Long before I was a paraglider I was a backpacker. I grew up in the time of external frame packs, lived through the transition to internal frame (an Arc’teryx Bora 40 was my first), got into ultra lightweight packs, and only then found paragliding and temporarily forgot about the principles of carrying a load in […]
This was originally written for SAILING Magazine, and is published here with the consent of the Schanen family (owners of the J/145 MAIN STREET on Lake Michigan– http://sailingmagazine.net). Once every 24 hours, for a scant 15 minutes or so, waves break on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. The break is less than 200 yards from the
I am an edgewalker. I am some strange amphibian in a world of lakes and raised dikes. I cross from one body of water to another, swimming on the surface, perhaps porpoising down, though never to the bottom. The bottom is deeper than I am willing to go. I wander always, restless to see more.
Look, I’m a normal guy trying to do difficult things. The idea is in reaction to the “that guy’s got hollow bones” comment that paragliders will say when they see a really good pilot, especially one doing better than them*. It’s the same kind of thing you’ll hear with climbers talking about Honnold’s amygdala, or
I hit the ground (again) the other day flying, took a 50% collapse (half the wing just faded away) about 75 feet above ground. Managed it well enough to land without injury, but it definitely wasn’t a planned landing and certainly could have been much worse. The 2 other guys who were on site at
I’ve been thinking about networks lately, inspired by recently reading Joshua Cooper Ramo’s The Seventh Sense. The driving takeaway is that developing a sense for understanding the networks in any given situation gives an advantage over an understanding based on older frameworks.
In the vein of continually getting better, I just started sending out a “pre-interview” request for the Paleo Treats podcast. This one went out to Gavin McClurg, a paraglider. They’ll probably change as I go along, but I thought you’d enjoy it.