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Paragliding across the Alps. From Zurich to Ljubljana, the vol-bivouac adventure of Rico Chandra.

August 26, 2020: “Last Challenge” [DAY 23]

August 26, 2020: “Last Challenge” [DAY 23]

I meet Marko for coffee and a thorough briefing. He is competing in the serial cup. Later I walk to Camp Gabrije where Sergei welcomes me and offers me a ride up to launch. I arrive on Kobala’s launch, just in time for the competition’s briefing. At present the wind is still...

August 25, 2020: “grounded” [DAY 22]

August 25, 2020: “grounded” [DAY 22]

I’m really sore today, the long march to Bovec got to me. The weather is great for walking, terrible for flying: windy, cloudy enough, not raining. I hike from Kobarid to Tolmin. It’s only three hours or so, but my pack feels heavy and my legs ache. Not to mention my shoulders....

August 24, 2020: “Blown out” [DAY 21]

August 24, 2020: “Blown out” [DAY 21]

Recovering from yesterday’s long haul I enjoyed breakfast at the Thirsty River Brewery. After catching up on my correspondences, I met up with Tamara & Nico for lunch. Initially, I had written off flying today, but the weather started clearing up at noon. And how strong...

August 23, 2020: “Thunder in the South” [DAY 20]

August 23, 2020: “Thunder in the South” [DAY 20]

After a hearty breakfast at the Feistritzer Schutzhütte, I hike up to Oisternig. I’m joined by Robert, a local on a hike & fly mission of his own. He gives me a comprehensive briefing on region. There’s a thick inversion all around us, but the wind is good. Robert launches...

August 22, 2020: “Glimpse of Slovenia” [DAY 19]

August 22, 2020: “Glimpse of Slovenia” [DAY 19]

I started walking before nine. Almost 20 km from Hermagor to Vorderberg. And then 1500 m up the mountain. By the time I reached Oisternig summit, the wind was too strong to consider launching, and I was wasted. Though tomorrow’s not looking great, I’ll catch some rest and try...

August 21, 2020: “More than I paid for” [DAY 18]

August 21, 2020: “More than I paid for” [DAY 18]

From the moment I landed at Eggershof, I got smothered in a wonderful bath of hospitality and friendliness. After a hearty breakfast, Beate, my host, gave me a ride up towards their Almhütte. She was heading up to turn the hay, and took me a bit further. After 40 minutes walk I...

August 20, 2020: “Pummeling up Pustertal” [DAY 17]

August 20, 2020: “Pummeling up Pustertal” [DAY 17]

I’m making headway. Flying was not pleasant today. Better than walking? All the while. After consulting with my buddy Nico, I trotted over to Trens and hiked up to a launch. The wind was fine, but I felt I’m too low, only 400 m above the valley. I felt my motivation shouldn’t...

August 19, 2020: “Challenges galore” [DAY 16]

August 19, 2020: “Challenges galore” [DAY 16]

I get up early and check the weather. It was supposed to be flyable but isn’t. A friendly shepherd takes me up to Timmelsjoch. 600 sheep in his care. Cloudbase is below the pass height, it’s cold, and it’s blowing across the pass to the south. 5 hPa pressure gradient, not 3 hPa...

AUGUST 16, 2020: “Running the gauntlet to Sölden” [DAY 15]

AUGUST 16, 2020: “Running the gauntlet to Sölden” [DAY 15]

Schönjoch sits at 2400 m asl above the massive Austrian ski resort of Fiss-Serfaus. I take the cable car up to get ready for an early start. Hefty thunderstorms have been forecast for the early afternoon. I launch and easily make some height, but not much. I make a go towards...

AUGUST 15, 2020: Austrian Headwind [DAY 14]

AUGUST 15, 2020: Austrian Headwind [DAY 14]

August 15, 2020: “Austrian Headwind” [DAY 14] Yesterday I called Simon and Pescha, to seek local guidance from guys who know the Oberengadin well. The launch I’m aiming for - Muntischè - will be exposed to the north-westerly pouring over the pass. They advise me to give it...

August 14, 2020: “Albula” [Day 13]

August 14, 2020: “Albula” [Day 13]

It was raining all morning. I used that to catch up on work - with a number of telephone conferences. Kind of surreal sitting on a bed in a hotel room in the mountains, wearing board shorts and a merino T-shirt discussing matters of nuclear security.Once the rain eased, I...

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