Red Bull X-Alps Challenge

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Maybe you missed it (um, I did), but the Red Bull X-Alps Challenge finished up last month in Monaco. The idea was simple, but extremely cool.

Paragliders compete in the race by climbing peaks and seeing how far they can go by riding the turbulent air currents over the Alps. When they land, they have to scale the nearest and/or tallest peak and head off again. The idea is to cover the entire distance between Ramsau am Dachstein to Monaco. It took the winner, a Swissman named Alex Hofer 13 days to complete the race.