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Travel Like A Boss: Paragliding In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Jun 25th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Rio de Janeiro boasts some of the beaches you'd spy on calendars, postcards and the odd screensaver in your dentist's office cubicle farm. So when we passed through on a whirlwind trip to Brazil, I took the advice of our friend Kent Wein to jump off a mountain to get a better look at things, as they say. Paragliding – it's a growing sport in this South American country, and it's easy to...

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video)

Cockpit Chronicles - Paragliding In Rio: Best Layover Ever! (Video) May 8th, 2013 at 10:00AM: The adage goes something like this: The worst day of fishing beats the best day of work. Years ago, I knew I found the right job when I was a co-pilot on a charter flight in a 15-seat Twin Otter for a day of fishing on an Alaskan beach. I remember thinking of that adage, and telling everyone that it was the best day of work and the best day of fishing. How could it ever be possible to top...

YouTube Video Of Owl-Kicking Paraglider Prompts Investigation

Apr 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM: You'd think someone whose sport of choice is flying through the air would have respect for birds, but one paramotorist is catching heat after a video of him chasing and kicking an owl mid-air was uploaded to YouTube. The man in the video doggedly pursued a Barn Owl in flight for more than seven minutes, kicking it several times as it flew over the landscape near Utah Lake. He then proceeded...

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best

Outdoor Adaptive Sports Programs: Where To Find The Nation's Best Oct 25th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Like most of us, I didn't fully realize the extent of the daily hassles and challenges faced by those who use a wheelchair, prosthetic, or other mobility aid until it became somewhat personal. I'm fortunate to have two people in my life who've been an enormous source of both education and inspiration, and I'm writing this piece because of them. A little bit of background is in order: When I...

Banos: Ecuador's Top Adventure Destination

Banos: Ecuador's Top Adventure Destination Jun 25th, 2012 at 3:00PM: If you're the type of traveler who loves extreme adventure and being active, you'll love Baños, Ecuador. Located about three hours south of Quito, Baños is a small but lively town surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. There are dozens of tour agencies lining the streets, although I'd recommend using a highly reputable company like Geotours or Rainforestur. Some of the adventures...

For These Ladies, Paragliders Offered The Ultimate View Of Iceland. (Video)

May 1st, 2012 at 5:30PM: Paragliding pilots have the ultimate perch to get out and see the world. For two Icelandic women, a planned camping trip to the highlands of their country turned into one of the most mesmerizing videos I've come across. In July 2011 two girls borrowed a 4x4, filled it with camping gear and paragliders and drove up to the Highlands of Iceland. They experienced a new side of their own country,...

Nat Geo announces People's Choice Adventurer of the Year

Nat Geo announces People's Choice Adventurer of the Year Feb 29th, 2012 at 8:00AM: This past November, National Geographic announced their selection for the 2012 Adventurers of the Year, bestowing the honor on a group of 12 very worthy men and women from across the globe. That list included the likes of long distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis, who set a new speed record on the Appalachian Trail, and Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, the first woman to climb the highest mountain on the...

Flying a dream: Urban Side

Feb 13th, 2012 at 7:30AM: In this flying video we see Jean-Baptiste Chandelier who has been a paraglidiing pilot since 2004 and wants to inspire us all. "My goal is to share my paragliding universe with my videos, for make everyone dream of flying," says Chandelier on his website. Specializing in acro flight, Chandelier flys through Peru, France and Chile using a variety of aero-acrobatic maneuvers...

Photo of the Day: Paragliding in France

Photo of the Day: Paragliding in France Jan 8th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Today's positively ethereal image comes to us from Flickr user AdamJamesWilson, who captured this sky-high shot of a paraglider over Lake Serre-Poncon in Southeastern France. I love the image's "vintage" muted colors, wisps of cloud and silhouetted figure all set against a glistening sun. Taken any great photos during your travels? Why not add them to the Gadling group on Flickr? We might...

