Cross Country Travel Guide

Cross Country Travel Guide 2017

Cross Country Magazine’s annual international travel guide to some of the best paragliding and hang gliding sites around the globe. Packed full of information and stunning photographs the 100-page guide is full of up-to-date information about where to fly, when to go and who to talk to when you get there or before you go. Whether you want inspiration for your next trip or reliable, fact-checked information about flying sites around the world, you’ll find it here. A must-read for any pilot who wants to hit the road.

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4 min.
exploring south africa

Sky Safari Combine a family big-game safari in the famous Kruger National Park with some paragliding. Once you’ve ticked off the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo), it’s time to explore the flying sites of the Mpumalanga region, just a “short drive” away. (Although in this part of the world that phrase can mean four hours behind the wheel). God’s Window, as you might guess from the name, is a stunningly beautiful area, popular with tourist buses and promoted as “one of the most scenic vantage points in South Africa”. It’s an elevated escarpment that looks out over a valley with a small take-off 600m above the valley floor. It offers thermalling and, later in the day, modest XC flying. Top-landing is best as a retrieve from the bottom is…

6 min.
flying with condors

Curious and non-aggressive, the condors of Argentina are a unique wingman to share the sky with. Cuchi Corral is one of the main sites in northern Argentina, and here it’s normal to fly with condors, but there are plenty of other sites in the area that also offer airtime with the big bird. Condors have a three-metre wingspan, and are curious – they are just as keen to fly with you as you are with them. The juveniles, recognisable by their brown feathers which turn black in adulthood, can get a little playful in the air, so give them a little more room. The nearby village of La Cumbre where most pilots stay is a tourist village, popular with weekenders from Buenos Aires looking to escape the sea-level summer heat in exchange…

2 min.
on the road, in the air

Putting the glider down on a dusty track I heard the radio crackle into life. “Say, ‘Good dogs, hello dogs,’ they’ll be OK.” The barking had followed us up and down the hill as we’d eked out every metre of our scrappy, stable climb, the dogs chasing our shadows. The homestead below was on its own, three miles from the main road, and the owner was clearly a fan of big dogs. “I have twenty-one,” he said when he arrived in his battered pick-up to see what we were up to. “Great Pyrenees dogs, for the mountain lions.” He had lost 200 goats in the past two years, he said in a mix of Spanish and English, and these big, fluffy, white dogs were the only thing that kept the pumas…

4 min.
hike-and-fly with paul g

Gaisberg, 1,288m, Salzburg, Austria The Gaisberg is the city of Salzburg’s very own adventure mountain – and the Red Bull X-Alps’ first turnpoint. You can climb it right from town, but I would recommend starting the hike from the official landing in Aigen, at 440m AMSL. It’s a pretty and entertaining hike up to the top where three different take-offs are waiting for you – you can launch in most directions, except when it is blowing from the south round to the east. Fortunately, the winds usually turn north during the day and good soaring and thermal flying right above world-famous Salzburg is possible on many days. It’s important to remember, though, that Salzburg has an airport, so airspace regulations apply. Check the details on www.paragleiter.com before taking off. Difficulty: 2/5 Total ascent…

4 min.
owens valley, usa

The Owens Valley is not for the faint-hearted, but pick your season and the valley’s rocky peaks pump powerful climbs up to 6,000m over the deepest valley in the United States. Bishop is a laidback western adventure town, which thrives on skiers heading to Mammoth Mountain in the winter, and climbers, hikers, and other tourists who come to spend time in the Sierras in the summer and fall. The rock climbing and bouldering is world class in the Alabama Hills, while the ‘backdoor’ to Yosemite National Park via Tuolumne Meadows is only an hour away. The main launches close to town are Flynns and Paiute in the White Mountains on the east side of the valley. You’ll need a 4-x-4 for both. Facing west, they work in the afternoon as the…

5 min.
goal fever

Coeur de Savoie, France This is textbook French paragliding: lovely big grassy take-offs, Southern Alpine mountains that create a network of possible routes and tasks, and gallons of good wine, soft cheese and saucisson. The weather can be a bit changeable, and visiting pilots tend to stop at Annecy and not travel the short hop to this region, so it has the feel of a wellkept secret, exclusively for those in the know. But the infrastructure here is unbeatable, the local clubs offer a proud Gallic welcome, and there are so many well appointed launches that there’s somewhere to fly on almost every day. Spring is when the air really punches, and the PWC aim to fly tasks of 100km around the valley from one of several sites. Free-flyers can usually…