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:
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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