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FBS
Apr 27, 2015

The real fun of living wisely is that you get to be smug about it.



I've been idly interested in hang gliding since I was five and could watch them from my backyard in new mexico.

I already do motorcycling though and picking up additional dangerous sports feels like tempting fate. And I don't live anywhere good for it right now anyway.

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mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

FBS posted:

I've been idly interested in hang gliding since I was five and could watch them from my backyard in new mexico.

I already do motorcycling though and picking up additional dangerous sports feels like tempting fate. And I don't live anywhere good for it right now anyway.

That was kind of my attitude too, I have a couple bikes I take to the track sometimes and ride up in the twisties around here. But also flying is crazy fun so I couldn't resist.

Craptacular
Jul 11, 2004



mad.radhu posted:

That was kind of my attitude too, I have a couple bikes I take to the track sometimes and ride up in the twisties around here. But also flying is crazy fun so I couldn't resist.

Sounds like you need to get a bitchin' headband and combine your two hobbies.

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe


good lord

Ciaphas
Nov 20, 2005

> BEWARE, COWARD





if I ever need a way to go out, i'll remember this

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

This is a really good video that is making the rounds demonstrating ground handling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzWeD01lhwI

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

hi I made a small video about soaring out on the coast, I hope you enjoy it but if you don't I apologize in advance

https://youtu.be/s2LKuSNzryw

froward
Jun 2, 2014

catch me on the IRC, dogg



we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves

FISHFRIEND


this seems very cool but also incredibly dangerous

Epitope
Nov 27, 2006



Grimey Drawer

I did a shake down cruise with my pulk just now, and someone asked "is that your kite?" No but I guess I look the part of a kite skier, so half way there I guess

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

froward posted:

this seems very cool but also incredibly dangerous

Injury rates actually aren't as high as you'd think, last I saw I think it was roughly comparable to motorcycling - but in the same way, it's sort of how dangerous you make it. Flying a very high performance wing and doing acrobatics is much less dangerous than soaring around on the coast on a training wing.

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

I went and did a Cross Country flying clinic down near Santa Barbara, it was a great experience. Here I launch, gain some altitude in rising thermic air, then follow world-class pilot Mitch Riley across the town of Fillmore, CA to land at a public park (bonus: my wing collapsing over Vons and sending me into a recoverable spiral, very exciting). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLg7IjsHlqs

Proust Malone
Apr 4, 2008



mad.radhu posted:

Ibonus: my wing collapsing over Vons and sending me into a recoverable spiral

My palms are sweaty from just reading this

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

Proust Malone posted:

My palms are sweaty from just reading this

It's actually really interesting, modern intermediate class paragliders are amazing. the fix for most problems your glider might have in the air is just taking pressure off the controls so it can reinflate, which can be counter-intuitive but as you see in the video it sorts itself out in about a second.

DuckConference
May 27, 2004



I have my first lesson booked for this saturday, starting to get pumped (although I dunno if you leave the ground on day 1). Assuming I can get the hang of it there may eventually be another bay-area paragliding goon!

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

DuckConference posted:

I have my first lesson booked for this saturday, starting to get pumped (although I dunno if you leave the ground on day 1). Assuming I can get the hang of it there may eventually be another bay-area paragliding goon!

oh hell yeah, if you're gonna be out at Ed Levin i'll probably see you at the park.

mad.radhu
Jan 8, 2006






Fun Shoe

DuckConference posted:

I have my first lesson booked for this saturday, starting to get pumped (although I dunno if you leave the ground on day 1). Assuming I can get the hang of it there may eventually be another bay-area paragliding goon!

i'm gonna fly over you quacking

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DuckConference
May 27, 2004



mad.radhu posted:

i'm gonna fly over you quacking

Haha that would be something! What does your wing look like, I can come say hi next time.

Also can confirm thread title now.

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