At some point in time humanity got its wires crossed and parachutes, an invention designed to save lives, became a tool for risking life and limb. Instead of gracefully floating down the side of a mountain, paraglider Joseph Innes skimmed along the bottom of a narrow canyon, just inches away from breaking an ankle,…
Not content with hopping aboard a tour bus or renting a helicopter, professional base jumper Quentin Luçon figured the best way to see the Swiss Alps was to hang from a giant swing suspended below someone gliding over the majestic mountain range with a parachute.
Watch as Horacio Llorens paraglides against the backdrop of the Aurora Borealis. It’s especially nice because the paraglider cycles through different colored lights against the glimmering green of the aurora. His movements are almost poetic, a perfect blend of mixing an extreme sport with the grace of nature.
With its golden hills, lush green forests, and turquoise-colored ocean, Big Sur is one of the most beautiful places you can visit, but it looks even better from above — while paragliding.
I am OK, but Nepal is not. The part of the country that got hit the hardest is the remote Gorkha district. Many small towns and villages are still not included in any government search and rescue effort. This is one of many stories from the area: One day, six volunteers and two villages.
Parahawking is falconry in flight. Just with a vulture. There's only one place in the world you can do it: Pokhara, Nepal and doing it is as awesome as it sounds.
Anything fun or worth doing usually requires a bit of crazy. But this, this is basically all crazy, which must mean it's a ridiculous amount of fun. Valentin Delluc flies his paraglider so close to the ground and rips off spins and twirls so fast that it's hard to believe. Hell, just watching him zip by makes me…
Daredevil Arnaud Longobardi shows a crazy array of paragliding tricks in this video shot in Chamonix, in the French Alps. One of those tricks is particularly insane: He flies so close to a moving cable car that he could perfectly give a handshake to one of its passengers.
Usually when you think of things that take your breath away, you don't think of sounds. It's the spectacular view or the amazing feeling or the perfect performance. But this video that highlights the sound of paragliding is pretty breathtaking. I closed my eyes and listened and felt the nature around me.
If you ever wondered how National Geographic manages to take those gorgeous shots of the desert and overhead pictures of animals, the answer: paragliding. Coasting through the nothingness of nature is almost more beautiful than the pictures itself. Photographer George Steinmetz has flown in these motorized…
This paraglider has a hawk friend. He takes him to fly with him. This video shows how the hawk flights alongside, landing on his hand and staying there, enjoying the ride until he decides to go away again.
If you've always wanted to fly but were scared of hang gliding and paragliding and skydiving and base jumping, don't worry! You can "fly" really close to the ground with this StreetFlyer. It's like suspending yourself on a gigantic tricycle.
Is that fungi from another planet? Evidence of nuclear fallout? Nope. Just aerials of Poland's landscape — taken while photographer Kacper Kowalski was paragliding hundreds of feet above.