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Cross Country 159: What’s in the latest issue…

Thursday 9 April, 2015
Matt Gerdes wings it on the cover. Photo: Alex Buisse

Matt Gerdes wings it on the cover. Photo: Alex Buisse

Hold your breath! Matt Gerdes is about to take you deep, deep inside the mind of one our most breathtaking cousins – the wingsuiting Base jumper.

Imagine hovering silently just near the summit of a massive peak, with a near vertical 3,000m wall beside you. Not in the rattling chaos of a helicopter, not sitting in the seat of a paraglider harness, not attached or connected to any rope – hovering freely, arms outstretched, ready to catch the wind. This, the feeling of true human flight, is our holy quest.

Matt is well-known on the paragliding scene – he’s worked for Ozone for a decade – but found himself inextricably drawn towards this high adrenaline activity when he first heard about it while lolling on a blown-out paragliding launch in the south of France.

Since then he’s dived in, er, head first and now he’s an expert, an authority on the sport as it has expanded from niche mountain activity to YouTube-busting spectator sport.

His article stretches across a dozen pages in the latest issue of Cross Country magazine. That’s him on the cover, captured at 200km/h by photographer Alex Buisse two years ago as he flew the Brevent in Chamonix.

It’s an amazing story, brilliantly told. Even if you have no intention of ever stepping off a cliff and 35km/h soaring is your max speed, it’s an amazing read. Jump in!

The rest of the magazine is also packed with everything from the world’s of paragliding and hang gliding. Including:

Mexico Hang Gliding World Championships 2015
Worlds 2015: Silver medallist Antoine Boisselier’s photos from the Hang Gliding World Championships in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

Paramotoring the Tiete in Brazil
Paramotoring: Lu Marini flies 1,000km along the length of the River Tiete in Brazil.

Jorge Atramiz in Hawaii
Awesomeness: Jorge Atramiz welcomes us to his home in Hawaii and shows us his spectacular photography.

Air Design Rise 2 SL
On review: We take the new Air Design Rise 2 SL to Colombia…

gradient-aspen-5-review
On review: Take Gradient’s Aspen 5 out to play in the southern French Alps…

mac-para-elan-review
On review: Have a lot of fun with the MacPara Elan…

mac-para-charger-review
On review: And charge about in Florida on their sister wing, the Charger.

Dean-Eldridge-Nil-Wind-Launches
Plus: We feature all our usual expert columnists, including Dean Eldridge from the world of powered paragliding.

Honza-Rejmanek-Jet-Streaks
Weather: Red Bull X-Alps legend Honza Rejmanek with his regular meteorology class.

Icaristics-Understanding-Reinflation
Icaristics: Former Paragliding World Champion Bruce Goldsmith on the difference between shock- and progressive-inflation.

Jeff-Goin-Variety-Spice-Of-Life
Powered Up: US PPG guru Jeff Goin on spicing things up.

Jon-Chambers-Speed-And-Using-All-The-Day
Mountain flying: Alpine guru Jon Chambers on flying at the right speed so you can get the most out of your day.

My-Line-Pascal-Campbell-Jones
Parabatix: The dude himself, Pascal Campbell-Jones on what makes a Parabatix pilot tick.

Nick-Neynens-XC159
Naked Pilot: Nick Neynens reveals what it took to traverse the Southern Alps in record time.

Solar-Impulse-Acro-Heart-XC159
Insight: Plus we look past the shiny corporate image of the Solar Impulse and uncover its rebel acro hang-gliding heart!

More and more: All this and more – including all the latest new products – bundled up in one tasty 132 page magazine, delivered to your door or digital mailbox.

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