reason for lots and LOTS and LOTS of SIV training! Stay safe, have fun!!

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  69. Thanks a million for this Gav.. absolutely wild..

    [I’d like to see another food cache between ‘food cache 3 & 4’.. can’t something be placed on/after Denali?]

    Very excited and simply can’t wait to follow.. if you need anything from the far east, for the far north; do give me shout out!..
    I’d love to pitch in, anyway i can.

    • Thanks Dimitri! Unfortunately we can’t put anything in the park…and really we’re hoping to fly across it in one go instead of walking so we can stay legal. Will wait at cache 3 for a “perfect” day. In an ideal world:)

  70. These podcasts are so great! I laugh my ass off.. and learn so much! I got to fly with Nate back in 2011? on Maui at a grueling hard “hike” and fly spot called the L in lahaina town. I didn’t know he was on Island until I got to launch and he was taking off… (on his icepeak i think) and everybody was like…DUDE THATS NATE SCALES!!! Holy shit No WAY!! I ended up getting a little flight down range with him, he was sky’d out way above me the whole way but it was still super kool! I flew that little XC flight with no shirt and no vario on a borrowed tiny freestyle glider cuz mine was out of service… it was a kool experience to have somebody like that in the sport stop by. Thanks again for making these conversations possible. I threw in a few bucks so maybe you can buy a few Torpedos! Much aloha, Garrett

    • Thanks so much Garrett! I’ve passed on your comments to Nate (was just out touring with him 4 days in the Sawtooths this weekend and will be sending it in the Big Lost off King on Sunday). That one was indeed hysterical!

      • The Sawtooths are amazing! I lived in Sun Valley for a couple very memorable years and have a lot of love for that place. Definitely going to make a trip there again someday for sure! Hope the flying is good for King! Hope you guys score!!!

  71. What about the SPOT GEOS service that cover up to 100k USD of search and rescue wich you can pay only 2$ /month or 18 / year?
    SAR cost can climb up fast.

    • Hey Eric,

      Problem with SPOT service is they EXCLUDE flying: http://www.inreachdelorme.com/assets/pdf/GEOS_Search_and_Rescue.pdf. For example: Exclusions / The entitlement will not apply in the following circumstances:
      • Circumstances which could have reasonably been anticipated at the date
      the trip began e.g. forecast of adverse weather conditions
      • Emergency caused by inadequate provision or training or competence needed to complete the planned trip
      Ondrej Prochazka
      22:49
      Ondrej Prochazka

      and also others**

      Accidents arising from sky diving or sky surfing

      Accidents arising from hang gliding or paragliding

    • They CHARGE you for SAR in the US ? Wow… so there will be people who are right on the edge, but delay asking for help because of cost?

      In the UK our SAR, Coastguard, Lifeboat service and Mountain Rescue is all free, like our Healthcare and Dental.

      I guess I’ll need to check into insurance a little more closely this year – Luckily it’s only the Apalachian Trail, but still… unforseen gotchas are always a worry when outside of the EU.

      • Hey Gary,

        Most of those services are in fact free here as well, it’s just the activation of the SAR service on the InReach or Spot that costs a bit of money for an annual subscription. But if someone wanders off and gets in trouble, I don’t know of a Search and Rescue service that wouldn’t jump on it- that’s what those folks live for:) It’s important to get the CORRECT SAR service with your device. Standard SAR doesn’t cover Paragliding/Hanggliding, you have to get the “High Risk” benefit, sold directly through GEOS: https://www.geosworldwide.com. For a lot more info, see my article here: https://www.cloudbasemayhem.com/unscrambling-insurance-are-you-covered/

  72. Gavin thank you so much for putting together this awesome podcast. One huge question that keeps getting glanced over is landing in strong valley winds. On many interviews you and other pro’s have talked about that scary experience and then just move on to the next topic. Let’s face it, even with the best planning any one of us might drop down into this situation and I would really like to hear what it was like for you and what you and the other pro’s have done to survive such a scary situation. I remember almost getting blown over an 900 ft hill with only 10 feet of clearance, I had speed bar fully down pushing up on my upper harness straps for every last bit. A tiny gap in the wind let me dive down and I have never pushed my luck like that again. Landing backwards has felt like a mitigated crash landing to me as it’s really hard to remain standing so getting dragged highly probable.

