First Complete Crossing of California's High Sierra- paragli


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Boulder, CO
Jul 5, 2013 - 11:09pm PT
Well done! Wow!

Trad climber
San Diego
Jul 6, 2013 - 12:14am 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

Jul 6, 2013 - 05:39am PT
Absolutely fantastic. Park Rangers are becoming total asses. Screw 'em.

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


Big Wall climber
Mammoth Lakes
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 04:31pm PT
Thanks for all the awesome comments and positive feedback! And a big thanks to Tawny for driving AROUND the Sierra to come get me!

Social climber
Jul 8, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Dave, this is a really amazing achievement! Congratulations! That's a perfect vantage point for some of the best views in the park. I can't even imagine how awesome that was! Great job avoiding rangers!

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 12:41pm PT

bump and:

Your writeup was beautiful and evokative. I haven't been able to make myself watch the video yet, just 'cause I'm scared it would be too heavy. Despite that, I'm looking forward to it.

Even to a non-flyer, this hits home. Thanks for the post.

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 01:22pm PT
Many are inspired to take flight. We recently rescued this fellow:

Joe Barbera of Washington State flew to a height of 15,000 feet in a balloon lawn chair. The problem with the flight was the landing wasn’t quite so nice. He ended up in a tree, 40 feet above ground.

Barbera built his homemade chair and balloon apparatus in his garage. He decided to launch the project at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The air-bound novice remained in contact with his team during the flight, just north of Battle Ground. The team remained in contact via radio until they lost track of Barbera’s flight through an online tracking system.

Barbera had a chance to report that he was stuck 40 feet in a tree before they lost contact.
After the rescue, Barbera stated that he could not have chosen a better tree in terms of a landing place. Barbera ended up landing in a stable position in the tree but it was too far to jump and too far to fall without injuries.

The homemade craft suddenly dropped in height a tiny distance during the flight, leaving Barbera scared for the first time.

Barbera was rescued by the Skamania County Sheriff’s Officers and the Volcano Rescue Team. The emergency responders climbed the tree and set up a rope system to rescue Barbera.

Barbera says he does not believe he will repeat the experience, although he would like to.

I would do it again in a minute and I would do it better. Will I? Highly unlikely. I can’t imagine mustering that much manpower again.

Mountain climber
Jul 11, 2013 - 10:15pm PT
Wow, Dave! Amazing flight.

Especially love the peak views at the beginning half of the video!

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 11, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
superb flight.

Rockies next?

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 12, 2013 - 08:26am PT
A ground breaking event for sure.

I reckon in 60 years from now, when paragliding is THE SPORT...

Dave Turner, much like Clyde, will be the MAN.

Big Wall climber
Mammoth Lakes
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2013 - 06:02am PT
Just broke the state record yesterday- from 168 miles to 172.18 now!! Oougghh!!!
the Fet

Jul 16, 2013 - 07:25am PT
So cool! What's that like 6 hours in the air?!

What's the world record? And where?

How's it compare (record wise) to hang gliding?

How do you go to the bathroom up there? ;-)

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 16, 2013 - 08:45am PT
I'm thinkin it put's new meaning into the phrase.. don't piss into the wind.

Mountain climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:11am PT
Wow Dave! It's turning into your miracle year. Good job!

What other records are you going to make fall?


Social climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 11:53am PT
FLETC attempts to brainwash all NPS law enforcement. This is where that attitude you encountered starts from. Coincidentally it's a part of Homeland Security! YAY!

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:25pm PT

Well done, Dave!!

Social climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 05:59pm PT
Absolutely amazing level of reading the elements, flying skill and commitment.

+1 on what is the music?



Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 16, 2013 - 06:09pm PT
Indeed well done. Amazing feat using a piece of cloth.

@Seamstress.. I can't believe another idiot tried that. Lucky he ended up in a tree. There was a guy in LA a while back.. did the same with weather balloons. Shot up so high he almost died. Flew into LAX airspace and caused a big rukkus. It was a huge mess and a total PIA to get him down. Myth Busters did a special on him. Having it on the show probably gave another person the dumb idea.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
"Lawn Chair Larry" and his 1982 flight:

Fortunately, Dave is doing something quite different, and hopefully not seeing many power lines or air traffic. :-)

Jul 16, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Stupid rangers were fishing, waiting for you to admit something, you should have just told them to leave you alone and if they didn't know where you took off you weren't going to tell them. Five rangers?! Time/gas/etc to chase you down and make false accusations? We know where the Feds can cut next if they had five rangers available to chase you. A silent paraglider is criminal yet they let loudly farting and belching tour busses muck up the parks?
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