Video of the Day - Paragliding over Spain

Aug 30th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Want to film a catchy music video without a massive budget? Consider grabbing some of your most adventurous friends, getting them to do some outrageous outdoor activity, and then hire a talented editor to overlay some snazzy effects & motion graphics. Madrid-based editor Jorgiatos recently posted this music video that was shot in and around Castejón De Sos, a town near the...

Hang-gliding over Telluride

Aug 8th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Telluride, Colorado, is nothing if not an outdoor playground. Paragliding, in particular, is a summer recreational activity for locals and visitors alike. Check out this clip from the Telluride Air Force Hangliding and Paragliding Club featuring an epic ride over snow-covered peaks and through the clouds. Things culminate with several swoops over town, before a graceful landing in the high school...

Two climbers paraglide from the summit of Everest

Two climbers paraglide from the summit of Everest May 24th, 2011 at 9:00AM: There is a well known adage amongst mountaineers that says "getting to the summit is only halfway to the finish," as obviously they have to safely come back down the mountain after they've completed their ascent. There are few places where this is more apparent than Mt. Everest, where climbers not only have to make a long, grueling trek to the top, they also have to negotiate a tricky descent as...

Powered paragliding problem ends in cruise ship landing

Powered paragliding problem ends in cruise ship landing Sep 24th, 2010 at 9:00AM: A Brazilian man didn't realize he was about to do something incredible. Making an emergency landing while engaging in powered paragliding is interesting enough, but he took it to "Top Gun" levels by doing it on a cruise ship. Holland America's "Prinsendam" served as his aircraft carrier, in Portugal's Portimao port. The unusual landing was the necessary because of equipment problems. According...

New adventure festival celebrates South African explorers

New adventure festival celebrates South African explorers Jul 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: What do you get when you mix the Banff Film Festival with TED Talks in a celebration of adventure and exploration? You get an all new adventure festival called FEAT that will make its debut in Johannesburg, South Africa later this year, promising us "1 night, 12 adventurers, Seven minutes each." FEAT, which stands for Fascinating Expeditions & Adventure Talks, is being billed as the...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 010: Paragliding, Tijuana, USS Midway, Stone Brewery & surfing the Bruticus Maximus!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 010: Paragliding, Tijuana, USS Midway, Stone Brewery & surfing the Bruticus Maximus! Apr 21st, 2010 at 6:00PM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 10 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk has hit double digits!! To celebrate, we have an incredible lineup of adventures from San Diego, California - including a short dash over the border to Tijuana, Mexico! This week we talk about Kim Jong-Il as a fashion icon, a new great way to hail a cab in NYC, and share a book that covers...

Ten outdoor destinations with everything!

Ten outdoor destinations with everything! Mar 19th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Who says you can't have it all? For many travelers vacation time is limited. Those in search of adventure want to maximize that short window of travel time. Here are ten cities where adventure-seekers can expand their options with a range of heart-pounding choices. Buena Vista, Colorado Buena Vista translates to "beautiful view." It's easy to understand why the name stuck. Nestled into the...

Skiing + Paragliding = Speed Riding

Feb 4th, 2010 at 8:00AM: When it comes to adventure sports, there always seems to be someone looking to push the boundaries in new, and sometimes unusual, directions. Take, for instance, the relatively new sport of speed riding or sky riding, as it's sometimes called. The sport is a combination of skiing and paragliding that often sends the daredevils that try it, screaming down the side of an impossibly steep mountain at...

The Coolest Picture Ever

The Coolest Picture Ever May 21st, 2007 at 6:48AM: I saw this image shortly after I woke up this morning, and it did several things: It made me smile -- because it's beautiful. It made me frown -- because I have to work indoors today. It made me want to share it with you -- because it is, indeed, the coolest picture ever. Tristan "Shu" Lebeschu is a photographer who makes "action panoramas." When you click over to check out the...

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