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Uncle Henry´s Universe.

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I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Paragliding Italy

PG / PPG Posted on Tue, November 12, 2019 09:24:53

We got the first real snowfall and the first attempt to find wolf tracks failed. No hurry just waits some day so they can move. Dreaming of paragliding instead, I have both paragliders on service.

October 2016. Barbara and Kevin at Flytaly picked up at the airport and we had to make a detour as the annual peace march between Perugia and Assisi was going on. About 100,000 people who manifested for peace and against indifference. They condemn war around the world and calls for international institutions and individuals to take a stand against violence of all kinds. They came from about 500 cities across Italy to walk the 24 km route – an event which has been held annually since 1961.

An hour later, I took off from Monte Subasio with all of Umbria under my feet. What a seductive panorama! A moment later, I look for thermals over a small village just south of Assisi, when suddenly the sound of drums and trumpets mixes with the whisper of the wind. When I look down, I saw a procession following a small brass band. It was an incredibly suggestive feeling to soar high above the houses and hear the music flowing out of the narrow alleys. A memory that is still strongly alive.

Other memories of the week are summer warm days in October, the scent of wild herbs on the slopes of Mt Subasio National Park, two curious young red foxes near the cave where Saint Francis of Assisi once meditated and lots of other impressions from the stunning village of Assisi. An in many ways exciting religious center, although that not really my cup of tea. And the memory of Italy’s food and wine of course! I am also a great admirer of the complex creation; Grappa.



Coupe Icare 2019

PG / PPG Posted on Mon, October 14, 2019 16:27:15

This year´s Coupe Icare, the 46th edition, was dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci. It is 500 years since he died, this absolute genius of all times, who has meant an incredible amount for the development of human flying.

The church in Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet had a fantastic exhibition with copies of his very early models for aircraft. As early as the middle of the 1400s, he sketched on the ornithopter that would allow man to fly like birds.

There is almost nothing more spectacular, innovative, acrobatic, and off- the-charts in terms of ultra-light air sports than the programme of the Coupe Icare. The Parabatix sky racers stands for speed and acrobatics in its playful competition, all kinds of madness combine in Icarnaval (where Leonardo and his creations of course were frequently used this year) and the children stand for play and creator joy when they build pinweels, kites, gliders or birdhouses. Hot air balloons, different types of aircraft, delta wings, birds of prey, music and street shows… There was something for everyone!

Like every year since 1974, The Coupe Icare have been held at the joint site of Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet / Lumbin, in the heart of the Isère Alps between the Chartreuse mountain range and Grésivaudan Valley. It is not-to-be-missed. It is an amazing on-going 4-day show that attracts about 100,000 visitors over 4 days each year.



Coupe Icare

PG / PPG Posted on Mon, September 10, 2018 11:59:24





Dune de Pylat

PG / PPG Posted on Sat, May 28, 2016 18:41:28

In late
April, early May, my wife and I traveled by car through France to enjoy the
early spring and play a week in the sand, with the kite and paraglider.

60 million
m³ of sand! Very fine-grained, soft as flour, wondering if I’ll ever get rid of
it. It will probably follow my equipment for a long time to come.

Dune de
Pilat is the largest sand dune in Europe, located along the Atlantic coast, at
La Teste-de-Buch, 60 km southwest of Bordeaux. It´s almost 3 km long, 500
meters wide and 110 meters high at the highest point.

Foret des
Landes, east of the sand dune is the largest maritime-pine forest in Europe.
10,000 square kilometers planted by man for forestry and for stopping the sand.
(Which still moves about 5 meters inland per year!)

Laminar
winds and the large soft sandy surface, free from all forms of obstacles, make
the area a paradise for paragliders. Here you can train different start
techniques, perform balance exercises and other ground handling.

Here you
can also get very nice flight time.

It was a
useful week for me and my new paraglider.



Algo two and three!