    • Hey Jesse. Thanks so much for listening, glad you like them! Strong valley winds are indeed scary. Think we’ve all been there. Almost too many techniques to go over but I’ll bring this up in a future show for sure. Thanks man!

  73. Man all your Podcast and videos are invaluable to this sport, and especially intermediate pilots like myself. Thanks for bringing this content and as Will would say your awesome pathological optimism to us all! Hope to share the sky with you someday and good luck on your next adventure! Can’t wait to watch it!

  74. such a great flight… epic. great storytelling and information. just gets me pumped to fly more and be grateful for living so close to my sb mountains to fly anytime its good. thanks gavin will and redbull for the videoing….

  75. There is a way to drop supplies to you.
    Back in the 1960s A pilot named Steve Saint developed a way to communicate to hostile Indians in the Amazon jungle from a small plane.
    These same Indians had killed his father who was a missionary pilot and had landed to reach out to them.
    Steve Saint was able to fly his small plane in a tight circle
    of a 207 ft radius or 414 ft diameter.
    He had made a small winch by using a drill with heavy fishing line attached to a small bucket with a streamer on it. I believe he also had a swivel on it.
    He would let it trail outside the plane paying out line till it started lowering and the circle of the bucket getting smaller and smaller till it would drop straight down then stop on the ground while the plane circled over head. When a message or what ever was exchanged and back in the bucket it would then be drawn back up to the plane.
    It works so well the military is looking into doing it for troops who are on remote patrol that is why I saw it in a news article a few weeks ago.
    Maybe this will help you get supplies to you. Like freeze dried food packets and such or batteries.
    I no longer fly a Paraglider as my age and abilities will not let me.
    Be safe and fly well and long. May your success be fulfilled.

    • Thanks so much for your thoughts. That would be a clever solution! We are just going to go in via heli in advance and put in the caches as there’s a ton of snow and we need to dig them in. Dropping would be easier, but then they might trundle or disappear on us by the time we get there and need them. Cool solution though! Thank you!

    • Not 600, 60. For the current Alaska Expedition Dave and I both have about 40-44 pounds of gear without food and water. We can carry 5 days of food, and in Alaska don’t have to worry about water, but all up about 60 pounds. But every 5 days need to reload. In Alaska we’re putting in food caches in advance. I don’t know anyone who can carry 600!

  76. Thanks Gavin for having BG on the podcast. I always enjoy all of the insights and experiences of your guests. And of course learn a lot. My first glider I purchased was a BG designed Airways Sport 4. I still fly it today and , for me, I consider it to be one of my safest, best handling gliders I’ve owned. I am so excited that BG has carried on in the business of designing and selling gliders… I fly “B” gliders as a weekend warrior and will most likely only fly B’s for this old guy!
    Craig

  77. I LOVE the app

    My question is: are all of the stories very short snippets, not the full story?
    Thank you
    What a fabulous app

  78. Question – how often did any of you find the spot3 failing to deliver a msg or track – mine (which have been replaced) fail on the regular – we are considering the switch to inreach

    • Hey Joel,

      We didn’t use SPOT, we used InReach (Delorme). Spot doesn’t have two-way texting except through their maddeningly frustrating Spot Connect App, which is totally unreliable The InReach devices worked perfectly- literally sent thousands of messages over the 37 days of the expedition to the film crew, to get weather updates from the outside world, etc. We didn’t have a single problem. The only thing that can be annoying is keeping your bluetooth connected to the device from your smart phone. It stays connected if you have the app open and on, but if you shut your screen or stop using it you have to re-connect, but it only takes a second. Frankly, SPOT sucks- I used them for years, it’s cheaper but you get what you pay for:)

      Have fun, good luck!

    • I have been using the GEN3 in a flying application for 2 years. While I never had problems with the SPOT GEN3 messages, the tracking repeatedly shows gaps of up to 15 min (even at 2.5 min tacking interval).

