Paragliding tips I wish I'd learned sooner - an extensive collection of hints, tips and advice to smooth the progress of the newly qualified paraglider novice towards being a confident, organised,... More > successful pilot. The focus is on preparation - learning early the habits that will make flying easier and more pleasurable. All aspects of flying are covered, from selecting and packing your equipment right through to advice on landing out. It concludes with an extensive selection of additional online resources. Live versions of those links can be found at the website for the book, http://www.preparetofly.co.uk/.
Skywings, the official magazine of the British Hanggliding and Paragliding Association, called it "very, very good indeed and ridiculously cheap", and concluded their review with "Not simply recommended... but essential!". You can read the full review at the website.< Less
In 2013 in the English Lake District, paraglider pilot Simon Blake attempted something never tried before - bagging all 214 of the fells in Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells in a... More > single calendar year... by paraglider.
This is the story of the preparation and execution of a challenge that became an obsession. It charts the highs and the lows, and offers an insight into what it takes to complete the Wainwrights using an aircraft you carry on your back.
Simon Blake is the author of "Prepare to Fly - Paragliding Tips I Wish I'd Learned Sooner".