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Hang gliding, the sport of the Few, The Foolhardy, and the Thrill Seeking. Not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee.

 

Hang gliding

For those who look at birds with longing this is the sport! Imagine flying over beautiful mountain ranges, gorgeous meadows, flying among the elite of the air. Hawks, Eagles, Ravens all beautiful powerful flying machines. Hang gliding lets you join these athletes of the sky. Without engine noise and controlled only by the pilots motions this is as close to flying as humans can get without being in a squirrel suit.

Some terms an athlete might hear shouted while whistling through the air 1000 feet above the ground include:

Evening magic:
Evening magic is when a valley that's been heating all day releases its hot air upwards, as cooler air from higher ground flows downwards. The resulting air is gently buoyant, and widespread areas of lift can support gliders until sunset and beyond.

LZ
Landing zone.

Sled
...or "sled ride"...is when you launch your glider and find no lift, sinking all the way to the ground. The term is used by participants in all forms of gliding, whether hang gliding, paragliding, or sail-plane gliding.

 

Slot
An area cleared of trees on a tree-covered mountain or ridge, allowing gliders to launch.

 

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