      Messages are sent several times; position updates for tracking on the other hand only once. Or not at all, if at the scheduled time for some reason there was no GPS fix available. It also appears that sometimes the Globalstar satellites (the network SPOT is using) have problems seeing our SPOT device in mountainous terrain if we fly below the ridge line. This may further depend on the latitude you are operating on.

      SPOT support (and I confirm they do not respond to email at all!) says that’s normal and to be expected for their system.

      Having gaps of up to 15 min from a flight following point of view is totally unacceptable. If you cannot be sure that all position updates are reliably received, your search area quickly expands to a circle with 50 to 100km diameter centered around the last position report received before the crash.

      Iridium (the network used by – amongst other – inreach and Spidertracks) promises to be better in this regard, but I have not yet tried this yet. However, for the above reasons I have decided to move away from SPOT and to switch to an Iridium based tracker.

      • Hey Tim, see my response above re Globalstar vs Iridium. I also ran a boat around the world twice and we were using Iridium- it is truly “world coverage” so I don’t see inReach dropping out anywhere, and in fact has never done so for me.

        • Gavin, thanks for your reply!

          The global coverage is one dimension. The reliability with which a signal is received in an area with otherwise good coverage, is another dimension. While in our area we have, in principal, good Globalstar coverage, under certain conditions the signal doesn’t get through. These ‘certain conditions’ are not limited to, but correlate well with being in a valley (not even talking Grand Canyon here!), having a mountain shadowing the normal earth horizon, or flying below a ridge line.

          It may have to do with the low relative azimuth of the satellites the SPOT device has to connect to. And that may again vary with the latitude you are operating in (Globalstar might be optimized for 50 degrees North or latitudes, i.e., for North America and Europe). The relative azimuth at those latitudes might be higher than closer to the equator, or closer to the poles (for example, Africa spans between 25 deg North and 25 deg South).

          Problem is: Where do you need protection most? It is in the desert and at the poles. It is when flying low, in the mountains, or in valleys. It is where Globalstar doesn’t work, at least for me.

  79. Great article mate. Just wondering if you carry a satellite phone as well or if you find the Delorme capable enough to keep you in touch with everyone?

    I’m riding a motorbike (its not a plane but it’s more my style) from Alaska to Argentina later this year and I’m torn between the Delorme and an actual sat phone. I’ll probably be hiding a SPOT Trace on the bike somewhere so tracking might not be so critical, though the emergency sos could be. What do you think?

    • Hey Mick,

      No, we passed on satellite phones on this one just due to weight and space, find the InReaches more than enough. They are AWESOME- seriously we could not have done it without them. Messaging was perfect, locating each of us was perfect, etc. SPOT sucks, a far inferior system/ device. The two-way texting and even the new weather updates were invaluable.

      Sounds like an awesome trip- have fun!

    • All comparisons that I have read so far focus on features and pricing. There is far to little research done into the actual tracking performance (read: Will the satellite actually receive my position update?) and how this may differ between the two platforms.

      This is a very pertinent question, as the two products use different satellite networks (SPOT uses Globalstar, inreach uses Iridium). I personally have only been using SPOT (for two years now), so I cannot vouch for Iridium. Globalstar however (based on my experience in a flying application) shows critical gaps in the reporting of position updates. In other words, there is no guarantee that all the tracking transmissions (that the SPOT device sends and which you pay for) are actually received by the satellites. And frequently, there it misses 3 to 4 position updates in a row!

      For this reason we found that the SPOT GEN3 was insufficient our requirements (flight following; directing Search & Rescue).

      • Hey Tim,

        Great point. I should have made that part of my post but I’m not an expert. I’ve heard from many people like yourself who have also experienced problems with Globalstar and to me this is yet another reason to go InReach. We used the InReach devices on the north slope of the Alaska Range for 40+ days without a single hitch or drop, where our Inmarsat phones rarely worked or could get a satellite. SPOT is just inferior if you ask me on every level.

