Catching not catching

  • 2006-08-02
  • By Tassos Coulaloglou
"It's safer than driving a car," explained my instructor, Stefan, as he checked our reserve chute and made sure my harness was securely fastened. It was little comfort in a country where accidents are as common as buzz cuts. But in a few minutes, we're launched hundreds of meters above the ground. The view is stunning, the ride is smooth, and the experience is peaceful as the giant modified parachute acts like a wing and is controlled with two handles, allowing us to move left and right, up and down. After a few minutes, we gently land back on solid ground.This is paragliding and it's proba...
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