Catching a drift over Colombia’s ‘beautiful city’ – The Independent

Catching a drift over Colombia’s ‘beautiful city’ – The Independent

In this story for The Independent I became a fully-qualified paragliding pilot in Colombia. In two weeks I embarked upon 28 solo flights and, thankfully, survived to tell the tale.

 

The next morning I was bleary-eyed but determined. With hands clasping the polyester lines, I lunged at the crest of the hill as my glider filled with air. Ten lurching strides later, I was airborne, soaring almost weightlessly and silently above a tree-lined valley peppered with cattle and high-pitched mopeds whizzing along tiny roads.

 

I could make out the Andes looming to the north, while to the left a spiral of turkey vultures soared in a rising thermal with grace and ease. I felt comparably clumsy, clenching my fists in the handles of the harness, listening for instructions on the radio strapped to my chest. 

 

Read the full story here. 

Date

October 20, 2015

Category

Words