12 February 2016

Paragliders

This may sound a little crazy but frequently I drive up onto the nearby moors simply to read. I find a quiet place and sit in my car without distraction - totally focussed upon the book. Daylight helps to illuminate my pages.

And so it was on Thursday afternoon. Sitting right on the border between Derbyshire and Yorkshire, I absorbed two long chapters and then looked out across Burbage Moor. In the distance I noticed the unmistakable shapes of tiny paragliders, hovering about Stanage Edge, making use of rising air currents. Actually, they weren't tiny at all - that was just the perspective. They appeared like little may flies.

It was a reminder of the summer of 2008 when Shirley and I paraglided over the lagoon at Olu Deniz in Turkey. We were strapped to experts and lived to tell the tale. See this old post. For us it was literally a once in a lifetime experience but for others it is a mad passion that they revisit at every opportunity - even a cold February day. It's an adrenalin addiction.

Two chapters were quite enough so as that bright afternoon advanced towards evening, I decided to drive onwards to Stanage, hoping to snap some photographs of those daredevil paragliders. In total, I took sixty one pictures in twenty minutes, hoping that a few of them might turn out okay.

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  1. Fantastic photographs. Such a clear sky too.

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    1. I have taken the liberty of booking a tandem paragliding experience for you Mrs Weaver. Remember to wear your thermals. Friday 13th of May 1300hrs at Stanage Edge.

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  2. I love that first photo
    Very james bond

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    1. You mean the one with the green chute? I love the flier's pose - all set for lift off.

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  3. Great pictures, Yorkie. Beautifully captured.

    Just around the corner from where I live here on Tamborine Mountain is the take-off area for hang-gliders/para-gliders (see site below - it shows the area and other attractions this area here on the hill has to offer). I pass it every time I go to do my shopping. Those who partake in the adventurous fun gather there a few days each week with their equipment packed on their vehicles. I imagine they have a similar type of vehicle waiting somewhere down below.

    It must be such a thrill, and an exhilarating thing to do, but I freely admit, I'd not be brave enough to do it! One time years ago I almost went up in a glider, but the pilot decided the dusk was descending too rapidly and pulled the plug on that plan. And I never got another opportunity to do it.

    http://www.discovertamborine.com.au/hang-gliders-tamborine-mountain/

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    1. Well that's a shame that you never got to fly like a bird Lee but remained earthbound like an emu. Please don't misunderstand me - I am not saying that you look like an emu. I went to the link but I shall not be phoning Ken Hill any time soon.

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    2. I'm probably more an old hen, Yorkie! ;)

      I used to love flying in the sea planes, though, when I was managing the resort on Hinchinbrook Island.

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  4. Awesome photos. These fliers have some very colorful gear.

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    1. I guess you like the Red chutes best Red!

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  5. Great photos. I am fascinated by hang gliders and can watch them for hours.
    Best pic - the angled red glider...

    Ms Soup

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    1. Yes in that picture you sense the pull of the wind don't you Alphie. They move so naturally and do not pump out engine fumes.

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  6. These are very good. It's something I've never done but always been drawn to.

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    1. You would love it Adrian but in this Health and Safety Nation I am not sure if it is possible for paragliders to sell tandem tickets to customers.

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  7. Beautiful photographs! I love the idea of hang gliding but would probably be too scared to actually try it.

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    1. Drink a few whisky sours before you go up Jennifer!

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    2. Yeah, great idea. Then I could poop myself AND throw up! Good times!

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    3. ...and don't forget to wear your brown trousers Jennifer !

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  8. Great pictures! I'd like to give it a try one day, but am not so keen as to actively do something about the idea. It must be wonderful to see that landscape from the perspective of a glider.

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    1. To see the world from the perspective of a bird - with no engine sounds - just the sound of the air rushing by. It is a magical experience Meike.

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  9. Your photography skills are quite impressive YP. I also think reading in the car would be fabulous....although I have never driven to the moors to do it, quite often when I have arrived at home or somewhere else, and I'm warm and comfortable in the car, I quite often think how nice it would be to sit in the park or somewhere, with a flask of tea, and stay in the car with a book for a while.......it must be an old persons thing!

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    1. Not an old person thing but a rough-tough-testosterone-fuelled man thing Libby!

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  10. Lovely pics YP, and what a beautiful day for soaring like a bird. Have never tried this (too old now) but enjoyed a hot air balloon ride some years ago.

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    1. Well that's something I have never done. It would be lovely to drift over the African plains in a hot air balloon's basket looking down on the creatures and the landscape below...

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  11. Hmm. I am a stick-in-the-mud. Or, in this scenario, a stick-to-the-earth! Never had a desire to fly, hang-glide, hot air balloon or anything of the sort. A mad gallop on a horse is about as daring as I've ever been or care to be. Your pictures are fascinating, of course.

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  12. Apart from my love of paragliding your post reminded me that I used to drive out into Wales and the Lake District and find a stream and just sit and read. It was a very long time ago though.

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