So Jared is an experienced paraglider. He got into it in college and has loved it ever since. It seems a little crazy but it’s actually pretty safe and he’s a very safe pilot. I had only done one tandem on a teeny bitty hill and really wanted to try another. Interlaken is a paragliding mecca so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it again.
We took the tram up to to a peak and then hiked down to the cloud base (that’s me on the left) with a bunch of other paragliders
We were going to try to launch off of this peak but as you can see, the cloud level was higher than we thought.
We hiked down further and found another spot to launch beneath the clouds.
Once that wing was set up on the ground the instructor and I started running down that hill and pretty soon our feet were off the ground (craaaazy!). We caught some thermals and got higher over that valley and then headed over that 3,000 foot cliff ahead (that was one point I had to close my eyes for a second)
We had a nice landing right here in this gorgeous valley. I didn’t have much to compare it to but Jared said it was the best flight of his life. For me it was for sure one of the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced. The valley was also a really popular spot for base jumping. You’d look up and see people just flying off a 3,000 foot cliff in their wing suits. INSANE!
Have you ever done something crazy like that? I think I was more terrified watching the video later than during the actual flight (it was surreal) but geez what an amazing way to experience the Alps!