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ANTOINE GIRADs großartiger Biwakflug

Antoine Girard und Martin Beaujouan-Berger haben ihre geniale Reise in Südamerika zu Ende gebracht. Über die Anden hinweg hat ihr 1600km Abenteuer einige unerwartete Wendungen genommen.

Antoine schreibt uns dazu:

“The initial objective was to achieve 2700 km of bivouac flight including 1700 km of exploration.
We realized 1600km of which were 700km completely new. We tried to fly and walk the rest of the 900km, but it was not possible to do it only in bivouac flight… We used the bus a lot. It’s the game of exploration, we don’t know in advance what we are going to find. In the south, a consistently stable atmosphere due to the luxuriant vegetation hindered us. Walking was almost impossible, for example we took 3 days to advance only 50km. To the north is a permanent coastal breeze between the ocean and the Altiplano which is too strong… but we managed to climb on foot and fly volcanoes like the 5672m Ubinas, near Arequipa, Peru.
On the other hand all the central part of the Cordillera flew perfectly! A wild environment in a mountainous desert. No paraglider had ever dared to venture there because of the lack of civilization. The main difficulty was finding water. We had to fly with 10 liters of reserve water each, and 10 days of food.
In any case, we are proud to have opened the first 600 km flight route in the heart of the Andes”

Cheers and congrats from all the Ozone Team!

Raúl Penso über dem “El Pico Bolivar”

Unser OZONE Team Pilot Raúl Penso ist über dem höchsten Berg in Venezuela, dem „El Pico Bolivar“, gesoart.

Raúl ist in einer kleinen Stadt in den Anden in Venezuela aufgewachsen, am Fuße dieses gewaltigen Berges. Schon immer hat er davon geträumt, den Gipfel vom El Bolivar über die Luft zu erreichen, und das ist ihm nun, nach mehr als 20 Jahren Flugerfahrung, die er auch in seiner schönen Heimatstadt Merida gesammelt hat, gelungen.

Er selbst berichtet uns dazu:

“It took me almost two hours to reach the summit of “El Bolivar” after taking off from Loma de Los Angeles. The flight wasn’t easy in the beginning, the thermals were quite weak. Once I reached “El Paramo”, I was able to fly through out the inversion finding strong cores that allowed me to climb up and reach the sunny face of El Bolivar. From there I jumped to its south face where I ran into the meteorological wind from the flatlands which helped me to reach an altitude of 5.143 AMSL and fly comfortably above the highest summit of Venezuela.

It was a special moment, after 23 years waiting for this opportunity… the only thing I was able to yell to the air was: INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!

How beautiful is my Merida and my Venezuela”

Raúl ist der erste Pilot, dem es gelungen ist, den höchsten Berggipfel in Venezuela, den El Pico Bolivar (4978 m), zu erreichen und über ihm zu fliegen. Und das hat er mit seinem Enzo 3 genossen.

Glückwünsche und ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team!

Ein weiteres Uptade von Girard aus Südamerika (3)

Antoine Girard und Martin Beaujouan sind nun in Iquique angekommen. Ihr aktueller Bericht zeugt von ihrem großen Einsatz, den ihnen diese Südamerikareise abverlangt:

“We just arrived in Iquique, the flying Mecca of Chile. We crossed 750km of rocky dunes, the first time it has been crossed unsupported. In total now we have completed 1500km of vol-biv on this route. This section was much harder than expected, the strong southerly wind was incapacitating. Flying backward was common every day. Thermal flying in these conditions pushed our nerves and piloting abilities to the limit. The local pilots are waiting for „flyable“ conditions to use the XC wings. We are hoping for easier conditions!

We still have 200km to Arica before heading back to the big mountains of Peru. For this part we need a safety boat on the ocean, and the perfect wind, because there is no landing place except the water…”

Du kannst Antoines und Martines Reiseroute hier verfolgen.

UPDATES VON ANTOINE GIRARD AUS SÜDAMERIKA

Wir haben soeben die neuesten Updates von Antoine Girard und Martin Beaujouan erhalten. Die beiden sind über unberührte Gegenden der Anden geflogen, und ihren 2500 km Südamerika Biwakflug fortgesetzt.

Antoines Bericht:

“We have just achieved 800km of fly-biv in the Andes. 650km of which were never flown before. We crossed through passes higher than 4000m.
Our highest cloudbase was 5200m, at a temperature of -3°C. Flying conditions are hard with stability in the morning, very strong valley wind (50kmh) as high as 1500m from the ground.
The most complicated was the water management in this desert. We had to bring 10 lt of water each to survive 3 days. Stunning flights in moon like landscape. It was a total success for this exploration.

We are now on the Pacific coast to fly the next 1000km of dunes in fly-biv. It has been done once before. Exploration will be on again on the north of Arica.”

Du kannst Antoines und Martins Route hier verfolgen.

