Better Together - One of the most rewarding aspects of flying with others is getting to pick up on the incessant wonder and enthusiasm they experience. Here Matthew gets stoked during our first cross-country flight as he realizes we've flown from Dedza, into Ntcheu, regions. Thank you for reminding me of this great privilege Matthew! <3 B
I always knew someone would do it. I just never imagined it would be me. The potential of paragliding over the entire span of Canada's southwest mountain ranges, has been my great dream since moving out here 10 years ago. And, though there are many other Canadian pilots more worthy of such a task, I discovered that for one reason or another, they all had logical reasons for why it could not be done. Today, please celebrate with me as I walk to the Calgary MEC store, completing this 39-day, solo, unsupported journey from Vancouver to Calgary and the first Canadian vol-biv, from Pacific to Prairie. More importantly, thank you all for your support and believing in me in general. The love you show makes impossible seem like an outdated concept. <3 B
Over the past few weeks I have received many emails from people curious to know what gear I carried throughout the XBC vol-biv. And while I intend to offer a short review of each item, this will take a bit longer so we'll start with this basic gear list for now. [h]Paragliding[/h] Ozone [url=http://www.flyozone.com/paragliders/en/products/gliders/alpina-2/info/]Alpina 2[/url] Ozone [url=http://www.flyozone.com/paragliders/en/products/harnesses/ozium/info/]Ozium[/url] Harness (foam removed for space) High Adventure [url=http://www.highadventure.ch/en/beamer-3-en.html]Beamer 3[/url] Lite Directional Reserve Revolver Snowboard Helmet Garmin E-trex GPS (simple) Flytec Variometer (old, sound only) Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone with Topograpical Maps [h]Camping[/h] Delorme [url=http://www.inreachcanada.com/inreach-se-two-way-satellite-communicator/]inReach SE [/url]Two-Way Satellite Communicator Ozone [url=http://shop.flybubble.co.uk/ozone-geo-backpack-56l]Geo Lite[/url] 56 Litre Rucksack Petzel Tikka Headlamp Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent Thermarest NeoAir Sleeping Pad Western Mountaineering SummerLite Sleeping Bag MSR Hydromedary 2L Bladder with Drinking Hose MSR Dromedary 10L Bladder Iodine for Water Treatment Jetboil Flash Lite + 100g Fuel Kala Soprano Ukulele Mosquito Head Net Hygene Stuff First Aid Kit Pocket Knife Whistle Lighter [h]Camera + Charging[/h] Sony RX 100 M4 Gopro 4 Silver Goal Zero [url=http://www.goalzero.com/p/11/Nomad-7-Solar-Panel]Nomad 7[/url] Solar Pannel Goal Zero [url=http://www.goalzero.com/p/358/flip-30-recharger]Flip 30[/url] USB Battery Pack [h]Clothing[/h] Oboz [url=http://obozfootwear.com/mens/backpacking/beartooth-bdry]Beartooth BDry Boots[/url] (1) MEC Synthetic Antimicrobial [url=https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5046-660/Pro-Elite-2-Boxer]Underwear [/url](3) and [url=https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5039-860/Core-Shot-Short-Sleeve-Tee]Shirt[/url] (1) MEC Merino [url=https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5034-434/T2-Zip-Hoodie]T2 Zip Hoodie[/url] Underlayer 2XU Calf Compression Sleves (1) Disent Compression Socks (2) Wool Socks (1) Prana Stretch Zipper Pant (1) SARI Synthetic Bottom Underlayer Goal Zero Neck Buff (2) Imitation Mamut Down Vest Mountain Hardware Wind/Rain Shell DeFeet Merino Gloves Valandre Oural Down Mittens Oakley Valve Sunglasses (Thanks Mike!! :) Ozone Cap [h]Food for 5 days[/h] 1 kg Peanut Butter 500 g Instant Ramen Noodles 500 g Rolled Oats 250 g Espresso Coffee :)
Adventuring into the heart of Africa, a paraglider instigates a young man's potentially deadly quest to release the weight of poverty, social taboos and self doubt, and take to the skies. In doing so, the traveler is confronted with unsettling truths about his own racial and cultural identity.
In a country where no one flies, two friends can inspire a nation by putting everything on the line.
Fly along as Benjamin Jordan sets a new World Distance Record (10,000 km) as he crosses Canada by Powered Paraglider. Along the way, you will land at summer camps and inspire thousands of children, while raising funds to send less fortunate ones to summer camp next year! The 71 minute, Documentary Feature contains 15 chapters chronicling the epic successes and failures of this unprecedented journey. Each chapter focuses on a unique aspect of Canadian geography, culture and the exact mix of team-work and blind optimism required to pull off such a daring stunt. Since it's release in 2010, A Canadian Dream (formerly "DREAM") has screened in theatres world-wide and, through it's proceeds, has allowed almost 100 children, from low-income homes, the opportunity to attend summer camp.Watch Now..