Vitek Ludvik flies with a view of the mighty Annapurna range on the cover of the latest issue, Cross Country 229 (May 2022). Shot by Olivier Laugero the pair were on a mission in Nepal, searching out new spots to fly. Inside they join up with Sano Babu Sunuwar and head into the Himalaya. Here’s what else is in the magazine.
“Ciao Maurizio!” Flying since the 1980s, Italy’s Maurizio Bottegal reveals what he’s learnt in his more than 35 years of paragliding.
It’s hot, it’s Ozone’s new Zeno 2 – the glider Honorin Hamard flew to competition success in Colombia this season. Michel Ferrer grills him about the new wing.
The Stubai Cup in March was a chance for manufacturers to showcase their new gliders and harnesses ahead of the start of the European season. We headed there to get the latest news – and test fly some new wings.
“When should you upgrade?” The ego-destroying answer is “Maybe never” says Théo de Blic in his latest column. “If you’re not flying on bar, then you don’t need to step up.” Ouch.
Stability and changing pressure is the topic under discussion by our resident weatherman Honza Rejmanek. He explains how a push-pull situation can create epic high cloudbase over the Alps.
We’re onboard with Vitek as he climbs out from Korchon and heads towards Machapuchare. In our cover story he and Olivier Laugero explore mountain launches in Nepal away from the madding crowd.
With only 19 miles under his belt Chris Gibisch was invited to Big Spring, Texas to fly with some of the best long-distance hang-glider pilots in the world. It was a trip he never forgot.
Plus, whether flying Point of the Mountain or the Annapurnas of Nepal, Bill Belcourt gives us insight into the best way to find a mentor – and explains how to make sure they are the right one for you. Take his advice, load up with XC229 and fly for the horizon.