Cross Country Travel Guide

Cross Country Travel Guide 2018

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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colombia

The Rio Cauca separates two big mountain ranges in Colombia, the Occidental and Central cordilleras. The Cauca Valley, for our purposes, runs from the city of Cali in the south, to Medellin 400km further north. In the lower half it is flat, cultivated, and dotted with towns and villages. The result is one of the best flying areas in South America. Roldanillo, 140km north of Cali, is the best-known site, and has hosted world championships. There are two sites here: the one accessible by public bus or shared jeep is called El Pico; the higher competition launch is Los Tanques. Pilot infrastructure is good, with hostels and guides on hand. Typical flights see you fly along the hills, cross the valley, fly more hills, and then make your way home again.…

4 min.
mediterranean life

Monaco Monaco is known for its wealth and has the highest concentration of billionaires on the planet. There are so many that the principality is now reclaiming land on which to build more luxury apartments. The flying site here is called Roquebrune and is well known as the finish line of the Red Bull X-Alps. It actually sits outside Monaco in France, but as you’d expect for such a place, the main launch is beautifully carpeted. Getting to launch though can be tricky through a maze of streets. Fortunately there is a daily navette that runs regularly. This is a coastal site so it can still be flyable when sites further inland are affected by northerly winds. The sea breeze usually prevails but if the Mistral is blowing hard it can create strong…

2 min.
quixada, brazil

The reason pilots flock here in October and November is to break their personal bests by flying far across the hot, dry and dusty sertão, the Brazilian outback. Pilots regularly fly 300km here, with the best aiming for 400km or more. The trade-off however is a lot of wind on take-off – you’ve probably seen some of the crazy launches on Facebook. October and November are the best months for big flights, but expect conditions on take-off to be like those videos. However, if you’re an intermediate pilot, consider June-August – the region still offers great conditions, just without all the madness on take-off. The sertão is green, and the predominant wind is a light southeasterly. Use it to fly north to the coast. Days start early. You can launch at 6.30am,…

4 min.
southern africa

Kerio Valley, Kenya The Elgeyo Escarpment forms part of the western wall of Africa’s Great Rift Valley and overlooks the 80km-long Kerio Valley 1,000m below. It is a perfect flying ridge. In fact it is two ridges: a 200m upper ridge leading to a shelf before the bigger ridge drops another 1,000m. At peak season in January there is a steady flow of adventurous pilots that come looking to fly 200k out-and-returns and flat triangles. Take-off is often early or late, as the dynamic wind mixing with the thermals can make launching impossible later. For those going for distance, the escarpment delivers enough of a line that you can afford to bounce your way through the thermals, often skimming along close to the ground. For pilots with time to turn, the thermal flying provides…

2 min.
arabia

Dubai They love air sports in Dubai. A global business hub on the edge of the Persian Gulf, when business is over locals and internationals alike head out for some serious R&R. Whether it’s allowing the professionals to wingsuit from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, tandem skydiving for tourists over the man-made Palm, or paramotoring above the marina or out in the desert, the city has embraced air sports like no other. There is a strong PPG scene, headed up by SkyHub Paramotors, part of SkyDive Dubai, which runs two huge dropzones. It’s a great place to train, with lots of space – you take off on a grassy green field in the centre of the desert – or to keep your skills up and learn some new…

4 min.
the alps

Chamonix, France Whether you want to climb-and-fly Mont Blanc (4,807m), soar the Aiguille du Midi, XC into Switzerland, infinite tumble over town or speedride north faces, Chamonix has it all. There’s flying on both sides of the valley. Plan Praz is on the SE-facing side, opposite the huge rock walls and glaciers of Mont Blanc. It starts working as early as 10am on a good day, and is reached by the Brevent cablecar from Chamonix town. It’s a perfect launch for XCs going into the massive Wallis (Valais) valley in Switzerland, or westwards towards Annecy. On the Mt Blanc side is Plan de l’Aiguille, reached by the Aiguille du Midi cablecar. The site faces NW and becomes soarable after about 3pm. Flying from here gives you access to the impressive rock walls of…