Simplicity - I have two modes, Hike and Fly ..but no matter which, one thingos certain, weight sucks.

Thanks to MEC and my other amazing sponsors, I am blessed to have the lightest and best versions of everything I absolutely need ..starting with the Ukulele ofcourse! =P B

XBC - The Gear List

September 22nd, 2016 - Silverton, British Columbia, Canada

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 Ozium Harness (foam removed for space)
High Adventure Beamer 3 Lite Directional Reserve
Revolver Snowboard Helmet
Garmin E-trex GPS (simple)
Flytec Variometer (old, sound only)
Samsung Galaxy S4 Phone with Topograpical Maps

Camping


Delorme inReach SE Two-Way Satellite Communicator
Ozone Geo Lite 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

Camera + Charging


Sony RX 100 M4
Gopro 4 Silver
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Pannel
Goal Zero Flip 30 USB Battery Pack

Clothing


Oboz Beartooth BDry Boots (1)
MEC Synthetic Antimicrobial Underwear (3) and Shirt (1)
MEC Merino T2 Zip Hoodie 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

Food for 5 days


1 kg Peanut Butter
500 g Instant Ramen Noodles
500 g Rolled Oats
250 g Espresso Coffee :)
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XBC Complete - Press Release

[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.

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XBC : A Dream Come True

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

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The Boy Who Flies

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.

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A Canadian Dream

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.

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