Learning to Fly: Paragliding Off the Aiguille Du Midi 3842m

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The last three years I have spent a lot of time walking along the Chamonix valley with my head turned upwards staring at the paragliders dancing in the sky. Inspired by their grace I always dreamt of joining them to jump off mountain tops.

Then, at the Chamonix Adventure Festival, I discovered the films of paraglider Jean Baptiste and the Everest paragliding adventures of Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar in Hanuman Airlines. My view of what is possible was transformed.

So, on the morning of 22 April, after days of stormy, grey weather, Sean at FlyChamonx spotted a brief weather window. And, with the help of his colleague Patrick, I took my first flight: A stunning journey from the top of the Aiguille Du Midi (3842m) amongst the mountain tops of the Mont Blanc Massif.

I was brought to tears by the beauty of the landscape and the grace of flying.

For me, proof if it were needed, that dreams do come true.

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