My Final Fantasy - Whenever I step up to launch, I struggle with the feeling that I will just bomb out, landing at the base of the mountain in frustration.
But then some greater force proves me wrong and, time and time again it feels like theres a helium-filled horseshoe up my ass causing my man-child fantasy, of being able to cross this mountainous divide by paraglider, as real as anything I could taste, feel or hear.
This photo captures the stoke after my first climb from Mt. Lady MacDonald. I then knew, without a shred of doubt, that I would get beyond the mountains landing somewhere between them and Calgary, my final destination.
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 :)
[i]September 7, 2016 - Calgary, AB[/i] - Paragliding over the entire span of Canada's Southwestern Mountain ranges, this summer, Canadian Paraglider Pilot and Filmmaker, Benjamin Jordan, discovered that 'Impossible' was just a code word for 'Fun!' From Pacific to Prairie, the 35-yearold filmmaker bounced from glacial peak to high desert to rocky mountains, landing high when possible and near villages to re-stock supplies when needed. Solo and un-supported, Jordan took his time, walking only when necessary, spending time on summits for up to one week for the temperamental Canadian weather to allow him another chance to make his life goal, a reality. Though often in solitude, hikers would occasionally find the pilot playing ukulele, waiting out stability or strong winds, and ask how many days had passed or how much distance he'd covered. 'They thought I was being an a**hole' he said 'because I had no clue. But it didn't matter to me, and, if I was looking at those numbers I probably would have gone crazy!' In the end it took him 39 days to cover 1000 km, much of which had not previously been flown. The first 100 km of the journey was made on foot as Jordan marched away from the stabilizing effects of the Pacific sea breeze. Once nestled in the mountains, things came together and, despite having to wait patiently for good weather windows, a mere 75 km had to be walked between the first and last cross-country flights of the journey, some spanning up to 140 km of uncivilized, un-landable terrain, shattering Jordan's expectations of both flying in Canada, and himself as a pilot. When asked if this was a record, he said 'Perhaps it will be one day, but first someone else needs to be crazy enough to give us something to compare it to.' For now, Jordan's goal is to share what he's learnt about the land, the air and himself through photos, stories and eventually a film which will premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in February of 2017.
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..