X-Pyr 2016 – Day 6 Gambling on Thundery Flights and Mountain Routes.

X-Pyr 2016 – Day 6 Gambling on Thundery Flights and Mountain Routes.

Day 6 started off wet and showery as I headed east along the main road from Vielha. Juraj the Slovakian athlete who had passed me the previous afternoon was only a little bit ahead of me and we soon were walking together sharing out experiences of the race. Company was a welcome break from the often solitary racing we’d been doing. It’s hard to keep up on what other athletes are doing when you’re racing and we were each very interested to hear how the other person had managed to…

Thank You X-Pyr Contributors!

Thank You X-Pyr Contributors!

I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone that donated to support my journey to the 2016 X-Pyr. I hope you enjoyed following along online and through my blog. I still have lots of cool videos, photos, and stories to share so keep an eye out here and on my social media.   2016 X-Pyr Contributors Owen Shoemaker Nigel Mayberry TJ Sopher Jared Lyman Rosa Heuvelmans Eleonor Ugay  Harry Siempelkamp Derek Baylor Ruaraidh Stenson Aaron Price Chris Amonson Robert Brockie Gregory Sadowy Justin Martin Jamie Fullerton Kevin Ault Ray…

Ready to Race, my last couple weeks leading up to the 2016 X-pyr.

Ready to Race, my last couple weeks leading up to the 2016 X-pyr.

Well we’re getting close to race time here in Spain. My support crew has shown up and I’m riding in a van instead of walking with a pack so I’m going to try to get another blog post up. I haven’t had any spectacular long flights which is a bit disappointing but I’ve laid eyes on most of the route and I’m feeling pretty well prepared….. That was a couple days before the 2016 X-pyr when I started this post. It’s now a couple weeks since I switched out of…

Exploring the Mountains of Spain and France, getting ready for the X-pyr

Exploring the Mountains of Spain and France, getting ready for the X-pyr

Well I am 3 weeks into my travels through the Pyrenees Mountains and I’m finally taking a breather to update my blog here. It turns out it’s hard to keep up with blogging while traveling. As most of you know I’m getting ready for the X-pyr race. It’s a paragliding and hiking competition to see who  will be the fastest to hike and fly the 296 mile course zig zaging the length of Pyrenees mountains traveling only by foot or by paraglider. At www.x-pyr.com you can see the route and you…

Mt. Baker Ultra Run, a new twist on an Old Adventure Race

Mt. Baker Ultra Run, a new twist on an Old Adventure Race

On June 3rd I set out on foot with 11 other runners. We started in Bellingham WA on the beach of the ocean and made a 108 mile round trip journey to the 10,781 ft glaciated summit of Mt Baker and back. Bellingham sits in the cradle of the cascade mountains at the edge of the Salish Sea. It’s a glacier carved landscape with large volcanoes jutting out of rugged mountains. We are far from the open Pacific ocean but none the less connected by convoluted salt water passages of…

What is Paragliding? My Attempt to Put Paragliding in a Nutshell

What is Paragliding? My Attempt to Put Paragliding in a Nutshell

For me, paragliding is the most amazing way to experience the world from the air. I can carry my glider up a mountain in my back pack, lay the wing out on the ground, step into my harness and fly away into the sky. If the weather is working right I can fly for hours and hours, covering mile after mile, flirting with the clouds, skimming the tree tops. On the ground or in the air I can control the wing precisely with the steering lines, and weight shift inputs through the harness. Once in…