Stefano und Emi haben in Neuseeland einen neuen Tandem Rekord aufgestellt

Vor fünf Jahren ist Stefano Gigli nach Neuseeland gekommen. Sein erster Halt war in Raglan, wo er sich sofort in den Lifestyle der Kiwis verliebte. Seit diesem ersten Besuch wurde Neuseeland für Stefano zu seiner Heimat. Vergangenen Sommer begann er mit dem SwiftMax 41 zu fliegen, und sofort dessen XC Potential zu entdecken, was für ihn eine echte Inspiration war.Unsere OZONE Power Managerin Emilia Plak besucht Neuseeland regelmäßig, und dieses Jahr hat Stefano sie umgehend als seine Passagierin aufgegabelt. Die beiden sind von Wanaka ins Niemandsland losgestartet, und zwar zu dem bislang vielleicht längsten Tandemflug in Neuseeland.

Stefano erzählt uns:

“The valley breezes and the sea breezes from the east and west characterize this southern region and it is not always easy to make good flights or get to goal. The weather changes constantly and when you fly you must always keep in mind the possibility of bivouacking somewhere. Last December we had four days of wonderful weather to fly and we had a lot of fun. With the SwiftMax we were able to increase the average speed in the transitions and its glide performance allowed us to make efficient transitions.
When piloting the Swiftmax, it feels as if you are piloting a sport-intermediate wing – it gives you the same feelings and the same XC confidence. It’s really precise in the controls and climbs fast in thermals. Tandem flying for me is the maximum realization of sharing this wonderful sport. Our Last XC tandem flight could be a new FAI triangle tandem record (75.53 Km)”

Stefanos und Emis Track findest du hier.

Wir gratulieren und schicken ein Cheers vom OZONE Team!

Nick Neynens und sein 200 km Dreieck zu Hause

Nick Neynens erkundet die Bergwelt rund um die Southern Lakes in Neuseeland bereits, seit er das Fliegen gelernt hat. Sein vor kurzem gestarteter Versuch, ein 200 km Dreieck zu fliegen (immer noch gut genug für einen nationalen Rekord), ließ ihn direkt an der Straße nach Hause landen. Er berichtet uns dazu Folgendes:

The previous day after getting snowed on and waiting for over four hours on take off for cloud to lift, I’d had a great flight through the boonies until I popped out at Glenorchy and realised my SPOT subscription had lapsed! I landed on a ridge and spent a frustrating few hours on the internet before calling it a night, waking the next morning at cloud base with cold toes. By 10am I was already in the air, with a quick scenic run up the Earnslaw burn to check another fast melting glacier (the snow came after a month of record heat, it looks like late autumn) as cloud swirled around in the not so mellow southeasterly. Climbing just a few hundred feet before reaching cloud base at 5500′ or so, I ran up and down Mt Alfred sniffing out a climb and then continued down the Dart valley, with a side trip into the Beans burn as far as I dared. It would theoretically boost my FAI triangle dimensions but it didn’t work that way – the Alfred run was however beneficial in the end. I’ve been up the Dart so much now that I’m getting to know every nook and cranny but I still think it’s the most scenic valley in New Zealand. I still couldn’t get above 5500′ though and the first little hurdle was getting through Cascade saddle, after patiently gaining height amongst the glaciers I popped over, if there were any trampers they would have ducked their heads. In the Matukituki valley now I ended up gaining enough height to get over the peaks I needed to get over – meanwhile the last task of the New Zealand Paragliding Open had started, in the same valley just a little further down (but they flew across the flats). I was off grid incognito though and kept pushing on, fairly doubtful that this triangle thing might work out but keen to give it a go. Cirrus slowed things down a little as I jumped over the next pass into the Shotover catchment, but this place works so well you barely need a full moon for thermals. Once I was on the Richardson range with evening sunny faces overlooking Glenorchy, I was pretty confident – until I had to push out to Mt Crichton on the corner of the Glenorchy Queenstown road. I almost faltered but decided I had to go with „all or nothing“, and it was very nearly nothing. Losing height I went into damage control and took every last scrap of lift in the late evening. Thankfully a tailwind kept me on the move and I had some amazing glides between gentle climbs on golden spurs. Landing after sunset I had to choose between closing the triangle and landing in Mum’s paddock, but it was only a quarter hour walk home. It felt great to fly over ten hours on a not so auspicious day – my sailplane flying friend said quite a few hadn’t made it home today, and another paragliding friend said it was „just straight up f***ed“. Of course the main factor is getting to the right place at the right time (not being limited by road access helps!). A tip of the hat to the Ozone Zalps performance as well – how to go far? Point the way you want to go, turn only if you need to, and plan a route over the pointy stuff!

Nicks Tracklog findest du hier.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team!

Ich würde in deinem Garten landen!

Das Konzept ist simple: Fliege über die gesamte Länge der Alpen, solo, und geh dann in der Adria zum Schwimmen. Antoine Boisselier ist den Fußstapfen von Didier Favre gefolgt, und zu einem grandiosen alpinen Biwak-Abenteuer aufgebrochen. Auch mit dem Ziel, seine Erfahrungen auf dem Weg mit so vielen ortsansässigen Menschen wie möglich zu teilen. Antoines Biwak Erfahrung gleicht in etwa einer vom Wind transportierten Reise mit Bergtouren und langen XC Flügen im Wechsel, und ist vor allem ein Abenteuer vieler Begegnungen. Er möchte auf Ortsansässige vertrauen, wenn es um Essen und Unterschlupf geht – aber Hilfe von Fremden zu erhalten, ist nicht immer einfach, und eine Strecke von 750 km von St. Hilaire du Touvet in Frankreich bis zur Adria hält viele mögliche Herausforderungen parat.

