Mark's Paragliding Pages - Paragliding Videos, News, T-shirts and more

Paragliding News
Entire News Archive
Annecy 2015 - 4th day
Annecy 2015 - 3rd day
Annecy 2015 - 2nd day
Annecy 2015 - 1st day
Handy Hammock Launch
Outdoor Trophy - Press Release
More Niagara Flying
Niagara Flying
Jason and Roy resume training
Closing down sale
Ike
Slovenia Paragliding Trip - 1
Free paragliding magazine
Paragliding Accomodation in France
DVD Review - Flying the Falls
Himalayan paragliding
PPG Training (Sunday)
PPG Training (Saturday)
Annecy - Jason's 2nd dbag - final day
Annecy 2007 - Mont Blanc - day 7

Paragliding Ads

Paragliding Discussions
Who Killed The Electric PPG
Who Killed The Electric PPG
Christmas Presents for Paraglider Pilots
Christmas Presents for Paraglider Pilots
Come fly with us
Hi Mark
Hi Mark
Hi Mark
Hi Mark
Where are you based
Where are you based
Finger Lakes this weekend
Finger Lakes this weekend
Don't unclip your leg-straps if you might re-launch
Don't unclip your leg-straps if you might re-launch
Italy valley flight
Italy valley flight
Italy valley flight
Italy valley flight
Free Paragliding T-shirts designs

Paragliding Ads

Annecy 2015 - 1st day - 17th August 2015 - View the entire paragliding news archive
Annecy Trip 2015 - 1st day

It's been seven years since Jason and I flew in Slovenia. A lot has changed since then. We are both fathers and life is a lot busier. But for one week we got to fly together.


I flew from Toronto, Canada to Geneva Switzerland, where I met Jason at the baggage claim, before we both headed out to pick up the rental car. We drove to our hotel at the Doussard end of lake Annecy, about 1km from the landing field. Cloudbase was low and I was knackered and it was late afternoon. We binned the first day and tried to find somewhere to eat. Nowhere was serving food, so we had to wait until the hotel served dinner. Then a couple of beers before turning in for the night. Next morning the cloud was low so we took the time to brush up on some groundhandling in the landing field.


By about midday cloudbase was lifting and we headed up to the Col de la Forclaz launch site in the navette, a bargain at 7 Euros!



Since we were here last in 2007 the launch area has been astro turfed, fenced off and partitioned for flyers and non flyers. There are also toilet facilities and a picnic area with a small refreshment booth. Very civilised!



No more scrumming to get to launch. Nowadays launch is well organised and marshalled.



We were soon off the launch and making our way towards the notrth end of the lake. Before long I has enough height to hop across the lake and soar the ridge at Fargy known to me as Roc de Boeuf.






Then I managed to top up with height and make a dash 'over the back'. I was fortunate to make it back across the lake where I managed to connect with some lift and gain all my height loss back. At this point Jason had still not crossed the lake, but his glider is older and slower than mine


Then, just as things were going great I started to get low on attempt to push north. I ditched in a field next to a German pilot who had done the same thing.

As you can see from the red x on the track log, I made a nice little circuit of the lake before running out of luck. I might have been able to squeak back along the ridge to the landing field, but I decided to play it safe.

Fortunately he was on holiday with his wife who was kind enough to pick us both up and take us back to Doussard.

Off to try out the local 'pizzaria'

We had two delicious thin crusty pizzas at 'Pizza Sympa', and a couple of beers finish off a great first day of flying.

(Back to top) OR - - View the entire paragliding and powered paragliding news archive



The content of this site is Mark Andrews 2005-12, mandrews1973@gmail.com

Paragliding Ads

Most recent Paragliding Videos
Entire Video Archive
Low Flyin' Fun
Jason invents acro-kiting!
Roy Returns
Jason returns
dbagging - beginner's guide
Jumping from a tandem paraglider
Deployment at Hammondsport
Hilarious launch
Jason d-bags
Rimouski island
Friday's flying at Rimouski
Rimouski - juggling
Csaba's crash
Nice evening flight
Low Flight
Powered Paragliding Ontario
Fancy footwork
More PPG training
PPG training
Mukrim's sweet launch!

Paragliding Links
Powered Paragliding School
Paragliding Forum
Jerome Daoust - Paragliding Knowledge Base
Open Worldwide Paragliding Sites Database
Acro Paragliding
FREE - Online Paragliding Book
UK Paragliding Forecast
Parapente Web Videos K-Leb
Paragliding News Worldwide
Paragliding Web Videos - Arjan
Google Earth
Powered Paragliding School
Paragliding DVDs
GPS Visualiser

Paragliding Forum Topics
Who Killed The Electric PPG
Christmas Presents for Paraglider Pilots
Christmas Presents for Paraglider Pilots
Come fly with us
Hi Mark
Where are you based
Finger Lakes this weekend
Don't unclip your leg-straps if you might re-launch
Italy valley flight
New Dedicated PPG Forum
have a look at the lattest demos at PARATROC...
Use your GPS to measure ski speed
Free Paragliding T-shirts designs
Bad launch technique videos
PARATROC is now near the official landing field in DOUSSARD
Costa Rica Paragliding - Dec 19-26
Ohio "Free Spirit" package
Nearly but no quite Off the ground
Paragliding chat room
Beginner looking for 2 wk course in Europe

Template design and programming :: Copyright 2005 - 2006 Jason Gmitter