Every time I return to the mountains for some vol-bivy paragliding, I'm reminded once more just how important it is to pack light! This recent trip was no exception. Having just returned from a successful crossing of the Pyrenees, I thought my gear list might be interesting for others. Before you ask, yes I could have taken way less stuff. This mountain range does have small towns dotted about after all. However, I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to train for bigger crossings... DISCLAIMER:
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” ― Howard Phillips Lovecraft I’d like you to think about what humans have accomplished for a second. We’ve ridden across Earth’s great land masses, built ships to sail across the seas, invented machines that can take us to the depths of the oceans, into space, and now–thanks in part to modern paragliding gear–we’re able to hike and fly across
For the last 6-months, I’ve been working full-time on the Thermal Crossings project. It’s been a rollercoaster ride from start to present, and I’m lucky to have met many AWESOME people along the way. Sure it hasn’t been without the occasional #$%& up, but all in all, this experience has provided me with a huge learning opportunity that has forever changed the way I think about crowdfunded expeditions. Without a doubt, the most intense period was when the crowdfunding page went LIVE.