Mehr über Antoines Abenteuer findest du hier.

Antoine Girard macht sich auf den Weg nach Südamerika

Unser OZONE Team Pilot Antoine Girard hat sich mit seinem Freund Martin Beaujouan auf den Weg nach Südamerika zu neuen Abenteuer gemacht. Sie wollen zum Biwakfliegen über annähernd 3000 km durch den Gebirgszug der Anden aufbrechen, und sich dafür 60 Tage Zeit nehmen. Sie hoffen, ihre Abenteuerreise etwa am 1. Februar vom „La Reserva Nacional de Malacahuello“ in Chile antreten zu können.

Antoines Expedition kannst du hier über das Tracking Satelliten System verfolgen.

Viel Glück, Jungs, und ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.

Antoine Girard schließt sich dem OZONE Team an

OZONE heißt Antoine Girard in seinem Team willkommen. Antoine ist ein visionärer Pilot, der das Limit dessen, was beim freien Fliegen machbar erscheint, nach oben verschoben hat: er hat einen Weltrekord im Höhenflug von 8157m aufgestellt, indem er über den Broad Peak (8051m) in Pakistan geflogen ist, unabhängig ein Biwakabenteuer durch Neuseelands South Island absolviert, und an drei Red Bull X-Alps teilgenommen, wobei er 2013 Dritter und 2015 Vierter wurde.

Im Frühling 2017 hat sich Antoine zusammen mit seinem Freund Julien Dusserre dazu entschlossen, ihre beiden Leidenschaften in einer Mission zu verbinden, und den noch nicht bestiegenen Langtang Lirung (7227m) zu erobern.

Antoine erzählt uns:

“I have flown as far as 1200km on several self-sufficient paragliding adventures. These experiences in New Zealand and in the mountains of Pakistan provided me with the confidence that it was possible. Both Julien and I are long-distance pilots in the Alps, and he had to trust me when it came to flying in the Himalaya. We pushed the project to the extreme, leaving Kathmandu on foot with all of our paragliding and mountaineering gear, to summit and then return back to the starting point in the same manner; we were completely self-sufficient and without any outside help. Our plan was to set up base camp in Kyangjing Gompa for food supplies. The starting point and takeoff area was located about 15km from the capital. From there, our paragliders carried all of our gear to base camp in two or three days.

Even though we were unable to make a summit attempt, this type of approach to the mountains is exhilarating. On Shalbachum (6680m), we landed at 5800m in an incredible location after a one-hour hike and then a short one-hour flight. A typical approach on foot would have taken at least two days through complex terrain with potentially mediocre climbing. We could have continued to the summit the same day, but that was not our objective. We wanted to sleep at 6200m to acclimatize. It was at that very moment that we realized how much sense it makes to combine paragliding and mountaineering. Climbing in the Himalaya often requires grueling approaches. With a paraglider you can cover the same distance in two hours, and then be back down from the summit in the same day! This makes it possible to climb several peaks in the same trip!

In the end, through out this new approach to the mountains, there remains so much to explore and do! It’s like discovering a whole new discipline.“

Wir freuen uns darauf, Antoine bei seinen zukünftigen Abenteuern zu unterstützen.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.

Zurück zum Nest

Nick Neynens returns to the place where he found his wings, only to discover a “Lost World”. In his words:

„I learnt to fly in Canungra ten years ago. I’ve been spoilt since then with big mountains in New Zealand and around the world, but lately I’ve been hearing about the great flying going on in Australia, with Jan ripping it up in his new Zeno flying „around the world“, a route around prehistoric ridges covered in jungle. So I got away from work between shifts. On the last day the weather was the best, and I had a big triangle in mind after trying something similar the day before. My mate Andy arrived an hour late so I got flying early – no friends on a day like this – and nearly bombed out. Typical Canungra! But I got going into the good stuff and followed an amazing ridge – the caldera – 40km to the south. From here I turned back into the guts before crossing to the west, pushing out for a 100km FAI triangle, and then without wasting any time pushing back home. Andy had flown south to Kyogle and asked me to pick up his van, so he could pick up his daughter from kindy in time.. I was also concerned about getting back to the airport! With a 20km/h headwind I scraped back into Beechmont at 2:37pm, packed my wing at xalps speed with a quick hello to my old friends on launch (including Phil who I learnt with) and raced off to get Andy with fifteen minutes to spare to pick up burgers and a beer. The same night I was flying back to Sydney ready for my early morning start at work. Great little trip, and I can’t believe how little this area is flown.. everyone seems to do the run of the mill „Hinchies, chicken sheds, Beau-ee, Boonah T“, when this epic „Lost World“ is just waiting for the adventurous to visit”