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    Question Paragliders: How many on the Forum?

    So, how many okes don't mind swopping the false security of their 4x4's and turn skyward to paraglide??
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    Wow, this many hu??
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    Jaa, I do. Haven't for the last few months though and I dont get on the forum that often...

    It needs to rain before I will pull up a wing again - too rough for my blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bladerunner View Post
    Jaa, I do. Haven't for the last few months though and I dont get on the forum that often...
    It needs to rain before I will pull up a wing again - too rough for my blood.
    bladerunner,

    You going to Porterville again this year? Seems as if it is going to be jam packed - plenty of foreign pilots entered. Hope my knee will be ready for December.

    Flying conditions are sweet here in the Lowveld for more than a month now.
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    Nope, I'm afraid not.

    Going to go play in Namibia and will be taking all they toys.

    Looks like P'ville is going to rock this year though!

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    It seems so - there are more foreign pilots than RSA pilots. The weather has been bad beginning of this year, but looks like it is improving.

    Whereabout do you fly in Nam?
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    I qualified through Barry at Birdmen. Am working overseas most of the time, so my licence expired, tried to get it up to date now during my last leave, but there was just too much other things that had to be sorted out first. Has anybody flown at Koringberg?

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    Hi Jacques,

    Not many of us here - you, me and Bladerunner at the moment. No, I have not flown Koringberg - where is that?
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    I would've thought there would be more of us, seeing as you need a 4 x 4 to get to some sites hehehe. Koringberg- Travelling on the N7 from Malmesbury northwards, after passing Mooreesburg towards Piketberg, on the left. I always drive past it and GAWK. It looks like the ideal launch site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacqueswoens View Post
    I would've thought there would be more of us, seeing as you need a 4 x 4 to get to some sites hehehe. Koringberg- Travelling on the N7 from Malmesbury northwards, after passing Mooreesburg towards Piketberg, on the left. I always drive past it and GAWK. It looks like the ideal launch site.
    We plan to fly in and around Cape Town after the Porterville Comp, so Koringberg might be an option. Looking forward to it!
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    Ja, I will unfortunately miss out. But please tell me aaallll about it after the event. I see Barry and Greg and 2 more has put up some records from Koringeberg

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    Some paragliding pics from around the Nelspruit, Barberton, Sabie and Porterville area.
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    Hi guys

    Just noticed this thread now.

    Im not flying yet, however have booked a basic license course with Carlos Rafeal at Paragliding Adventures for December/January, so please excuse any stupid questions from my side.

    Ive actually always been interested in Hang gliding but after meeting Pierre on the summit of Mt Elbrus and seeing them fly off the highest Mountain in Europe I was hooked. Paragliding is just so dynamic and versatile.

    However in between rock climbing, mountaineering, boating, touring on my bike and with the jeep my time has been limited.

    But been climbing for many years now so keen for a new challenge and something different.

    I know Andrew and Fourie here in Jhb (from rock climbing) and they have said that Hartebeespoort Dam is just about the best flying after Porterville. What other flying areas are there around Gauteng and surrounds ?

    Im looking forward to completing my basic lisence so I can start flying ! Its just seems like such an amazing sport.

    Will keep you posted.

    Cheers
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    Hi

    Those pics are amazing !

    Thx
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    One day.......... I want to try this.
    AFRICA IS ENDLESS, LIVE LIFE, ENJOY THE RIDE.

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    Do you guys have any tips on training ?

    How can I get the training done as effeciently and quickly as possible ?

    Do any of you know Carlos and their training school ?

    I know they use a winch which apparently helps you get more flights in because you are not that dependent on the wind direction ?

    Thx
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    This is an alternative to having to drag all the kit along..... just take off and enjoy.........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisv View Post
    Do you guys have any tips on training ?
    How can I get the training done as effeciently and quickly as possible ?
    Do any of you know Carlos and their training school ?
    I know they use a winch which apparently helps you get more flights in because you are not that dependent on the wind direction ?
    Thx
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    Hi Chris,

    Glad to hear you will be experiencing the thrill of free flight soon - it's something else I tell you, I can't explain, you can only feel it yourself.

    *Your training progress will depend on the weather and you and the instructor's availability.
    *If you winch it will go faster than having to wait for the right wind conditions on a mountain, like we do here in the mountains (Lowveld).
    *I don't know Carlos or the school myself, but ask around, the paragliding community is rather small and people know one another more than often. Fourie and those okes should know them.
    *A tip: canopy control, canopy control, canopy control. The better you are able to do that, the better you will be able to fly and the more enjoyable. So don't want to skip it too quickly, get it right!

    Also check out: http://www.paraglidingforum.com/

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisv View Post
    ....and they have said that Hartebeespoort Dam is just about the best flying after Porterville. What other flying areas are there around Gauteng and surrounds ?
    Chris
    I know Hartebeespoortdam was/is closed as a flying site because the cable car broke down and it's a b!tch climbing up all the way - I don't know if it is open again. The most guys winch up there in GP, but they go fly at WigWam near Rustenburg and maybe Thabazimbi.

    Also have a look at:

    http://www.cloudbusters.co.za/ and speak to Waldo Minny or Chris Van Noord. They are a GP based club (Pta/Jhb) and about the largest in RSA. They are a bunch of nice okes and you will enjoy flying with them.
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    Hi M

    Thanks for coming back to me with all that info. Will check out the forum too.

    I have read that there is very good flying at Bambi. Apparently very good ridge soaring, Ive seen some pics and it looked amazing so as soon as I have my wings I would like to come and do some flights in your backyard. Will pm you when the time comes.

    Thanks again
    Chris

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