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 celebrateRead more..
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. Paragliding Ozone Alpina 2 Ozone [url=http://www.flyozone.com/paragliders/en/productsRead more..
September 7, 2016 - Calgary, AB - 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. Read more..
'WOULD YOU LIKE TO DANCE?' I ASKED. From that point on, only two outcomes were possible: exhilarating success or epic failure. Except that this was not grade six. This dance was in the sky, and the girl towards whom I hesitatingly shuffled was none other than the Bugaboo Spire herself. This is how a novice like me wound up on the aerial adventure of a lifetime. I travel around the world in search of places to fly long distances, safRead more..
As we crest the pass in the cool morning breeze, familiar smells fill our noses and air intakes alike. The sweet smell of pine trees and patchouli women remind us of the great, forgotten land from which we once came, British Columbia. My thoughts drift through corners as Honey Bus' engine chugs along, keeping the beat to which I may lay down the tracks of memory: Two years of non-stop adventure, harmonizing all of the love, upset, successRead more..
After 'cheese' the first word I learn in any new country is 'yes.' It's a survival thing. You see, despite my red hair and funny looking face, it is not uncommon for someone to begin speaking to me, in their native tounge, as if I were their neighbour. And though I could find polite ways to stop them, I have found that it requires less effort if I just say 'yes' after each statement, occasionally throwing in a 'No!' for texture. InRead more..
With our laminated map and canadian accents, we've been running around looking for mountains none has ever heard of, winding up on roads which haven't been used since the British occupation. We got lost in the Rhumpi district of Northern Malawi. Though people were kind, they were still speaking a dialect different than the one we'd learnt in the south. As we drove towards an exciting ridge on our map, the rough rRead more..
At about 5 km/h, I drifted patiently along the long, low ridge, relishing in the joy of the shouting villagers below. Smelling the sweet lake breeze, I imagined the experience of having spent an entire life in such a remote place only to, one day, look up from my fishing boat to find a giant banana swinging a foreigner to and fro. Just when I thought I knew a thing or two about this tiny country, it surprised me with a curveball I could have neveRead more..
When I signed up for my first paragliding lesson ten years ago, I felt that I was achieving some unsurmountable height simply by paying the deposit to do something so unbelievable. How then, is it possible that, after spending three days stuck on top of a remote mountain with three of North America's top-ranked paraglider pilots, today could just feel like another day at the office? Not long ago, Nick Greece, Matt Beechinor and Gavin McCluRead more..
I never thought it could happen to me. As I scoured Google Maps in search of Malawi's highest peak, my objective was to train the first Malawian to paraglide, have him fly from there, and make a film about it. It was an epic 'top-to-bottom' and we all went home satisfied. Three years later and I have returned to this magical land with a deep hunger, no longer to teach others, but to teach myself. The lesson: Fly faRead more..