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Cross Country July 2018

Cross Country is the world’s leading voice for hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring pilots. Ten times a year, our magazine content reflects our obsession with flying, and we express it by packing each issue with the most imaginative, inspirational photography and writing we can lay our hands on.

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United Kingdom
XC Media
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
thinking about flying

"If you can fly 50km, you can fly 400.” That’s the positive piece of advice from Alex Robé in our article on how to fly further this issue. “The difference is just a mind game.” OK, I know that, but I still haven’t flown 400k. I guess a lot of people will have the same thought. But you can! That is the point. You have the skills to fly all day. It’s not the wing, harness or technology keeping you in the air, it’s the pilot – you. Your thinking, your skills, your experience and knowledge. Yes, I grant you, the technology helps and without it we wouldn’t be there in the first place, and we need to be in the right spot at the right time, but nothing happens without the…

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Nicolas Aubert was at the heart of the action at the Paramotor World Championships in Thailand, where he came eighth overall and won a Team Gold. His photos capture the atmosphere of the competition and the country in our interview with World Champion Alex Mateos, p64 François Ragolski is Acro World Champion and known for his Don’t Try This at Home! YouTube series. At the El Hierro Paragliding Festival in May he promised to “work all day” to get us a great Gallery shot – and he delivered. We chose the best one from hundreds! See p16 Honza Rejmanek is our regular weatherman, and knows his stuff when it comes to the difference between an isobar and a hectopascal. Hoping for some quality father/son time he headed to the Alps for a…

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in the core

Vol-biv in the Andes Martin Beaujouan and Antoine Girard completed a groundbreaking vol-bivouac expedition through the Chilean Andes in April/May. “Over 35 days we managed to fly 1,600km including 700km completely new in the middle of the Andes,” Antoine said on his return. The pilots explored a lot of ground in the south of Chile, but struggled to make headway in the air, and hiked for days on the ground. Just south of Santiago they hit their stride, flying north along the main spine of the Andes for hundreds of kilometres. Traversing west onto the coastal ranges they carried on north towards Peru. We hope to feature their full story soon. C’est la classe! Albuquerque Patrick Harvey-Collard flew 301km on 7 May, launching his Ozone Alpina 3 (EN C) from Sandia Peak near…

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maurer wins alpine ironfly

Chrigel Maurer won the inaugural Salewa IronFly hike-and-fly race in May. This new week-long adventure race started in Lecco, Lake Como, Italy on Saturday 12 May and followed a 452km route through the Italian Alps via four turnpoints. Despite some bad weather and strong competition, Maurer won in a little over four days. Giorgio Sabbioni explained: “The IronFly is a hike-and-fly comp like the X-Alps. Pilots start in Lecco then have to run to reach take-off at Cornizzolo. They have to sign in, then head to the second turnpoint at Macugnaga, near Mt Rosa.” From there the third turnpoint is Bormio then it’s back to Lecco via the Presolana Pass to complete the 453km straight-line circuit through the central Alps. Twenty-three pilots took part, among them X-Alps pilots Simon Oberrauner (AT) and…

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in brief

Spanish Open 2018 Daniel Crespo (ES, Boomerang 11) won the Spanish Paragliding Open in Pegalajar, 13-19 May. The comp saw four tasks – 60, 88, 108 and 46km – with more than 140 pilots. First woman was Constance Mettetal (FR, Zeno). airtribune.com Quest Air 2018 Zac Majors (US, Wills Wing T2C) won the 2018 Quest Air Nationals in Florida in April. Corinna Schwiegershausen was first woman. There were four tasks, from 43-126km. airtribune.com Nova Team Challenge 125 pilots took part in the Nova Team Challenge over the May Day weekend. This new competition format focused on teams. Experienced and less-experienced pilots were teamed together to plan and then fly XC. 13 pilots flew new personal bests! xc-team-challenge.com…

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300k in the corn alps

There is flat, and then there is Midwest USA. Chicago Paragliding instructor Jaro Krupa showed what’s possible in the Prairie State of Illinois with a 328km flight on 28 April. Tow-launching from a dirt road in Cullom and flying a 777 King (EN D) he flew north-to-south over seven hours, averaging 45km/h: base was at 2,000m with nice climbs of 4.5m/s in a cu-peppered sky. He told us more... We are based an hour south of Chicago. It’s flat as a pancake here. In fact we call it the ‘Corn Alps’ because the corn here is as high as the Alps. It’s all towing, with around 30 pilots in the club. On the day I knew it was going to be good – but I didn’t know it would be special. It…