  80. Hi Gavin, I’ve been devouring your fantastic interviews, they have made my commute feel a lot shorter! I was trying to donate a few beers using the link above, but I get redirected to a generic PayPal site, without any payment instructions. Am I missing something? I’m not sure how to get the money to you from that site…

    Oh, while I’m at it: is it ok with you if I make a single donation (for now, anyway…), instead of lots of small ones for each podcast?

    Cheers, and keep ’em coming!

  81. Hi Gavin, just to confirm that the problem is indeed solved, no problems making a donation just now. And always glad to make a grown man blush! 🙂

  82. Hi Gavin,

    Thanks for the interesting comparison, agreed on SPOT user service, they’re surprisingly bad with support.

    You also wrote:
    “if you are outside of the US and need the text to go to a foreign number say in Switzerland you cannot put a + or a 00 then the number. You have to know what the carrier is that that person is using, then use that carriers email address.”

    This is not correct. There is a country selection on the “add phone” dialog, so there is no problem in adding a phone number from pretty much any country. It’s quite old feature, it’s been like that since about 2012 when I started to use SPOT.

    Maybe for U.S. users the SPOT web UI looks different? I live in Australia, use it here and in the countries I travel – and never had problems with foreign numbers…

    Cheers,
    Mikhail.

    • Hey Mikhail,

      Yes, this is a US spot user problem, and it still exists. Many, many people have complained to SPOT over the years about this (they make you pick the carrier, you can’t put in a + and the country code, or like you say- choose a country, which is pretty much impossible when you are overseas to figure out), and as you know- even it does work, going through making a contact and messages to certain people every time you go somewhere is a real pain in the ass. With Delorme you just bluetooth it to your phone and contact anyone you want! Presto. Simple and in an emergency- really really important. As you can tell, I hate SPOT- they have the most useless customer service I’ve ever used. Frustrating and at times, totally pathetic.

    • I’m also in Australia and own an Inreach SE. The device is awesome, but the service provider here in Australia, Pivotel, is very disappointing for the following reasons:

      * On one trip we couldn’t send or receive any messages for a period of 2 days because their message gateway server needed a reboot (ie, they have no redundancy — which was a shock as the device and service was sold on the basis of SAFETY).

      * When sending messages to different recipients, the “sent from” number changes from time to time and from recipient to recipient so you can’t actually just give someone your “satellite” number for them to message you (instead you need to send everyone a msg via the Inreach at the start of each trip to ensure that they can contact you).

      * Their customer service portal has login problems and their bills occasionally don’t add up.

      • Shoot! I’ve never heard of these problems. Are you still receiving them? I know satellites do have trouble from time to time as we experience on our boat operation with the Inmarsat equipment. I’ll forward this info to Garmin.

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  84. Another highly useful read Gavin, thank you ..

    As I understand you actually use your iPhone as your flight instrument coupled with the XCtracer.. however do you manage to keep the iPhone itself running in varying and sometimes cold temperatures, is it not prone to fail in the cold? And I am assuming that you keep the powerbank in the cockpit to power the iPhone?

    • Hey Stian, correct on all. I keep at 12,000 mAh external battery in my flight deck with a cable for iphone and android. I keep my phone plugged in from the start and if needed I can juice my Delorme (which I’ve never needed to do, those batteries last forever) or my XC Tracer (ditto).

  85. Good work gents! What type of sleeping pills? Did you notice any long term effects from those, and do you think that a beefier & more comfortable sleeping pad would have been an acceptable trade in the “weight-for-sleep” category?

    • Hey Nik,

      I just use those over the counter “Sominex” pills when I get desperate. I use the pad and also sleep on my concertina wing, which is enough…but I think next time I’ll go with a beefier pad for sure. It’s enough…but just. I’m just a shit sleeper. Meditation really helps, as does not eating chocolate and coffee late in the day, but I’m only human!

    • Hey Guy,

      I didn’t comment on gloves as this seems so specific to everyone, but I used some heavier BD gloves and a lighter fleece pair as well. I used the Independence Skyman lightweight round reserve, same as the one I used for the X-Alps, but after my reserve tosses when I was acro training this winter, those 100KG light-weights come down awfully fast and for “normal” flying I’m using a Beamer 3 as well as a larger round these days.

