Flying Backpack

Creating the perfect backpack for a travelling paraglider pilot is a challenge. Manufacturer’s approaches only go so far, which is why globetrotter pilots have created their own solutions. Though I don’t want to dive too much into DIY details how I created mine, I’d like to share my thoughts and experiences for some inspiration. Let’s…

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Where the swallows go

No, not some big journey. Just a hike up a medium summit in the northern Alps, the “Schwalbenwand”, with a good friend. Three hours of a stiff walk, one hour of a flight. But hey, what a view. Moving along the ridge there is free sight to both sides once you get above the trees.…

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About me and the blog

So you are curious. I’m Stefan from Germany, and I’m happy to meet you. Thank you for visiting this not so prominent page 🙂 There is not much to be known about me except this: I have been infected with the adventure virus at boy’s age. Blame Hemingway and H.R.Haggard, but also my parents who…

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The Magic Bag

The idea of “survival packets” isn’t exactly new, but I like to put things a bit less dramatic since in 35 years I never got into situations where I had to improvise a fishing rod. I’m not saying that all the tough survival shit is useless – I did learn it myself -, but during…

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All in one

Men, especially Germans, like multi-tools. Must be a boy scout gene. But the right choice is not as easy as it seems to be. The original Swiss army knives are world famous because of their superior quality. But since they are mostly sold to city people these days, they are often overloaded with features which…

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About malaria…

Malaria is a common threat for everyone travelling the central parts of Africa, especially in lower regions. Global warming also moves the ceiling for the endangered areas slowly upwards, so that you should reconsider rules of thumb like “no danger in the Highveld”. Over one million people die per year (which makes the Anopheles mosquito…

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Paragliding

The dream of flying is as old as mankind, and a paraglider provides the easiest and most natural way to fulfil it. You can carry your “aircraft” on your back, launch from a mountain, stay airborne for hours and cover some hundred kilometres distance. There is no engine noise, and your view isn’t obstructed by…

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4×4 walk

Do you still smirk at hikers who use these trekking sticks? Let me explain why it might be time to reconsider. Sticks improve balance. That doesn’t mean you have to lean on them with your full weight because you’d stumble otherwise, but the feedback from your hands is faster and more intense than from your…

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