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DaveT.

Big Wall climber
Mammoth Lakes
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 07:31pm 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!
Impaler

Social climber
Berkeley
Jul 8, 2013 - 08:11pm 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!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 03:41pm 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.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Jul 11, 2013 - 04:22pm PT
Many are inspired to take flight. We recently rescued this fellow:

http://www.examiner.com/article/man-flies-homemade-balloon-lawn-chair-and-ends-up-a-tree

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 wasnít 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 Barberaís 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 Sheriffís 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 canít imagine mustering that much manpower again.
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Jul 12, 2013 - 01:15am PT
Wow, Dave! Amazing flight.

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

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 12, 2013 - 02:58am PT
superb flight.

Rockies next?
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:26am 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.
DaveT.

Big Wall climber
Mammoth Lakes
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2013 - 09:02am PT
Just broke the state record yesterday- from 168 miles to 172.18 now!! Oougghh!!!
the Fet

climber
Tu-Tok-A-Nu-La
Jul 16, 2013 - 10:25am 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? ;-)
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 16, 2013 - 11:45am PT
I'm thinkin it put's new meaning into the phrase.. don't piss into the wind.
Klimmer

Mountain climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:11pm PT
Wow Dave! It's turning into your miracle year. Good job!

What other records are you going to make fall?

Excellent.
srathbun

Social climber
Redding
Jul 16, 2013 - 02:53pm 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!

http://www.fletc.gov/
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
AWESOME!!

Well done, Dave!!
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Absolutely amazing level of reading the elements, flying skill and commitment.

+1 on what is the music?

Erik

justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:09pm 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 17, 2013 - 12:05am PT
"Lawn Chair Larry" and his 1982 flight:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Walters


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

climber
Jul 17, 2013 - 12:17am 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?
dave729

Trad climber
Western America
Jul 30, 2013 - 01:53am PT
Great piloting! Nat Geo or Discovery Ch should make a special called
"The Crossing!"


A nice write up in this paper.
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2013/07/27/3130963/paraglider-goes-to-new-lengths.html

tinker b

climber
the commonwealth
Jul 30, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
bad ass!
bobo you just crossed my mind the other day and i was wondering what you had been up too. i have spent heaps of time in that area below. i had a dream once about flying over it in a hang glider. i bet it is pretty cool for reals. way to get after it.
i would l love to hear the justification for FIVE leos leaving the park to chase you. combing the hours plus gas, that is a good deal of tax money going to waste.
take care of yourself,
jo-lynne
Paul S

Mountain climber
Portland, Or
Jul 30, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
"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".

I suppose it's easy to call someone an idiot that you have never met. I hiked the PCT with Joe B in 2012. He did get the idea from Lawn Chair Larry's flight back in 1982. He's an engineer and explained the concept in a very rational manner. Not much different than hot air ballooning.

He chose to pop some balloons after reaching 20,000'. He gracefully touched down in a tree which is easy to do since western Washington is full of them. Crazy? yes but not dumb.
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