  86. Funny to see the “hot sauce” on the table in so many of those cabin photographs :-). Essential stuff! Gavin, you are totally bezerk, thanks for sharing your inspiring stories!!!

  87. Hi Gavin,

    Thanks for your review. I’ve had a SPOT2 for the past 3 years but like you say disappointed with the customer service. Their latest trick is to not send renewal emails and quietly bill the credit card, very naughty.

    I have now ordered an Inreach Explorer for Quixida this Autumn/Fall.

    Cheers, Mark.

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  90. Hi Gavin,
    first of all thanks for all you are doing for the flying community, you trips and reports are immensely incouraging!

    I am using a SPOT at the moment, but after my last trip to Bir/India where I discovered that half of the “OK”-messages have not been delivered, I will switch to the Inreach Explorer.

    One point that persuaded me to getting a SPOT in the first place is the fact that it sends tracking points every 5 minutes, while the Delorme Inreach only sends every 10 minutes unless you are on the extreme plan at rather high costs.

    How important is the tracking intervall for you? Are you fine with 10 minutes (which equals a distance of up to 8 km when flying at bar!), or do you pay the higher price for the shorter intervals?

    I know in the end it is a personal decision, but I would love to hear your opinion on this!

    Cheers
    Boris

    • Hey Boris,

      Thanks much for your message and stoked you have made the decision to move to Delorme, you won’t regret it. A FAR superior device. I have the extreme plan, so use the 2 minute send interval because I might as well. But I don’t think that’s all that important. 10 minutes is really sufficient because it’s not so much that we need the tracking in the air as much as we do on the ground or if we crash. Both of which 10 minutes is plenty. The more important thing is to get the plan that allows you enough 2 way texting- this is really where the Delorme excels and makes life a lot easier!

      Good luck, fly safe and have fun!

  91. Hi Gavin,
    Thanks for this great direct comparison!
    Two big questions left:

    I saw a lot of complaints on the ruggedness/ reliability of the Delorme InReach Explorer posted on the REI Houston site. A bunch of people have had trouble especially this last year– Is it reliable and robust in field environment?? Maybe this was user error or something but one guy had to replace unit twice. Not life saving if it doesn’t work!

    Second, if you are in a wooded area can you expect it to work OK, if not perfectly? Purpose of this would be for my daughter who is travels in Peru and Columbia a lot as a reliable emergency alert especially.

    Last if you have any guidance on which apps allow access to geological maps etc. when viewed, I would love to know!

    Thanks, hope to get this for her for Christmas!

    Jan

    • Hi Jan,

      Thanks for your comment. I have used my Delorme extensively backcountry skiing/sledding and used it on both the Rockies Traverse and Alaska Range Traverse, which are about as rugged as you can get and have never had any problems. BUT…they are water resistant, not water proof so that may have been what some folks have had trouble with, but that to me is a user error/ mismanagement with a tool that is very important. You wouldn’t leave a cordless drill out in the rain:)

      But yes, in my experience it is extremely reliable and and robust. We were using them sometimes as much as 150 text sends per day on the north side of the Alaska Range, where Iridium doesn’t even work (SPOT network), and we never once had a delay in sending/receiving or live tracking updates.

      The only time the units struggle is if they can’t see a satellite, so your questions about wooded areas- they are usually fine, but when you’re down in a narrow canyon that can cause delays for sure.

      For maps, the Earthmate app which pairs with the Delorme is great, and their topo maps that you can download for particular areas get better and better all the time. If you need more robust mapping I find a combination of caching google Earth (MUST do this in advance) and GAIA (again- you have to download maps in advance, so you don’t suck down cell data when underway) works great. Gaia has amazing topo maps for most of the world and “snap-to” trail navigation. The Earthmate app is awesome where there are multiple people using the Delorme’s as you can see precisely where your partners are at as soon as they send you a message. To me the two-way messaging of the Delorme’s are more reliable and better than even a satellite phone.

      Hope this helps!

