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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Jumping into Alpine skies
Photos by Richard Schear
Can you imagine jumping off one of the mountains in the Swiss Alps? I can't begin to imagine doing it myself, but this week we saw people who do it ... one floating serenely in the blue of an Alpine spring sky, one appearing near to (but probably quite far away from) a gondola lift, and one re-packing his parachute after surviving this amazing experience. Apparently, this isn't a new idea, either. People didn't wait for interpersonal communication devices, or for Global Positioning Systems, or for variometers to tell them what the birds already knew: whether an air current is rising or sinking (good to be born knowing, as birds are, but humans aren't) as mentioned in this Wikipedia article. When people first began jumping off mountains to enjoy that floating flying feeling, they didn't have these instruments. Paragliding? Not for me, but when the Alpine skies are blue, some people love it.
Posted for Sky Watch Friday
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