Packed with information and advice from some of the best adventure pilots in the sport. From vol-bivouac to para-alpinism to hike-and-fly, from eight-minute flights to 2,000km long odysseys we showcase what’s possible in some of the most beautiful flying locations on the planet. Plus, we take a look at the very best new technology and equipment, explaining how you can use or adapt it to help you get more out of your own next adventure. From lightweight harnesses to specialist adventure-racing wings. Reliable, fact-checked and up-to-date information from one of the leading publications in the sport.
THE CROSS COUNTRY ADVENTURE GUIDE • Whatever and wherever you fly, we all share the spirit of adventure
Adventure Guide 2022
KILIMANJARO CALLING • Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the world’s biggest top-to-bottom – a 90-minute glide with 5,000m (17,000ft) descent. And although 35,000 trekkers a year make the summit, only a handful ever fly off it. Peter Fay did it last year
THE LAST GLACIERS • Malcolm Wood has spent five years making The Last Glaciers, a new film that tells the story of climate change through flying and mountain adventure.
GOING BIG IN BRAZIL • Serena Ronchi won last year’s Women’s XContest after flying more than 10,000km in a year. She explains how she learnt to fly cross country so quickly, and why she has her eye on the new Swiss hike-and-fly league.
THE DREAM OF THE FLYING CAR • From James Bond to drone-taxis over Manhattan the idea of a flying car has always captured imaginations. Gilo Cardozo’s new Parajet Xplorer is designed as the ultimate adventure vehicle
THE JOY OF COMBO • “It’s so rare, that’s what makes it so special.” Professional pilot and filmmaker Antoine Boisselier loves nothing better than combining paragliding and skiing in the mountains.
FLYING FROM GIANTS • Lightweight gear has opened up new adventures in the mountains and is once again attracting alpinists to the adventure of paragliding. Sebastian Brutscher took it to the extreme with a climb-and-fly of the north face of the Matterhorn.
BY BIKE TO BARRA • Kieran Campbell spent two weeks cycling through the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Of course, he took his paraglider with him. First stop? The remote island of Barra, famed for its beautiful Atlantic beaches
KEEPING IT REAL • “How do we deal with risk?” Cedar Wright has spent a lifetime in the mountains climbing, mountaineering and now flying, threading the line between risk and reward
‘AND THEN THE STORM ARRIVED’ • Laurie Genovese, 30, is a complete all-rounder. Twice Women’s Paragliding World Cup Superfinal champion and a Red Bull X-Alps athlete to boot, flying has been a part of her life since she was 14.
SHARING THE JOY • The adventure of cross-country flying is more than doubled when it is shared. “Distance flying is what drives us, what makes us tick.
HIKE, FLY, SLEEP, REPEAT • Want to give vol-bivouac flying a try but don’t know where to start? All you need is a sleeping bag, a bit of food and an adventure mindset to experience this ultimate freedom, writes Tarquin Cooper
‘TACTICAL FLYING IS KEY’ • You need to change your mindset for vol-biv, writes adventure pilot Robert Schaller
HOW I DO IT: ‘LOOK AT THE FORECAST AND PLAN’ • New Zealand’s #1 adventure pilot Nick Neynens shares his approach to vol-biv
FIVE TIPS FOR YOUR VOL-BIV ADVENTURE
NO PLACE LIKE HOME • Photographer Adi Geisegger slows down and rediscovers the joy of exploring the incredible flying in his own backyard By Adi Geisegger, as told to Matt Warren
ALONG THE ARCTIC TRAIL • Brothers Olivier and Nicolas Cochet wanted to share their love of adventure and wild places with their sons. So they headed to the...