  92. Just found your blog, and stoked to have found this entry. Really cool to see how you guys put this all together, but here’s a seemingly dumb question:
    Did you guys actually pack all this stuff up AND flew with all the gear as well? I’m a novice paraglider, and getting all my wing in my harness/pack is tough as it is! Thanks again.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the movie!

    • Hey Jau,

      Yes we did- we put in food caches in advance which didn’t work out so hot (we mostly starved) but we carried all our paragliding and living/camping gear the whole way. Dry (ie without water) both of our packs weighed about 60-65 pounds depending on food load. At the end after Dave left I took all his food and was up close to 80, but I was more than happy to carry the extra weight and eat well!

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    • Good reading. The second article also included a link to an Iridium value-added service (VAS) provider who offers alternative, and more flexible data plans for the inreach devices: http://www.protegear.de

      I contacted them and they proved to be very responsive. They also offer emergency alerts in case of no position updates received, or in case of no movement. This used to be the unique value proposition of Emergency Locator Transmitters (406 MHz ELT’s) that get activated by the g-force of the impact (although with a fairly poor record of actually getting the signal through).

      To my knowledge, out of the Iridium-based satellite trackers, only Spidertracks emulates a similar, automated watch mode, based on no position updates being received for > 10 min.

      It is great to hear that – with ProteGear’s SmartSafety feature – inreach can be made to do the same and more, at lower cost. In terms of device and data costs, Spidertracks can easily be twice as expensive as using inreach.

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  99. I love the show and I would like to support it. But for some years now I do donations exclusively through Bitcoin. Would be great if you post a BTC donation address.

  100. props for replying to comments almost two years later. 😉

    From the article:
    “Flexibility. This doesn’t really need a discussion. With a Delorme you can two-way text to anyone. SPOT doesn’t. SPOT and Delorme provide bread-crumb tracking in much the same way so no huge winner their, but the Delorme Earthmate App you can see downloadable (free) topographic maps, and you can see your partners position right on the screen (and they can see yours). The Earthmate App has all of this in a much more user-friendly Apple-like interface (on both Android and Iphones). Winner: Delorme.”

    am i correct in taking away from this paragraph that two people, two inreach SEs (with service plans), two smart phones with Earthmate app = ability to track each other while in the wild?

    • What??? Donald I’m sorry man, I just saw this, thought it was recent. Tech?.

      But answer is yes- w InReach devices as long as u have the maps downloaded in advance (assuming you don’t have cell service/data or of course then you just check map share page) when you text a msg to another device u can see exactly where they are. Dave and I used this a ton in Alaska when we’d get separated.

      Sorry again for the delay, yikes!

      • compared to many sites i visit, that was blazing. thank you for the answer and the excellent article.

        don

    • Hey Nate,

      I used the Advance 100 Litre comfortpack. I’ve used this one for all my bivvy trips, back to the Sierra trip in 2012 and a short bivvy I did with Sylvester in Bir in 2011. You can go lighter for sure, but Dave’s Ozone backpack that comes with the Ozium literally fell apart on the trip- so you’ve got to match the gear with the mission:)

      If you are starting around Carlo Creek/Cantwell and heading east then the terrain is really friendly, very few alders, etc so you can probably get away with something lighter weight.

      Sounds rad, have fun!

  101. When you want to go flying and the weather is shit
    When you need inspiration and getting your fix

    Tune in on the podcast Cloudbase Mayhem.com
    Let your mind drift away and enjoy the fun

    Loving every minute of this show
    When you´re relaxing or on the go

    Here you find answers for all the questions you had
    Experienced pilots will share it straight from their head

    This program is a source of great knowledge and advise
    To keep us paragliders safer in the skies

    Thankyou Gavin for sharing the words
    to all paragliders in the whole wide world

  102. When you want to go flying and the weather is shit
    When you need inspiration and getting your fix

    Tune in on the podcast Cloudbase Mayhem.com
    Let your mind drift away and enjoy the fun

    Loving every minute of this show
    When you´re relaxing or on the go

    Here you find answers for all the questions you had
    Experienced pilots will share it straight from their head

    This program is a source of great knowledge and advise
    To keep us paragliders safer in the skies

    Thankyou Gavin for sharing the words
    to all paragliders in the whole wide world

  103. Hey Gavin,

    I’m interested in working a Thermal Tracker PTT into my comms system. Can you comment on how well the mic integrates with an open face helmet? Does it tend to get in the way or snag on lines and overall how was the wind noise? Thanks in advance.