PG / PPG Posted on Tue, December 16, 2014 16:27:03

It’s
snowing profusely over our area today, wolf tracking’ll have to wait until
tomorrow. Appropriate to edit video matrealet from Spain instead. Availing a
little flexitime you can’t working evenly… 😉

//player.vimeo.com/video/114666299
//player.vimeo.com/video/114663117



Algodonales 2014, part one

PG / PPG Posted on Sun, December 14, 2014 17:28:32

//player.vimeo.com/video/114480053

Club Pilot Plus. The week was designed to derusting
and flights would be long and challenging but most of it blew and rained away.
Thanks to Russ and Ross became the week yet very enjoyable and entertaining. We
got at least a day’s flight with some down flights from El Bosque.
Other pilots
were also really inspiring to hang out with, and what revelers, last night out
I’ll never forget!



Paragliding Algodonales.

PG / PPG Posted on Wed, November 26, 2014 22:44:55

Algodonales
is a small mountain village in Andalusia, Spain, often mentioned with great joy
and passion of paraglider pilots. Now I understand why. After two weeks among
these devoted and lovely people, I am lost and longs already back.

The area is
known for its white villages, in part, a remnant of the Moorish era ended in
the late 1400s. The image above is from the neighboring village, Zahara de la
Sierra.

To fly
along with griffon vultures, was a dream come true. These majestic birds with a
wingspan of nearly 3 meter seemed almost amused by to hang out with us. A pilot
I met was swerving in thermals with more than 50 vultures around him! An
experience I hope intensely on for the next visit. (Mine came mostly as single
and glared at me a little hungrily)

For a few
days, was the weather gods teasing us. Nice wind but hard to find the way.
Sierra De Lijar.

So we went
to the coast, to Conil, where some just beginning with ground handling before
the rain came after ten minutes.

Other days
were fantastic, with magical flight of the Spanish countryside. Style Study of
Stu. El Bosque – take off.

Pepe had
not only the village’s best pub; he also followed us with their mobile landing bar.
How else would we have been able to get cold beer at the last evening flight?

It was
powerful to fly over Algodonales, the village where we lived.

Last flight
is still in place as a restless spirit of the soul. What a great bunch, hope I
get the opportunity to fly with you again. Love you all.



New car.

PG / PPG Posted on Sun, October 06, 2013 20:17:22

Now I’ve
finally got hold of a car that accommodates the paramotor but it is a bit
special. Do not think I can live with the gold steering wheel, but has not the
heart to remove Betty from the bonnet! She makes me happy 🙂

Mature? Life
is too short, I don’t care…

It’s amazing to fit a complete engine aircraft in the trunk, along with
snacks, clothing, tools, extra paragliders and a lot of other things.



WANTED – Propeller!

PG / PPG Posted on Fri, September 20, 2013 12:07:55

I took a
relaxing evening flight yesterday along with four crane, some geese and one
golden plover. It was nice but over time it became quite chilly. The engine
purred like a cat while I froze like a dog.

Para motors
are very obstinate, requires infinite care, but only work when they want. It
therefore felt sad to go down for the landing when the engine was running so
nicely, but it all worked out by itself!

I suddenly
heard a sharp bang; it was the propeller that leaves for its own adventure
tour. Weird! And it would have been pretty scary if I had been in a sport
aircraft! But that’s the beauty with paramotor, when engine power is lost; you
still have a great glider.

I really
miss my propeller! It was costly and yielded impressive speed for my flight..



At last…

PG / PPG Posted on Sat, August 31, 2013 17:40:47

It’s been a
fantastic summer, far more pleasant than the last year that rained away. Much
effort and almost no free time, just like it used to be, but why complain, shovelling
out 50 tons of gravel’s also a pleasure, as well as …

The work
has been varied. Shovelling gravel for parking lots, cleared forests for new
sanctuary boundaries, inventory lichens, opened a new nature reserves etc. Now
it’s finally calm down. Weekends are free and can be used for purposes other
than work. This weekend was rainy and was a good fit for editing.

At last I
got ready video of the paragliding weeks in Turkey last year. (It took almost a
year to get it done … I’m lazy or what is wrong with me?)

//player.vimeo.com/video/73521224



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