First Complete Crossing of California's High Sierra- paragli


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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:36am PT
wow! amazing journey Dave!
great video - incredible!
Gregory Crouch

Social climber
Walnut Creek, California
Jul 4, 2013 - 02:46am PT
DT, that's FANTASTIC!!!

Well done.
goatboy smellz

Jul 4, 2013 - 05:29am PT
Eggcellant job slick!
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Jul 4, 2013 - 09:15am PT
Nice! Great adventure. Great footage.

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Jul 4, 2013 - 09:30am PT
What a great story to read on such a beautiful morning. I felt like I flying along with you Dave. Thanks for sharing.

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:41am PT
Dude that's the radness thing Ive seen all summer!!!

how were your legs upon landing after 3+ hrs of flying?


Big Wall climber
El Portal/Chapel Hill
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:45am PT
WOW! Fantastic work!
Ottawa Doug

Social climber
Ottawa, Canada
Jul 4, 2013 - 11:09am PT
Wow Dave that was the most amazing story. Once again you are leading the pack. Just a new game! I was in the valley for a couple of weeks in June. Sorry you weren't there. Tom says you have moved to the east side full time. Sounds like it's working out well.

Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Jul 4, 2013 - 11:36am PT
In a lot of places paragliding is only allowed where they say its allowed. I didnt know you could write up a flight plan and go backcountry whereever you want. This sport doesn't look too hard to learn, maybe I will take it up sometime.
Double D

Jul 4, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
Flipp'n amazing!

Trad climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
good thing u had the video

Jul 4, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Right on, Dave! great write up of a sweet adventure

Trad climber
Sh#t Hole, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 4, 2013 - 02:15pm PT

Congratulations Dave and sh|t that looks fun!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 4, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
First off, YOU CRAZY, MAN!


Thirdly, why did you cooperate with The Tool when you didn't even land in
his jurisdiction? I would have told 'em to arrest me or STFU.

Fourthly, I would have told the effing hypocrites to explain why they don't
do squat about the F-18's that haul azz by Moro Rock, seemingly daily, making
a lot more noise than a thousand of you guys could with bull horns.

Fifthly, did you get their names? If you don't I would like to lodge a formal complaint on yer behalf.
I'm going to anyway as they know who they are.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Jul 4, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
Outstanding accomplishment, sir.

Looks easy, but I'm sure there's a lot to it - what a great first to have done - congratulations on an inspired and inspiring adventure!

I'm sure you're already plotting the next crossing route...

Mountain climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 04:42pm PT

Wow! Incredible!! Excellent!!!

You were the pilot to do it. Great job! Awesome!

I sure hope you write it up for the mags. Great short video too.

Way to school the LEOs. They should have approached you to shake your hand and to be the first to congratulate you on an incredible first and an incredible adventure, but that's not how they reacted.

They have egg on their face big time. Maybe they can do some self- reflection and write you an apology. It could go a long way to helping calm the fears of the NPS and other Federal agencies regarding free-flight. They need to realize what their jobs really are. Their jobs are not to harass good people who are doing incredible adventures that are on the cutting edge of the human experience. I hope you write that angle up too for the mags.

To those that think this is easy, then I say go for it. Consider:

You have to be a really competent paraglider pilot with a great deal of experience with nerves of steel to fly really active air (Owens Valley and the Sierras, they both have a well earned infamous reputation) and unbelievable commitment to cross no man lands.

I would put it on level with soloing near the top of your climbing ability on a long route. You are really putting it out there. Let's see the hands of those who are able to do this? Very few.

Dave you inspire me. Thanks.

Jul 4, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
Well done!

Thanks for sharing with us and sorry about your NPS LEO run in.

Quick question for the law experts....If a NPS LEO asks for our ID well outside of park boundries, are we obligated to give it to them? Or can we tell them to pound sand.


Trad climber
monrovia, ca
Jul 4, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
Bad ASS !! Bro!!

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
Jul 4, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Awesome job, bro! I figured you'd be doing firsts in the sport when you first got into it.

I love this quote on the NPS website:

There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured and sacred places protected in America’s over 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you. This is your land.

Bullshit! If it was "our" land then why can't we fly free?

36 CFR 2.17 - Aircraft And Air Delivery
(a) The following are prohibited:

1. Operating or using aircraft on lands or water [...]

2. Where a water surface is designated pursuant to paragraph (a.1) of this section, operating or using aircraft under power on the water within 500 feet [...]

3. Delivering or retrieving a person or object by parachute, helicopter, or other airborne means, except in emergencies involving public safety or serious property loss, or pursuant to the terms and conditions of a permit.

If you weren't planning on landing on NPS property but the winds that were predicted didn't pan out... wouldn't it be considered an emergency landing, IF you had to?

Mountain climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
If you weren't planning on landing on NPS property but the winds that were predicted didn't pan out... wouldn't it be considered an emergency landing, IF you had to?


There are hang glider pilots who have launched outside of Yosemite National Park and have attempted to fly over the Sierras and who had to make a safe emergency landing in Yosemite Valley proper or T. Meadows. The LEOs after investigating couldn't do jack diddly squat.
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