    • Hey Brandon,

      Sorry for the delay, I was competing in the X-Alps and just finished yesterday. I use the Thermal Tracker PTT w my open face, works great. I put some soft foam over the mic end and just tuck it into my buff so it stays near my mouth. Then I cut a small hole in the helmet ear covers and slide the earpiece into the hole. You can also put a small screw into your helmet to hold the wire, but I don’t find it needs it as the earpiece and transmitter button, which you just velcro to the side of the helmet keeps it all in place. Kevin sends a ton of extra stuff like velcro and spare parts with the PTT system.

      Have fun!

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  105. Great documentary!! I felt I was in the air with you. I just started using an external catheter (with foam wrap) in Refugio, TX for our hang gliding xc encampment two weeks ago. It worked good except it slipped off on a couple flights. What type are you using?

    Bun

  106. Hey,
    Just wanted to have a glimpse at your work, but ended up watching the whole “Rocky Mountain Traverse” with Isabelle. Thanks for risking your life for our entertainment 😛 That was awesome!

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  113. Excellent source of info and insight! As a newbie to the sport and your podcast, I learned the answers to questions I havnt even thought to ask yet but I will definitely be adding the info from your guests to my training plan.

    A shout out to my instructor Hadi Golian in SoCal

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  116. Never done it, probably never will, although I am tempted. Used to fly sailplanes a lot, and love anything that thermals, so have been enjoying your podcasts and videos immensely. Great content and stories and adventure! Completely changed my perspective on paragliding. You people are brave to put yourself into turbulent thermals with those things 🙂

  117. Given all the trouble with the Spot support, can you connect it instead to another satellite network service provider?

    • Hey Keith,

      There may be a way to jury-rig something like this, but I very much doubt it. All sat trackers work with a given company (ie Iridium or InMarsat). I don’t think SPOT’s trouble is with their provider, it’s the software and the company. Not being able to two-way message and having no ability to easily manage your messages and to who they go to just makes them incredibly frustrating. InReach is just far superior…but more expensive.

  118. Hello friends,
    Do you ship hats to Bulgaria/ East Europe? Could you tell roughly how much would be the freight?

    Cheers,
    Georgi

  119. Hey Gavin,
    Ben from the UK here.

    Garmin are in the process of releasing the inReach mini. Do you know much about it ?

  120. This is really a nice and informative, containing all information thanks Gavin for Sharing this.

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    Garmin GPS Support and my contact number is +1866 830 4390

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  122. Hi,
    I was wondering if you regulary sleep on your wing on vol biv trips. If yes, does it provide some insulation or is it just good enough to increase your comfort?

    • Hey Stanislav,

      I do, but I also take a super light Klymit air pad, like the Junior V Junior (more comfy, but a little heavier) or the Klymit Inertia X-Frame (SUPER light, but very fragile) and then the wing makes for a little more comfort and insulation. Just keep it laid out in a super light concertina bag. That seems to work pretty well. For short bivvy’s I’d go without the pad all together, but for longer I like the comfort and need to get good sleep.

      Have fun!

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  124. Nice one! But hes flying a en-b wing after 5 month in conditions of sun valley! That’s a kind of the opposite what you are talking about in all the safety podcasts to not level up so fast and more! Does he has the intermediate syndrome already whiteout even being a beginner? 😉
    Great to hear more stories
    Catch ya

    • Well…a B wing is pretty safe, and I wouldn’t suggest flying an A glider here but yes, he was right smack into Intermediate syndrome from day 1:) He’s really getting better, luckily has had a few “incidents” that have kept him in check.

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  127. Hi Gavin! Thank you for your work and effort to make us all safer and better pilots. I’ve tried to buy green t-shirt but it’s out of stock. I’ll wait till it’s back. All the best brother and good luck with preparation for RBXA!

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