We dont have feathers or hollow bones. Nor are we equipped with wings with which to harness the air. The reality is, that most of us will never leave terra firma without visiting an airport. There is, however, an alternative. It is the ultra-purist form of aviation known as paragliding. Strictly powered by air, paragliders soar on wind currents using only an inflatable wing made of rip-stop nylon. As conditions improve, pilots are ticking off the areas classic flights. Heres a look at a local favorite launch site: Falls Creek.

Colorful tangles of kevlar cord attach pilot to wing. Forrest Jones soars the colorful ridgeline above the Falls Creek
Valley. Jones preps his wing for lift off A pilot catches the ridge lift above the Animas Valley. Brake toggles, shown here, engage and steer the kite.


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