About Me, a Brief History of Jesse

About Me, a Brief History of Jesse

I first tried paragliding in New Zealand in 2001. I was travelling internationally for the first time in my life and with a cheap Kiwi dollar lots of exciting new things were suddenly in reach to try out. I had gone skydiving and bungy jumping already but I was drawn to paragliding because I liked the idea of spending time in the air instead of having an intense falling experience for a few seconds. I did a 3 day course and flew for almost 2 hours on the last day….

Around Baker and Shuksan, a whatcom paragliding first!

Around Baker and Shuksan, a whatcom paragliding first!

This is just a quick post to get some pics up. I just flew an approximately 100 km loop around Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan yesterday. The forecast looks great again today so I don’t have time for a full blog write up but wanted to get some pictures up. I started and landed at our  local flying site called Big Johnson on North Fork Rd near Kendal WA. This is a first to circumnavigate these mountains in a foot launched glider. You can view my track log in detail…

Skycamping the Sierra Nevadas

Skycamping the Sierra Nevadas

On the first of April this year everything came together for my friend Honza Rejmanek and I to head out for a 4 day expedition in the Sierras. Our plan was to fly or paragliders over the mountains, land and make camp high, and then walk to a place we could take off and start flying the next morning. In the right conditions we can fly for hours and cover many miles in the air. Since our paragliders have no motors we rely on catching updrafts called thermals to climb high…

Mount Baker Summit and Flydown

Mount Baker Summit and Flydown

On April 17th my friend Dan Probst of Cascade Mountain Runners and I made an early season summit of Mount Baker. We saw a brilliant weather window and decided Saturday night to give it a shot. I slept 2 hours and we got up at 2:00 AM and started loading packs in a sleep deprived haze. Miraculously we didn’t forget any essentials. We started hiking from the Ridley Creek trailhead at 4:45 AM hiking up through the forest. We put on snowshoes as soon as we hit the snow a little below…