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Virgin Patagonia

Virgin Patagonia - Iceberg calved from San Rafael glacier, Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Aisen, Chile

When busy city life gets on my nerves I turn on my photo gallery. It calms me down and serves as a therapy. It is a proof that out there there is a world which makes me happy. Where life is simpler and landscape is gorgeous. No stress, no rush, and every morning you have your breakfast with a view no money can buy. Try it. Dim the lights and watch the photos from our last summer Expedition Explorers V to virgin Patagonia:

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Photo: Iceberg calved from San Rafael glacier, Northern Patagonian Ice Field, Aisen, Chile

Epic in Iquique

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I was always drawn to the desert north of Iquique, to its remoteness. I flew there at many desolate places. But I always wanted to make the big flight. And then the forecast for yesterday was very promising so we gave it a try. We took off from Alto Hospicio heading north. High above Marinero Desconosido we said good bye to the safety of the city of Iquique and we continued farther north. What followed was one of the most unforgettable flights of years of my paragliding in the Atacama Desert.

The views were beyond spectacular. Deep canyons. Vertical cliffs crashing into Pacific. Dry meandering rivers. High rock faces. Unbelievable colors. Hardly any place to land and no roads or access for miles. Absolute solitude and wilderness. A really epic flight. The desert at its best. After four and a half hours of flying we climbed in the last thermal and went on the final glade across the big bay of Camarones. We landed together at the beach of Caleta Camarones. 123.47km in a straight line from Alto Hospicio. It is a new open distance record of Alto Hospicio.

More photos here.
My flight track is here.

Photo: Paragliding across the bay of Camarones, The Atacama Desert, Chile

Pinzgau Walk

Pinzgau Walk -  Paragliding along the main spine of the Alps in Grossglockner area, Pinzgau valley, Austria

Looking back at my paragliding season in Europe I cannot forget excellent flying in Pinzgau, Austria. The flying, the landscape, the logistic are all so different there to what I am used to. You get to the takeoff by a cable car designed by Porsche. The takeoff is an enormous green meadow at over 2000m (6,500ft). Thermals are sparse but wide and strong. Altitude gains are big. And the views over the main spine of the Alps are amazing. You can almost touch Grossglockner 3798m (12,461ft) and fly over its glaciers. Flying in high alpine environment of sharp snowy peaks with steep rock walls and deep valleys is my favorite type of European adventure.

More photos of paragliding in Pinzgau here.

Photo: Paragliding along the main spine of the Alps in Grossglockner area, Pinzgau valley, Austria