First Complete Crossing of California's High Sierra- paragli

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Klimmer

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?


YES.


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.
Gagner

climber
Boulder
Jul 4, 2013 - 05:03pm PT
Proud Dave!! Congrats!
Guernica

climber
right there, right then
Jul 4, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Totally rad!

I paraglided a bunch before my propensity for motion-sickness just became too bothersome, including in the owens. Definitely have to back up Klimmer here.

For sure, it does look easy, and yes it's pretty easy to learn the basics too. But beware! You can very easily and very quickly end up way over your head. It takes great awareness and subtlety to stay safe in active air. And a crossing like this one is hard to get your head around until you've been personally batted around thousands of feet above the peaks. Way more serious than it looks!

Anyway, great job.
Matt Thomsen

Big Wall climber
Places
Jul 4, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Cool! Great job Dave! Stay safe!
Nick

climber
portland, Oregon
Jul 4, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Wow! Way to fly.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Jul 4, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
I've become pretty jaded and hard to impress in my bitter old age, but that was most EMPATICALLY the SH#T!!!111!11! WOW!!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 4, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
An NPS LEO is a sworn officer of the law....so yes.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Bump for BAD ASSSSSSSSS!
Gene

climber
Jul 4, 2013 - 10:33pm PT
What's next for Dave - White Mountain Peak to Santa Cruz?

I find his flight just amazing.

g
Rudbud

Gym climber
CA
Jul 4, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Wow! This is badass!
Holy sh#t those rangers are tools, but I had no idea to this extent, What a bunch of douch bag nazi's
Good job on the flight, coolest thing I've seen on the taco in awhile.
Alebion

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 5, 2013 - 12:55am PT
Congratulations Dave. What an outing! I echo all the sentiments above re your accomplishments and the NPS.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 5, 2013 - 01:24am PT
What a pussy, afraid of a towering wall of mountains with no play to divert or land......

What could go wrong that you'd need a place to land?

(:

I was in Bishop in '93 for the world hang gliding championships. I was back-packing and climbing for 13 weeks in the High Sierra that summer, and all the while there were a dozen hang gliders high in ths sky above us. I was slugging it out with a 100-pound pack on the Shepherd Pass trail, gazing up in the sky at hang gliders floating effortlessly above....

BTW, all law enforcement officers are corrupt dick heads. ALL OF THEM. Without exception.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 5, 2013 - 09:00am PT
To cross the Sierra flying a piece of cloth is significant like Lindbergh or John Glenn.


This is huge. It took not only an excellent pilot with great luck but all the technology and years to develop the gear.


Da Vinci would be so proud.
dave729

Trad climber
Western America
Jul 5, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
Sir! Congratulations on your historic achievement!


Wright Brothers
Glenn Curtiss
Bessie Coleman
Billy Mitchell
Charles Lindbergh
Bill Boeing
Jimmie Doolittle
Wiley Post
Lloyd Stearman
Clyde Cessna
Juan Trippe
William T. Piper
Chuck Yeager
Neil A. Armstrong
Dave Turner


ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 5, 2013 - 08:56pm PT
Wow! This is badass!
Holy sh#t those rangers are tools, but I had no idea to this extent, What a bunch of douch bag nazi's
Good job on the flight, coolest thing I've seen on the taco in awhile.

Agreed.
J man

Trad climber
morgan hill
Jul 6, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Well done!

That cover picture before the video starts had me guessing where the heck
is that? What lake is that on the right? Had to brute force it pausing the vimeo and scooting google earth along following you. South Guard Lake!
About to pass over the Great Western Divide near Thunder Mtn!
Awesome.



the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 6, 2013 - 02:06am PT
Congrats! Great read.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 6, 2013 - 02:09am PT
Well done! Wow!
ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 6, 2013 - 03:14am PT
"To cross the Sierra flying a piece of cloth is significant like Lindbergh or John Glenn.
This is huge. It took not only an excellent pilot with great luck but all the technology and years to develop the gear.
Da Vinci would be so proud."

Since many on here are not pilots, I wanted to expand on this quote above... This feat is along the same lines as the first NIAD or perhaps even first nose climb. It really is ground breaking and amazingly bold and committed. In many portions of that video there are not landings. If you are not sure that you can get out, you will be in the trees.

Epic. and inspiring.
Bad Climber

climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 08:39am PT
Absolutely fantastic. Park Rangers are becoming total asses. Screw 'em.

Way to fly the hell out of that. Proud and stout.

BAd
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